I have a passion for collecting antique English silver book chains and lockets and have amassed quite a collection over the years. This one is from my personal collection, one of my most prized, a gorgeous example from the Victorian era. The collar is unique in design, incredibly labor intensive with a stunning, complimenting locket with English hallmarks, both in excellent condition. To find a collar these days with the original extender intact is hard to come by making this piece that much more special and versatile as you can wear it with or without the extender as shown in the photos.
The collar measures at 17.5", 13.5mm wide, with the extender at 1&5/8" including the second bolt ring. Both bolt rings are period pieces not replacement as so many are these days. The links in the collar are beautifully engraved and retained their shape with no flattened links.
The beautifully complimenting ornate locket measures at a bold 1.75" by 1&3/8" without the counting the original blown, articulating bail that is stamped with a lion passant, with the bail it is 2.5". The locket depicts lovely greenery in the center with lovely lacey accents on both sides, with the front of the locket in terrific condition. The back of the locket does has a very slight ding that is barely noticeable and some light scratches but does not affect the wearability being in the back and is in quite remarkable condition considering its age. There is a maker's mark of WA Co. The lion passant and date is rubbed out but is clearly marked on the inside of the locket with the letter g for 1881.
The collar is unmarked but tested to be sterling silver. A remarkable versatile piece of accessory in history and can be worn with or without the extender as pictured in the photos. Both pieces together weigh at a hefty 50 grams total.
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