Signed Henry Blank (And Whiteside) & Company antique Edwardian 14k yellow gold 7.87 carat amethyst seed pearl pendant with hook back and brooch pin attachments. Very versatile, can be worn in a manner of ways- as a brooch, on a chain as a necklace pendant, or as a watch pin (or hang any favorite goodie from the hook on the back). Measures 1" x 3/4", We have added an 18" long 14k yellow gold twisted rope chain with spring ring clasp. Richly saturated purple oval faceted genuine amethyst measures 16mm x 11.5mm x 7.5mm (7.87 carat). Surrounded by 16 creamy pink seed pearls each apx. 2.5mm diameter- in a beautiful twisted wire work bezel. Simple "C" hook clasp and pin stem rounded and formed to the contours of the pavilion (back) dimensions of the amethyst. Weighs 8.4 grams. Maker marked on the clasp assembly with the "C" and arrow. In outstanding condition, with the slightest abrasions visible on the amethyst under magnification only in strong reflective light. Extremely well babied during its life. Circa 1910. (The bauble hanging from the piece in the last picture is not included.)
About the maker: Henry Blank (Whiteside) & Company- Newark, New Jersey. Originally established in 1886 as NE Whiteside and Company. In 1899 Henry Blank (originally a supervisor with The Prudential Insurance Company)- became a junior partner to the firm- renaming it Whiteside & Blank. According to American Jewelry Manufacturers by Dorothy T. Rainwater; at the start of the twentieth century Henry Blank began his annual trips to Europe and it was on one of these trips that he was a survivor of The Titanic. In 1917 the firm officially was renamed Henry Blank & Company. Henry Blank senior passed on in 1949 and the was succeeded by his son, Henry M. Blank Jr. In 1927 the company discontinue the manufacturing of fine jewelry and segued into the field of watches exclusively.