This necklace is referred to as Pinchbeck. So called, because it's inventor, Christopher Pinchbeck, a watchmaker, developed a secret formula to simulate precious gold in the 18th century. He was able to apply a finish to metal that would be hard to distinguish from gold. Unfortunately, his formula died with him. Pieces that can actually be attributed to him are very, very rare and valuable. The term Pinchbeck has been used by dealers and collectors to describe similar pieces, such as this necklace.
This example is beautiful and has a lovely floral clasp. The necklace has a wonderful gilded metal case that opens and closes securely by pressing a small button release, is circa 1800 as is the chain. The case can be removed and worn separately as it has a high carat gold ring that opens and closes to easily detach from the chain. It is the perfect pendant to complement the clasp as well.
The chain measures 39 inches long X 1/4 inches wide. The length enables this to be worn long or as seen doubled in the photo,
The pendant measures 1 3/4 inches long X 1 inch wide.
The condition and finish are very good. There are very, very minor areas of gilding loss to the pendant. Overall, it is superb.
It is an amazing statement necklace, unique and timeless.
England, circa 1800
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