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This ornate piece gives a generous nod to the ornate festoon necklaces of the mid to late Victorian era, and is indeed consisting of parts belonging to those eras, with components dating to the mid-Victorian to late Victorian era (1860 to 1900). The pendant portion appears to be hallmarked with the Exeter, England assay office's mark for 1862 and sterling.
The pendant portion consists a cherub (though they evidently made them muscular back then...) top portion, and a bird or dragon bottom portion. Both pieces are floral & scroll-work in design. (I suspect that pendant was in fact a part of an ornate chatelaine at some point.) I have attached a late Victorian oval-ring sterling silver watch chain, as well as vintage sterling heart dangles as droppers to finish the piece to complete it.
The pendant portion measures 2.96" from top to bottom (the point of the heart), with a maximum width of 1.66" from side to side. The entire necklace measures just under 17.75" from end to end, and the chain itself has a maximum width of 0.09" (2.3 mm) from edge to edge. This piece weighs 18.9 grams.
*** Having dealt in antique & vintage jewelry for over a decade now, I find myself with growing pile of pieces for repair. Unfortunately doing repairs, though a necessary part of my business, can become a dull task, so to allow a little fun & creativity in my days, I am upcycling and converting some of the old into new. This is one of those pieces.
I take pride in my work, so I have done my best to ensure clean & well detailed finishes to my pieces - both front and back. I provide multiple photographs so that the buyer can see the quality of workmanship that goes into each piece I construct. These aren't 'cut and paste pieces' - I intend for them to endure a lifetime of wear, with the hopes that they will eventually be passed down to the next generation - just as the treasured heirlooms they consist of were intended to be. ***
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Silver, Size: N/A
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Victorian Sterling Silver Ornate Festoon Pendant Necklace Conversion Piece
$219 USD SOLD
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