Beautiful Antique Victorian English Silver Filigree Necklace And Locket
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Beautiful Antique Victorian English Silver Filigree Necklace And Locket:
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE VICTORIAN ENGLISH SILVER NECKLACE with LOCKET. FREE SHIPPING with USPS First Class Package/Insured.
- Age Circa:Victorian C. 1837 - 1901Markings: Unmarked, Tested
- Country of Origin: England
- Gram Weight: 22.6 Grams
- Metal Type:.925 Sterling Silver
- Condition: This item is over 100 years old! The overall condition of both the chain and locket is excellent. The locket opens easily and fastens shut securely.
A fabulous and very rare antique Victorian filigree silver book chain, with a stunning Victorian silver pendant locket.A beautifulsterling silver necklacefrom the Victorian era! This fabulous piece is comprised of an ornate locketthat hangs from a long book chain. This incredible necklace is a wonderful example of Victorian artistry and would make a very special addition to any collection!
The locket: I have been told that this is a perfume locket, not one that would normally be used to hold a photo. Perfumed fabric squares were placed inside the filigree lockets to camouFlage the stench due to unpleasant odors from limited personal hygiene and rather disagreeable smells from sanitary conditions in the streets.
English Birmingham filigree work is rather rare asnot very much of it was made. A few examples of this type of work are held by the Birmingham assay office and there is a Card case featured in the Silversmiths of Birmingham Book by Kenneth Crisp Jones showing similar filigree work.
Inabook called British Manufacturing Industries written in 1876. found via Google Books this information was noted :-
"About twenty years ago an effort was made in Birmingham to introduce, or rather revive, the production of silver filigree work as applied to various articles of personal decoration, and although some good work was done, the effort failed, and I believe that nothing of the kind is now done in England. Yet filigree presents a wide field of application, in which female labour and skill could be largely employed. The manipulation of a delicate wire, either in silver or gold, into decorative forms is a light and elegant kind of work, in which taste and ingenuity would have great scope. Possibly some turn of fashion may ere long bring it into demand ; at present the filigree jewellery sold in England is of foreign production, chiefly Swiss and Italian"
Judging by the style of the necklace popular during the mid 19th century I think thisitem was madeduring this recorded1856 failed revival of filigree silverwork.
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