Antique Russian painted enamel and vermeil folding triptych locket
Russian, 19th Century
When open: Height 5cm, width 11cm, depth 1cm
When closed: Height 5cm, width 4cm, depth 1cm
This wonderful triptych locket is crafted from vermeil, or gilded silver. The Russian locket features three folding parts, the interior of each fitted with an enamel plaque painted with a Christian scene. The external surfaces of the locket are engraved in Cyrillic and adorned with engraved motifs, such as a cross. The silver is marked ‘84’, indicating 87.5% silver purity.