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Victorian Niello Silver Guard Chain

$1,500.00

Victorian Niello Silver Guard Chain

$1,500.00


Description

DATE: Victorian, c.1890

A gorgeous antique guard chain with niello fancy links and clasp. At 58 inches it's a great length, and the craftsmanship is exceptional - the niello links alternate with rose gold gilded belcher links. Dating from the late Victorian period, circa 1890, it's likely of French origin.

Niello is an ancient technique, similar to enamelling, but using a black mixture of silver, copper, lead, and sulphur. The power or paste is added to the base metal (usually silver) and then fired until it melts, then left to set in place. There’s evidence of the technique being used as far back as the Bronze Age, and it has been used throughout history by many cultures including the Byzantines, Romans, Islamic world, and the Far East.

MEASUREMENTS 

Length: 28 inches

Niello Links: 2.0cm

WEIGHT 

27.6g

MARKS 

No marks present, tests as Silver

CONDITION 

Excellent

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