Extremely Rare ca 1890's E.A. Bliss Co. Masterpiece Egyptian Revival Lavalier Necklace
It is truly a masterpiece and one that you will want to keep as a treasure and pass down to your next generations.
Early E.A. Bliss jewelry is extremely rare and collectible. The early beginnings of what became the current Napier company, Bliss and Carpenter started in 1875 when E.A. Bliss and J.E. Carpenter acquired the Whitney and White company.
Soon after, the company became E.A. Bliss Co.
This is no shrinking violet necklace. It measures almost 2" across and is 3" long.
This is the most coveted of maker's marks for E.A. Bliss. This first maker's mark with the circle E A B with the little honey bee in the top right corner was used from the late 1890's until approximately 1917.
The subsequent Bliss Brothers hallmarks are much plainer and show BB Co. or Bliss. In 1907, or slightly later, the company changed names to the more well known Napier Company and Bliss Brothers hallmarks became obsolete.
The piece is cast in glorious, old-world brass and set with a central cabochon scarab. Two brass "leaves" extend from the central pendant, from which the respective chains are attached, in a semi-bib style.
A similarly colored, lengthier, more abstract scarab dangles from the center.
The necklace pendant is surrounded with and further adorned with richly assorted colored rhinestones. The combination of the rhinestones against the brass and scarab "makes" this piece.
The rhinestones are brilliant and colorful; much more so than the pictures can show. They are sparkling, yet understated and give the necklace an overall "glimmer".
The design is an exceptional representation of early Egyptian Revival very popular in the late 1800's.
Both scarabs are gorgeous tan with brown accents. The original chain remains in excellent condition and fastened with a classic spring-ring clasp.
Exhibiting very minor darkening to the brass and a bit of natural wear, this necklace is in wonderful vintage condition. The natural patina makes this piece even more endearing.
This piece is absolutely gorgeous and is a piece you will want to keep and pass on. It is very unusual. and will be a treasure in your collection.
We have never seen such a beautiful example of Egyptian Revival jewelry. The little rhinestone detailing against the scarabs set off the piece because they are different colors and add a touch of glimmer.
Please note the central pendant is 3" long from top to bottom as shown below. This is a wonderful size and no pictures can do this necklace justice.
It is an amazing piece of original E. A. Bliss jewelry. The maker's mark with the honeybee was only used from the 1890's to 1917.
Have we gushed enough? If you saw it in person, you would understand.
This is a definite collector's piece and you will not be disappointed.
Necklace: 16 ½" total length Central Brass Pendant: 1 ¾" at widest point, 3" long from top to bottom of hanging piece Hallmark: Encircled script reading "EACo" with honey bee on the right hand circle on reverse of hanging piece - The EACo stands for EA Company
Item ID: 2509r
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