Early E.A. Bliss jewelry is extremely rare and collectible. This is an intricate and very beautiful lavalier style necklace dating from the early 1900's. It has a Victorian meets Egyptian Revival design aesthetic.
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 maker's mark was only used between 1875 and a little after 1920. Through a series of name changes and owner changes, the company ultimately became the contemporary Napier Company.
This extraordinary necklace exudes the quality and elegance for which the Bliss Company is known, cast in old-world brass.
The pendant and hanging centerpiece have the most astounding filigree and beautiful bezel set green, blue, yellow and red glass stones.
A hallmark on the reverse of the horizontal piece features one of the company's rarest and sought after hallmarks.
This maker's mark with the circle E A Co (the little "o" is inside the "C") with the little honey bee in the top right corner was used from the late 1890's until approximately 1917.
The chain is comprised of longer brass links and alternating small loops, giving it a unique look and feel. The nesting loop clasp features a beautiful stamped floral pattern.
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.
Measurements: The chain is 17" long, the center piece is 7/8" wide and 1 5/8" long. Weight: 4.2 grams
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