Victorian Sterling Medallion Pendant & Niello Chain
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.
A fantastic sterling medallion pendant and Niello chain from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful piece is comprised of a sterling medallion pendant in a family crest design which hangs from a unique Niello chain. The medallion features several cutout shapes and has the hallmarks an anchor, a lion, and the letter "f" stamped on the back, as well as a maker's mark that appears to read "R.B s".
Most likely not original, the sterling medallion hangs from a Niello chain (ca1880). Ornately decorated, 10 open Niello links alternate with 3 smaller sterling silver links which are plated in 9kt rose gold. 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 spring clasp. The chain and medallion pendant compliment each other perfectly and look fantastic when worn together. It is a wonderful piece and would be a perfect addition to any Victorian collection!
Measurements: The entire length of the chain measures 16.5" long. The medallion pendant measures approximately 1 1/2" at its widest point, hangs 2 1/8" long, and is a little less than 1/8” thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the chain and pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the medallion or the Niello chain. The clasp fastens securely and is in good working condition.