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I am not sure I understand all the information you gave.
Is this correct -
You paid $800 for a locket that a jeweler told you was made of 9ct gold and dated ca1895, Is this correct?
Have you taken the piece to be tested to see if it is 9ct? It does not look as though it is solid gold.
Are there any marks stamped into the metal? These are mostly to be on the rims.
I look forward to your replies.
I do not believe it is solid gold. There are too many spots on the metal. The gold plating might be 9ct but this would not indicate solid gold.
It looks old and I do feel it is probably at least 40 years old but not over 80 years old.
$800 is far too much for this poorly ID marked piece as unusual as it is.
I would take it back for a refund.
I truly wish I had better news.
In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.
Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.
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You should see either a 375 ( 37.5% of solid gold - represents the quality of 9ct gold) or you should see 9 ct or 9 K.
I used to carry antique jewelry, including many lockets, in my former store. Yes, the 4 compartment locket is unusual but almost certainly not as old as 1895.
The front and back disks may also be plated as these do not get the same wear at the rims.
Even if you are correct that the rims are brass and the front and back are gold with a date of 1895, the locket should not be priced over $500.
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