We have seen a few of these little Japanese necklaces from post-WWII 1950's and this is one of the more interesting of them. Each bead is glass and the individual fruits seem to be hand-painted. Some of the paint is chipped off of several of the pieces. There are 6 apples and 5 pears with a variety of red, green and white spacers. The white spacers are actually four separate pieces fitted together to look like one bumpy bead. All pieces are glass. The apples are made from yellow glass that has been painted red. There is some paint loss on the apples so that some of them are showing the yellow glass underneath. The new owner could remove all of the red paint from them and then they would be lemons! The clasp is brass and heavily oxidized. It works just fine though. The necklace out use some cleaning. We are always fearful of damaging these old things by cleaning them, so we will leave it to the new owner to make that decision. This is a small necklace, typical of the times. It measures 15 inches end to end. The apples are about 10 x 10 mm.
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