Victorian Long Sterling Niello Watch Swivel Chain 45
Niello is the art of ornamenting metal surfaces that is thought to have originated with the Egyptians and spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. It is enamel-like substance made alloys of sulfur, copper, silver and lead and used as an inlay on engraved metal.
This wonderful Niello chain is a fine example of the Niello art. Extra long in length, this chain is from the Victorian (ca 1880) era. Ornately decorated, 34 open Niello links alternate with 3 sterling silver links. Each open link is engraved and enameled all around in a traditional striped Niello motif. The clasp of the chain is the original Niello toggle and Niello spring clasp, which makes it easy to attach a locket or pendant. This fabulous piece would look great worn alone, or with a pendant or locket attached!
Measurements: The entire length of the chain measures 45" long. The niello links measure approximately 5/8" long and 1/8" wide. The three silver links measure approximately 1/2" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the chain is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the silver or the Niello enameling. The clasp fastens securely and is in good working condition.