Antique Victorian long chain necklace, sautoir or muff chain. 18-22k gold. Most likely made in England, circa 1840-60.<P><P>
Measurements: Approximately 46 inches (118cm) long. 86.1 grams. <P><P>
Description: Each link consists of two parts: the simpler part is a horse-shoe-shaped ring that connects to the more complex part in the form of a double flower, naturalistically modelled both front and back and set on either side with a cabochon turquoise. The double flower form opens like a clam that grasps the loop of the next link in line.
Turquoise, associated with the blue of forget-me-nots, were popular in sentimental jewelry of the period. The color matches everything and everyone, so it is a perennial favorate. Necklaces set with cabochon turquoise, especially in the form of snakes, became very popular in the 1840's. The long, long chain necklace can be wound more than once around the neck or worn long. There is no clasp (it would be very easy to add one if so desired). <P><P>
Marks: Gold is not marked, as is to be expected of jewelry of this age. We acid tested the gold which is a minimum of 18k and up to 22k. <P><P>
Condition: good with negligible wear commensurate with age. Slight variation in turquoise color is normal and expected for turquoise of this age. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.
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