Antique Victorian Silver Parure
In its original royal purple lined box comes this magnificent silver parure (suite) of jewelry. Necklace, pendant, earring and brooch are all hand-crafted in cannetille work silver. Cannetille is the art of taking fine precious metal wire and forming spirals and filigree work. Most cannetille is light and hollow, but in this case the suite is solid and richly weighted.
The necklace is of complex beads with a gorgeous cross; the brooch is a cruciform shape with swags of silver and three dangling conical and fringed drops; and the earrings are a bead of silver with a fringed drop. All the beads are solid silver, not hollow, and are very weighty. All come encased in the original box of maroon brown leather with gold trim and interior of purple silk for the top and deep purple velvet.
Earrings Measurements: 1-5/8 inch (4.5 cm) in length by 5/8 of an inch (1.6 cm) in width; 5/8 of an inch (1.6 cm) in height. This pair of antique earrings has a weight of 19.0 grams (12.2 dwt).
Brooch Measurements: 3-3/4 inches (9.4 cm) in length by 2 inches (5 cm) in width by 5/16 of an inch (0.8 cm) in height. Has a weight of 36.4 grams (23.4 dwt).
Necklace Measurements: Pendant and fixed bale have a length of a little over 2 inches (5.2 cm). Pendant with the attached bale is 2-3/8 inches (6 cm) in length by 1-9/16 inches (4 cm) in width. The chain is 17-1/4 inches (43.8 cm) in length and 1/2 of an inch (1.4 cm) at the widest. Has a total weight of 75.7 grams (48.7 dwt).
Condition of box is good to very good; light fading and wear to the cover with light indentions; same for bottom with more pronounced wear and scratching; lid closes but does not latch.
Box measurements: 8-5/8 inches (21.9 cm) in length by 7 1/4 inches (18.6 cm) in width by 1-1/5 inches (3.5 cm) height.
Condition: Overall very good. The necklace has been shortened by two beads; brooch reverse shows several repairs - tube hinge and claps have later silver bases; clasp is replaced by a more modern safety clasp and there are 4 repairs that attach the 1/2 domes to each other. Only one of these repairs can be seen from the front - one re-attachment where the silver has melted a bit between the top clusters and the bottom cluster; the ear wires appear to be later replacements. The fringe bends easily like little springs so the shapes are slightly irregular.
Date & Origin: Circa 1850 and is Continental in origin (Western European).
Overall Scale: Medium to large and very weighty.