A Rare and Eye Catching Antique Necklace. This lovely piece dates to the Victorian Era (1837 - 1901) and is an excellent example of delicate, restrained and elegant Victorian design. The Necklace showcases the book chain style popular in the period with large, chunky silver links alternated with elegant silver rings. Delicate hand engraved foliage inspired patterns dance across the surface of the alternating links and provide a lovely contrast to the plain silver rings.The reverse of the flat links are smooth and plain. It features a secure bolt ring clasp. This is a High Quality Piece, Weighing Approximately 30.48g.
It looks lovely worn alone but would equally sit beautifully with a Victorian locket attached to the bolt ring. This piece is not hallmarked, as is the case with most Victorian book chain necklaces, but has been tested as Sterling silver and examined by an expert in Victorian jewellery. The necklace measures 48 cm long and each flat book link is approx 1.5 cm long and 0.8 cm wide. This piece is well over 100 years old but it has survived beautifully and any wear is only a sign of its authenticity and long life. It is beautiful and wearable but nevertheless, as you would expect of a genuine antique item, there are signs of age to this piece.
Namely, one of the links at the. Of the necklace has suffered with age and you can see that someone has had this piece lovingly restored after it perhaps broke with years of wear. Whereas the rest of the links move and clink freely, this link has been soldered to the silver ring and you can see where this repair has been made with a small solder mark to its side and a more significant (though not an eye sore) one to the reverse - these fall on the seams of the link. Please see the photos as evidence of this area of wear. The solder marks are visible on close inspection but when worn, and with the complex engraved details drawing the eye, they do not detract at all from the piece - they merely act as markers of how much this piece was once loved, worn so often that it was lovingly repaired so that it could be handed down and worn again and again.
In addition, two of the links near the clasp have sustained some light denting on their reverse sides but this is not seen when worn and thus it does not detract from an otherwise lovely piece. Please see the photos as these form a vital part of the listing. PLEASE NOTE: ANY BOXES INCLUDED IN PHOTOS ARE FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY AND ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE LISTING. Please feel free to ask questions and Please see my other items.The item "Rare Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Engraved Book Chain Link Necklace 30.48g" is in sale since Monday, July 22, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Vintage Fine Jewellery\Victorian (1837-1901)". The seller is "vintageandbygones" and is located in Cardigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.