This is a 32" long Victorian Vulcanite bead necklace has small agate spacer beads and a large silver plated Chinese dragon bead focal. The Vulcanite beads are shaped like pendulous flower blossoms. The small brown and white agate spacer beads are faceted banded agate. The large Chinese bead is silver plated over copper and has a raised dragon design. There is no clasp. The necklace is long enough to slip over the head with ease.
The necklace is 32" total length around. The large Chinese bead measures .875" x 1.5". Each of the Vulcanite flower beads measures 1" x .5". The agate beads are about 5mm.
Condition is good. The stringing is a bit loose.
I imagine that an original string of Vulcanite and agate mourning beads were set aside after the mourning period, to be resuscitated by the next generation (perhaps a swinging flapper?) who restrung it with the added Chinese bead. A fanciful story maybe but perhaps logical.
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