This Victorian locket and chain were both designed with niello work. Niello is the term used to define the process of fusing silver, copper, lead and sulphur and then pouring the melted metals on to incised silver. The patterns created in the silver are then filled with the fused metals. The effect is unique, and when accented with rose gold vermeil, it is transformed into a beautiful piece of jewelry.
This particular chain, originally a watch chain, has a lovely niello locket. The locket itself is distinctive, both in the pattern as well as the shape. The locket measures 1 inch long without the top ring and 1 3/8 inches with the top spring ring. It can easily removed and the chain worn alone as seen in the photos. The chain measures 18.5 inches long X a bold 1/4 inch wide. The locket joins the chain by attaching it to the spring ring.
The chain terminates with a niello dog clasp, as well as a large niello spring ring. Both locket and chain are in excellent condition. The spring ring is new, The rose links create a beautiful contrast with the subtle niello patterns. It is Continental, marked 800 silver with a maker's mark on the "O" ring. Circa, 1890
***Please note that all items listed as silver or gold are either marked (in which case there will be a photo clearly showing the mark) or have been acid tested by me to verify their metal content