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Luxurious Vintage French Sautoir


A sautoir is a term for a very long chain necklace. It is believed to have originated in the beginning of the 19th century when it was often draped around the shoulders and extended to or below the waist. The word is thought to have its etiology in the Old French word “sautoir” meaning to chain.

The style for this versatile piece re-emerged with revivals during the Belle Époque (1890-1910) and the 1920's Flapper era. Sometimes the chain is designed with an ornament at both ends or with a pendant.

This particular example is made of French silver and appears almost delicate and frilly with the type of work put into the piece. Ribbed oval links with beaded accents alternate with smaller ones with a smooth surface resulting in a chain boasting a luxurious length of 57 inches including the clasp. The necklace can be wrapped two to three times around the neck.

Date: Circa 1920.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 57 inches (144.8 cm) in length including clasp by 3/16 of an inch (0.4 cm) at the widest. Weight of 24.8 grams (15.9 dwt).

Hallmarks: French marks.

Condition: Excellent; one end "O" link replaced.

Origin: French.

Note: All metal is acid tested.

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