Victorian Sterling Silver Niello Watch 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.
This attractive chain from the Victorian (ca1880) era is a wonderful example of the Niello craft! Made of sterling silver, the chain is a compilation of 2 shorter watch chains that come together to form a single, fabulous piece. Although the chains are slightly different, when combined, the varying links look exquisite together, complementing each other perfectly. Each side has gorgeous elongated Niello links that are enameled on both sides and alternate with sections of rose gold chain. At the back of the necklace is a Niello swivel watch clasp and at the center is a large Niello spring ring clasp, making it easy to hang a complimentary locket or pendant if desired. A fabulous and versatile everyday piece, it is a wonderful example of the Niello art form and would make an excellent addition to any collection!
Measurements: The entire length of the chain measures 30.5" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the chain is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the the sterling silver or rose gold. There is some slight surface wear to some of the the Niello enameled motif, which is normal for a Victorian piece, and is not noticeable when worn. The clasps fasten securely and are in good working condition.