19th Century Boots Necklace
The 19th century Victorians had a real soft spot for whimsy, especially in their jewelry. Referred to as “novelties”, the subject matter could vary from a pair of earrings in the form of a tennis racket to an iridescent beetle mounted into a gold brooch. Another interesting item not restricted to just the Victorians is that throughout the history of jewelry, aficionados and connoisseurs have combined elements from any number of jewels and fittings to create an entirely “new” piece.
Here we have an example of a lariat necklace which is a result of a marriage between a set of two matching boot motif needle guards and trace or belcher link chain. The “boots” are highly detailed down to the separate sole and heel. Fine chasing embellishes the guards with texture and visual interest. The chain is secured to the boots via “O” fittings. Makes for quite an unusual and most charming necklace.
Condition: Very good; a marriage of an antique chain and antique boot stitch guards.
Hallmarks: “750” for Continental mark for 750/1000 parts silver (sterling is 925 or higher).
Measurements: Boots are 1-3/4 inches (4.3 cm) in length long by just shy of ½ of an inch (2.2 cm) in width by 7/8 of an inch (1.1 cm) in depth. Chain is 32 inches (85 cm) in length not including boots. Boots and chain have a weight of 11.3 grams (7.3 dwt).
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 – 1890 and is Continental in origin.
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