Old locket pendant with gold setting 4 cm x 5 cm. Appears to be carved carnelian on one side and black onyx on the other. Seems to be in excellent condition.
Not exactly certain of history but believe that it was owned by Lissel Samson orginally. She was born in San Francisco in about 1880, moved to Berlin around the turn of the century, married in 1904 and died in 1915 in Berlin. Her husband, Josef, a Berlin born Jew (1878) was a successful physician. Doctor Samson and his much younger second wife (32 years younger) fled Germany in 1932 right when Hitler came to power. They relocated to Paris where he practiced medicine again. Both were sent to internment camps by the French in 1940 (as they were German). Later released they were able to make their way to the states in 1942 via Lisbon. They resided in NYC and Josef again practiced medicine until his death in 1962. Katie (the second wife) lived in the same apartment from 1942 to 2006 when she died at the age of 96. We received this item as part of the estate. Unfortunately the photos in the locket give us no further clues. So while this may have been acquired any time along their journey we do believe that this dates back to Josef and his first wife in some way - perhaps a gift from her parents.
Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. So that I may best assist you, can you please upload a few better images the whole of the locket pendant and also if there are any marks I would like to see those too.