Dating to c.1800-1820, I am pleased to present this beautiful and substantial pinchbeck necklace for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring a full 24" long x 4.5 mm wide, this is the first pinchbeck chain that I have had the luck to acquire this year, and it truly has all of the "bells and whistles!" As most collectors know, pinchbeck chains are so very wearable and translate so well into modern fashion, that they are among the "Holy Grails" of antique jewelry!
This rarity is wrought from pinchbeck, the gold substitute invented by Sir Christopher Pinchbeck c.1720. So successful was this alloy of 87% copper and 13% zinc that the "recipe" for this alloy was kept a family secret for generations. Genuine pinchbeck boasts the color and heft of 20k gold, but does not wear through like rolled gold or gold-filled jewelry. The invention of the electroplating process in 1840 sounded the death knell for this alloy, as it was far less expensive to produce. Today, pinchbeck jewelry has become highly sought-after in its own right, and guard or muff chains command a premium, so much so that reproductions are now flooding the market!
This Regency-era example is simply exquisite; as with the majority of pinchbeck muff chains, it was almost certainly cut down from a full length chain, which during this period measured up to 52" long. This 24" chain is the PERFECT length; it can be dressed up or down, and it is embossed with tiny stars on every link! The links themselves are nice and wide, and this chain boasts a 200-year-old patina which simply glows! The barrel clasp of this chain is a late Victorian addition, but matches the color of the chain perfectly! Weighing in at 44.19 grams, this chain is comfortable to wear, and will harmonize with all of your existing pinchbeck or high-karat gold jewelry!
If you love the BEST in Georgian jewelry, this lovely necklace is must-have, and unlike most muff chains of this date, it will not break the bank! I have seen comparable chains as short as 16" offered for over $2500 in some fine internet antique jewelry shops, but not in MY shop; I got a good deal, so why shouldn't you? This is the sort of jewel I would love to have in my own collection, but I am saving for a buying trip in April, so let my loss be your gain! This necklace would also make a stellar gift for any lady fond of genuine pinchbeck jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this rarity; up to 60-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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