In nearly everyone's favorite color, this turquoise enamelled necklace features gold-washed fretwork along with little festooning teardrops and white enamel 'pearl' accents topped by matching turquoise colored disks.
The rolo type silver chain is typical of Marius Hammer's work as is the uniquely designed twist and lock barrel clasp. (Note that to open or close this type of clasp you must plunge and twist in one motion. It is a very safe and secure closure).
This necklace is in superb condition with absolutely no damages. It bears Marius Hammer's hallmark (a capital letter 'M' with a hammer shaped mark vertically throught the center 'V' of the 'M' - see photo.
As many of you who follow my enamel items already know, Marius Hammer is the premier Norwegian enamelist (1847-1927). His works are revered and on par with many of his more reknowned contemporaries who included Louis Comfort Tiffany, Carl Faberge, Georg Jensen, and David Andersen. Those people and their companies produced similar wares made of sterling (or higher grade) silver and often the pieces were embellished with difficult- to-execute guilloche enamel work or even plique-a-jour work. Marius Hammer's works, while less well known perhaps, can still be found in the open marketplace at 'affordable' prices when compared to Tiffany, Jensen, or Faberge. Scarcer than David-Andersen pieces and much more highly valued, Marius Hammer enamel works are a great investment!
This necklace dates from ca. 1900.