This stunning chrome and galalith necklace was produced by the German company, Jakob Bengel in the early 1930’s.
Founded in 1873,the company first produced pocket watch chains in brass and silver. During the early 1930s the company began to experiment with more versatile new materials and designs,His geometric designs in chrome and bakelite (galalith) epiomise the Art Deco movement. Sadly the advent of World War 11 meant that the use of galalith in jewellery was prohibited so the company ceased production. Fortunately they had built up huge stocks which were stored away until they came to light in the 1970’s.
This piece has all the typical features of a features of a Bengel piece The style itself is typical but also the chain and most particularly the clasp.
The necklace is 17 ½” (44cms) long. The galalith roundels are 25mms and 17mms across. The central area is 3” (7.5cms) wide.
In the centre is a roundel of scarlet galalith overlaid with a chrome roundel. On either side are smaller, black discs with chrome overlays. In between are shiny , chrome balls. The centre is mounted on a distinctive chain, double links forming an elongated triangle shape. The typical screw in clasp has a raised decoration of tiny dots.
The galalith discs on the back are plain.
In fine vintage condition with only the minutest signs of age, this stunning and highly collectable necklace will arrive in a gift box.
Art Deco Galalith and Chrome Necklace - Jakob Bengel
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