BOLD ANTIQUE ART NOUVEAU BOOK CHAIN NECKLACE!
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You are bidding on a large Art Nouveau collector's piece necklace. The ornate central piece is a three layer sandwich of finely detailed repousse metal (stamped over a mold). It is 1 7/8" x 2 3/4" and is flanked by two repousse pieces that are 5/8 x 1 1/4". The book chain these are connected to is 12 1/2" long total, making the entire necklace just over 16 1/4" when closed. T is no maker's mark on this piece, but it is quite good workmanship and has a distinctly European flavor. As to the metal, I have studied it and tested it for magnetism and silver, and have finally come to the conclusion that it is heavy silver plate over copper--which would also tend to support a European origin, as American jewelry makers tended to favor brass as a base metal. The plate is in very good condition, given the age of this piece, and has a nice deep patina. It has some tarnish, but I did not attempt to remove it, only washing this in mild sudsy water to remove some grime. Only on the book chain is t some wear to the silver plate apparent to the naked eye, and it just doesn't detract at all from the impact that this piece has! The photos have quite a few reflections of the yellow shirt I was wearing at the time I took the photos. For additional photos, please email me. For the serious collector of turn of the century jewelry, this is a truly... read more