This sterling silver articulated fish is quite an incredible creature. Made in Spain circa 1920s to 1940s, the fish was made to stand as a decorative piece of intricate silver art. The body of the fish is articulated so that it moves as a real fish would move...with great flexion and grace. The highly-skilled crafting of this fish is the result of many moving parts that are connected to each other...all hidden inside the fish. There's decorative engraving along the body to look like small scales and fish detailing.
Now, we could hardly let this fish be relegated to just a life in a showcase or on a shelf. This extraordinary beauty deserves some spotlight. A chance to wiggle its way into admiring hearts. A visit to a professional jewelry designer gives this fish a fresh new life as a pendant necklace without any alteration to the fish itself. Sterling silver wire wrapped around the lower fins creates a bail for a long 24-inch sterling silver chain. Remove the chain and you can open the bail to hook the fish over any necklace you already have. Imagine this fluid fish in the center of a pearl necklace between two pearls (the bail also 'butterflies' to hook OVER a single pearl). Unwrap the wire and the fish can once again go back on display on a shelf.
The fish measures 5 1/8 inches long. It's 1 1/2 inches high. Fish and chain weigh 42.9 grams. It has red garnet (or ruby) eyes. The lower fins which act as the stand for the fish have the Spain hallmark inside. There's the pentagram which is the quality mark of at least 916 silver purity (this was acid-tested and tests as sterling silver 925). There's also a hexagonal maker's mark which is very stylized and hard to decipher. We've left this fish unpolished with original silver patina...beautiful as it is. This pendant - necklace - miniature figural fish is one of the great catches of our 49 year history of antiquing.
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