Renaissance Revival Whimsy - Silver Necklace
A Renaissance revival chain of silver is appointed with a reoccurring whimsical and imaginative theme of faces of men, grotesques or chimeras. These terms are used mostly in reference to unusual and fanciful figures often on Gothic and Renaissance architecture or in designs of the period.
Medallions of silver portray thick arched eyebrows and voluptuous handlebar mustaches with lush beards as chubby cheeks and obvious ears are detailed. Above the head of each is a Gothic-like trefoil element; the head rests upon a modified term or small pedestal. Quite prodigious in weight, the continuous necklace currently has no clasp it easily slips over the head. Please note the large and elaborately engraved dog clip from which a charm or pendant can be suspended.
Cleverly, the artisans hallmarked many links of the chain in the chin region. In other words, they incorporated the utility of a hallmark, but made it part of the design and those marks are barely visible. It took us three tries for find any hallmarks! If you look very carefully at the close up shot of one link, look for a tiny standing lion facing the other way. That is the English standard mark.
Date: Circa 1900.
Measurements: 32 inches (81.3 cm) in length and is 5/16 of an inch (0.9 cm) at the widest. Weight of 44.5 grams (28.6 dwt).
Hallmarks: English standard marks.
Note: All metals are acid tested.
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