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1920s Neiger Brothers Czech Glass Egyptian Revival Bead Necklace
Max and Norbert Neiger were two Czech brothers who made beautiful jewelry with Czech glass in Gablonz, Czechoslovakia from 1905 to the 1930s. As the Germans advanced near Gablonz in 1939, the Jewish brothers left their factory and escaped to Bohemia, where they continued to produce jewelry in a scaled-down operation. They were later arrested in Prague and, in 1942, were killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz. While their story is tragic, the jewelry they left behind is inspired and artistic.
The Neiger Brothers often used Chinese and Indian motifs and with the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922, they made gorgeous pieces for the enthusiastically received Egyptian Revival. Their jewelry was of the highest quality and became popular in Europe and the U.S.
This Neiger Brothers scarab bead necklace features the seated figure of Pharaoh King Tut on both sides. The shield is molded Czech glass in a bright yellow color (the Neigers made this necklace in a variety of different colors...the yellow is a rare one).
The chain of beads varies with long cylinders, figural scarab beads, and smaller spacers. These are hand-knotted. The scarabs and Tut are highlighted with goldish/brown accents in the grooves of the glass. Some of it shows age-appropriate wear. There's no clasp but none is needed as this easily glides over the head.
The necklace is 32 inches around. The 1 3/8 by 2 inch pendant and the beads above it hang 3 1/2 inches long at center. The necklace weighs 48 grams. There's one small nick to bottom edge of one side of the pendant. The other side is fine. The beads are all good with no dings. The thread looks solid enough to hold another 100 years. This beautiful necklace is in excellent vintage condition.
Once you see the work of Max and Norbert Neiger, you don't forget it and like many collectors, you want to see more. (NOTE - Photo below is of Max Neiger, taken for a 1924 driver's license.)
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Yellow / Brown / Gold, Size: 32 inches around - Center drop 3 1/2 inches
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