Articulated Fish Pendant Gilt Silver Chinese Export
Offering a wonderful, articulated fish pendant with jewel tone enamel colors of bright green, powder blue, off white and a hint of orange around the mouth. All the fins have movement and the body moves like the motion of a fish moving through water, quite a clever design. We have included a vintage gold filled chain. A lovely gift for the ocean lover or those born under the sign of Pisces.
MATERIAL Pendant is gilt silver with a gold wash over 900 silver, also known as vermeil, with jewel tone enamel. Chain is gold filled.
SIZE Pendant measures almost a 2 inch drop including the bale. The fish tail is 0.625 inch wide which is the widest section of the fish’s body. The chain measures about 17.5 inches. Total weight 5.0 grams.
MARKS Pendant is not marked but this is a recognizable Chinese export piece based on style and design. The silver tests between 900 and 925 with jeweler's acid and a test stone. Most Chinese export jewelry ranges from 800 silver to 925, or sterling silver. The chain is marked as gold filled.
AGE circa 1950s to 1960s
SYMBOLISM or HISTORY The articulated fish pendant has powerful symbolic meaning in Chinese culture, representing wealth, happiness, and luck among other things. They are a popular wedding gift to wish the happy couple a long, prosperous marriage.
CONDITION There is some wear to the enamel, especially around the edges of the face. Enamel colors are vibrant. Price reflects enamel wear. Darkened patina on the silver which has only been lightly cleaned. The last photo is taken outdoors in natural light. Great, vintage condition.
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