This stunning, Art Deco, sterling silver and enamel necklace bears full English hallmarks for the year 1923. It was made by the famous English maker, Charles Horner. It is a wonderful example of the Arts and Crafts, Liberty style of the period.
Charles Horner (1837-1896) of Halifax, Yorkshire, laid the foundations of a thriving business which survived two world wars and eventually closed its doors in 1984. Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and Art Deco were all styles which appeared in the early jewellery which after 1905 was produced in volume. It is now highly prized by collectors.
The pendant drop is accompanied by a silver chain with a ring clasp. It measures 17½” (44.5cms) long. The drop is 2” (5cms) long. The butterfly measures 1 and 1/8” (2.8cms) across the wingspan and the roundel above is 6mms across. The necklace weighs 5.8grams.
From the chain is suspended a roundel enamelled in vibrant turquoise. From this chains are fixed to small rings on each side of the butterfly. The butterfly is beautifully enamelled in turquoise blue with raised, gold washed silver veining. The frilly wing tips are in dark blue with gold dots.
On the back is the makers mark,’ C.H.’, then the English hallmarks -the lion passant , denoting sterling silver, the three sheaves of wheat for Chester assay office and the letter, ‘, denoting the year 1923.
This very rare and beautiful necklace is a superb example of Charles Horner's work. There is a tiny lightening of the enamel on the body but otherwise all the enamel is intact . It comes to you carefully presented in a gift box ready to give or to keep.
English Art Deco Silver Enamel Butterfly Necklace - CHARLES HORNER
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