Victorian Sterling Niello Horseshoe & 9kt Riding Crop Necklace
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 charming horseshoe pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era is a wonderful example of the Niello art form! This lovely piece is made of sterling silver and depicts a 3-dimensional horseshoe with a 9kt yellow gold riding crop in the center. The horseshoe is detailed with an enameled Niello surface patterned with silver nails on the sides. The riding crop is set across the middle of the horseshoe and the handle wraps around one side, creating a visually interesting design. The pendant hangs from a complimentary sterling silver chain comprised of elongated open links, which fastens in the back at a simple spring ring clasp. A very wearable everyday piece, it is a must for any Niello lover or equestrian enthusiast!
Measurements: The entire necklace measures 21" long. The horseshoe pendant hangs approximately 7/8" long, measures 3/4" at the widest point and 1/8" thick at the deepest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting, Niello enamel detail, or yellow gold accents. The chain is in good condition, and the spring ring clasp is secure and in good working order.