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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I purchased a c1895 4 frame locket which i was told was 9ct

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I purchased a c1895 4 frame locket which i was told was 9ct gold. i paid $800 and need to be sure ive paid for what im getting as they couldnt tell me anything on this item apart from what i just told u. the jewllers sell for a lady who goes to auctions under consignment is there any way i can find out more information on this so called antique locket
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
i click the add files icon to add more photos then it shows the file but when i click send it wont go through on ur web page ?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Expert:  Doris replied 8 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.

I have been an antiques and art collector as well as dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you. Please know I do not send pop-ups.

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.

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
jeweller said he would take a scraping and test in acid, his response in a text message was he couldnt be 100% sure of the metal used he would rather refund my money. i was told it was from the century of 1895 but they do not know exact year or even its origin. should i take back my money and run, they know nothing really at all they are just going off what the lady said to them who bought the piece at an auction and sells her stuff in their shop on consignment.
Expert:  Doris replied 8 months ago.

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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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
i paid $800 and yes they had ticket on locket that said antique c1895 i took it back to get more info because it looked to me like brass or some type of metal inside this is why i started to really question them on how much they knew and why they thought it was 9ct gold and from c1895 they told me they trusted the lady who buys from auctions and she has only come across 4 of them in the whole time she has gone to auctions. im assuming the 2 disks front and back of locket are gold but
would that warrant a price tag of $800 what is a piece like this worth if its made of brass and gold or just metal still in the century of 1895 onwards? what stamps should i find on rim? Thank u for your expertise
Expert:  Doris replied 8 months ago.

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.

Again, I hope this helps.

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