This is the finest Koi pendant I have seen. Impressive in so many ways this wonderful fish was masterfully made. The fish has the most lovely movement and every part of its body is articulated including his solid gold tail which will flip back and forth.
The jeweler who made this hand decorated every single scale. He also hand etched mouth and tail. He is extra large in size and very heavy. He measures 3 1/4" from nose to tail not including the extra length the gold O ring gives him. Across his face which is the widest portion, he is 1/2" thick. He is heavy and weighs an impressive 13.6 grams.
He is marked 14K twice. Both marks are located on scales closest to his tail. There is deep warm patina on the entire fish and he is a beautiful mellow yellow. When you look between his scales you can see very dark patina that only good age can produce.
This fish was purchased out of an Asian estate. I purchased this from the owners granddaughter. She was quite certain that her grandmother purchased the piece in the 30's. I understand that some are being made today however I have done an extensive search and only simple sterling or common enameled fish can be found online.
Mint condition with no apologies to be made. Likely American in Origin. Circa 1930, Art Deco Period. This will look fabulous on a heavy gold chain or perhaps an antique velvet ribbon. Really he is the finest Koi I can find. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
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