What a find! This is a finely detailed sterling suitcase pendant! It was manufactured by the Webster Company of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, probably in the 1930's or 40's judging by the style of the travel suitcase and the history of the company. Details on the suitcase even include a small clasp and identification tag! The pendant is marked Webster Sterling and has the distinctive hallmark (see below for details). The chain is marked Italy on one side and 925 and AT on the other side of the clasp ring. The total weight of the necklace is 21.1 grams. The pendant measures 1 7/8" by 2", and the chain is 24" long. The suitcase is in fantastic condition with only a few minor surface scratches which are to be expected on a shiny smooth silver surface of this age. This would be fun to wear and sure to draw a lot of comments!
The George K. Webster Silver Company was founded by George K. Webster in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, in 1869. The company created lines of sterling silver items, from small and intricate thimbles to large and exquisite candlesticks. George K. Webster personally oversaw and supervised every aspect of the production process, which explains the uniformly high standard of design and craftsmanship of items that bear the Webster signature. The company's sterling silver products are identifiable through its unusual hallmark, the letter "W" with a feathered arrow flying through its center, from left to right. The Webster hallmark is prominent on an array of sterling silver items that are available for sale. Some of these items might be described as "luxurious" because of their craftsmanship, but also because they were everyday items made for customers of means or the "well-to-do."
In 1958, the company bought the Frank W. Smith Silver Company of Gardner, Massachusetts. Subsequently, George K. Webster Silver Company became a subsidiary of Reed & Barton, silversmiths whose own founding dates back to 1824.
Item ID: G-15694
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