This great necklace has such a timeless style of design. Those super large links give the illusion of double strand twisted rope which is one of the design subjects Spratling was famous for. They are somewhat flat to give a nice fit around your neck but still have soft overlapping curves & deep definition lines to give the links dimension. The design is the same on the backside-no flat ugly un-patterned surface. The approx. 1 3/8" x 7/16" rope links are connected by good size jump rings giving a sturdy construction as well as a nice flow of design. The original clasp is a curved oval in shape, again continuing the flow.
The silver is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, holes, deep scratches or repairs. You do find normal surface fine line scratches, pin point indentations & un-even surface consistent with age, usage & hand crafting as expected. All parts appear to be all the originals. The marks are on the backside. The mark is the WS Print Circle (1940-46) & Spratling Silver (1940-44) hence our 1942 circa. Per research Mr. Spratling used 925 & 980 silver during this time frame. With acid testing we will guarantee the necklace to be a minimum of Sterling 925 content .
Per Phyllis M. Goddard author - "Spratling Silver: A Field Guide." [ Spratling generally used 925 silver (sterling quality) for all items other than jewelry and tea strainers until the mid 1940s. Generally, all jewelry and tea strainers during that same period 1931 to 1946 - were of 980 silver...much higher than sterling. Spratling said that 980 silver had a softer glow and complemented a woman's skin when used in jewelry. ]
The necklace is approx. 19 1/2" long. A fabulous piece of old Spratling jewelry for your collection or to wear. Currently at this time we have the matching bracelet also for sale-see Item 773.
The reference information below was made available by Ms. Goddard's website that specializes in Spratling silver, see our Favorite Links page for more information. Spratling moved to Mexico in 1929 to write a book & soon purchased a home in Taxco. Dwight Morrow, the US Ambassador to Mexico, suggested to Spratling in 1931 that Taxco had been the site of silver mines for centuries, but had never been considered a location where jewelry and objects of silver were designed and made. This suggestive comment created the birth of a rich history for the Spratling company & Taxco silversmithing. Spratling opened his first shop in Taxco in June of 1931. The original shop produced tin ware, copper items, textiles, furniture & of course jewelry. Because he had created an apprentice system of training young silversmiths many new talented artisans had an opportunity to develop their craft. Over time many of these artisans opened shops of their own – all with Spratling's support. The famous Castillo brothers of Los Castillo are just one excellent example. Throughout Mexico Spratling is acknowledged as "The Father of Mexican Silver." Certainly the town of Taxco and its economy would be vastly different without his initiative and creativity.
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