Antique Victorian Japanese Shakudo Rectangular Locket
An antique mid Victorian Japanese shakudo scenic rectangular locket with chamfered corners. Circa 1875.
Shakudo is an ancient Japanese alloy of gold and copper that is characterized by its velvety purplish-black color. Shakudo and other mixed metal inlays were traditionally used to craft decorative Japanese sword fittings. Some of these sword fittings were incorporated into Western jewelry during the nineteenth century.
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