Vintage Jakob Bengel galalith and chrome necklace in pristine condition. The subtle but intricate piece boasts 4 geometric shapes. The metal tubes so known now to bengel make up the neck piece down to the focus front then the chrome round beads come into play as spacers for the wedge shaped galalith pieces and lastly the beveled straight pieces that accompany each piece of galalith. Each and every part of this necklace moves with the wearer. Deceptively heavy this necklace closes with a c clasp that has a jump ring stamped Germany. The condition is superb and this unique piece awaits a new home to carry on its small part of the history of Bengel and germany in this period.
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Founded in 1873 by the inventive locksmith Jakob Bengel, the company first produced pocket watch chains in brass, tombac and silver, as well as a nickel alloy called ‘Doublé Americaine’. The foresight and business acumen of Bengel’s son-in-law Ernst Hartenberger enabled the firm to secure lucrative contracts abroad and create the solid foundation which in the early 1930s permitted the company to undertake an uncertain creative experiment, i.e., to prevail over the traditional historic designs in ‘imitation’ jewelry with a completely new genre in keeping with the times and current trends - namely, ‘real’, original costume jewelry.
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