Design, style, materials and workmanship indicate this beautiful festoon necklace dates from around the early 1900s to the 1920s. Chain links are the Belcher type (round flat links) and glass appears to be of Czechoslovakian origin. The necklace clasp, stations and pendant framework also have wonderful enamel work in a turquoise shade which complement the amethyst colored glass cabochons and glass faceted faux amethyst center drop. Let's begin at the top with the domed, embossed push in box type clasp. Even the domed center of the clasp has a touch of the turquoise enamel to complement the main work of the necklace. Belcher chain links extend down side stations. These open work metal ovals are embellished with a pair of tiny blossoms and turquoise enameled foliage. They are set with round purple glass cabochons. Each of these stations are strung with three swags of the Belcher chain links attached to a third matching station. From this center station a large round pendant dangles with raised metal bead framework. The center of the pendant includes an oval raised metal bead framework with a large faceted glass faux amethyst stone, unfoiled and open back set. This glass stone has an amazing purple color that complements the station cab colors beautifully. The framework also includes dabs of the turquoise enamel used on the stations and clasp. From it's top to bottom, this festoon necklace has been superbly finished.
Length of the necklace is a fixed approximate 16 inches with push in box type clasp. The decorative center spans about 6 1/2 inches. The center station and pendant are about 2 1/2 inches wide. The pendant itself is approximately 1 5/8 inches (including bail) x 1 1/2 inches wide.
Condition is excellent vintage, keeping in mind that this necklace is authentic vintage and NOT a reproduction. I believe the finish was in a golden brasstone as evidenced by portions not as exposed to the elements or handling. Much of the metal now has a more pewtertone, silvertone or pot metal finish that has mellowed into a rich patina. The enamel work is intact with a few flea bites to the enameled leaves. Glass cabs intact retaining color and luster. Center art glass oval free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. All links and soldering secure. Clasp remains strong and secure. No damage / no repairs. As mentioned above the necklace is circa early 1900s. It is possible that it may date up to the 1920s. With this in mind and realizing the necklace is in the 80 to 90 year old range, it cannot be expected to look new. There will be signs of age and wear. To those of you who appreciate early vintage jewelry, this charming necklace will be appreciated and loved.
Although it is not signed I believe it to be early Czech glass. The Belcher chain links and some of the metal work have indications of English origin. Other parts have a distinctive early American influence. This was the beginning of the dawn of fashion jewelry so some of the components appear to be crossover or transitional in nature. Design also appears to include hints of Victorian to Nouveau to the cusp of Deco. Although it's exact age is difficult to discern, this festoon necklace is a wonderful example of metal, chain, enamel and glass work. The spark of what was to become an explosion in the costume jewelry industry.
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