Q: I have a gold-filled locket with this maker's mark. The red stone bird's eye may be a ruby. The crystal-like stones are not diamonds. The inside has facing photo areas with round frames. A local jeweler appraised this at about $125. Can you identify the maker?
A: This mark was used by Bliss Brothers Co. of Attleboro, Massachusetts. The company opened in 1873 as Bliss Brothers & Everett. It was founded by Charles Edwin Bliss, Everett Bradford Bliss, and R.L.F. Everett. According to an 1883 history of the county, Bliss Brothers & Everett "made a general variety of ladies' and gents' gold-plated goods." The company became Bliss Brothers Co. sometime after 1887. Compacts, pill boxes, and other small items, including gold-filled and sterling jewelry, were made.