An antique enameled symbolic lock pendant necklace dating from the mid-1800s. The lock is in great condition with no missing or damaged enamel and has a different image on each side of the lock. Symbolic locks were intended to lock in good fortune for the warer and lock out evil and unpleasant things. It is sometimes said that the gentle tinkling sound made by the pendants hanging from the lock were intended as a warning ward pff evil spirits. This lock has the original 5 pendants hanging from it, each with an enamel image or bead at the bottom. The necklace drop is 24 inches with the addition of the lock which measures approximately 2.75 x 3.5 inches and the additional hanging pendants which measure 6 inches long. The lock is suspended from a 24 inch long forest green silk cord. A lovely and unusual piece of Chinese history which makes a striking statement necklace today.
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