Not many people are aware that Newark, New Jersey was a major hub for the manufacture of jewelry from the late 1800's until the 1950's. One of the leading companies, the Riker Brothers, has an early history that dates back to 1846. Their pieces are quite sought after and still remain highly collectible today.
A lovely and sweet Riker Bros. horseshoe necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Originally an antique stick pin, this petite horseshoe has been expertly repurposed into a pendant, making it a stylish conversion piece! The horseshoe is crafted in 14kt gold, and is lined with delicate natural seed pearls. A gold jump ring at the top is attached only to one end of the horseshoe, allowing it to hang at a slight angle. Stamped on the back is a "14K" gold purity hallmark. Accompanying the pendant is a delicate gold chain, which fastens securely with a spring ring clasp in the back. A stylish everyday piece, it would be perfect for the equestrian enthusiast!
Measurements: The chain measures 19" long. The horseshoe pendant measures 3/4" tall and 1/2" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to any of the seed pearls, all of which are intact. Because the pearls are natural they display some normal color variation. The chain and clasp are both secure and in good working condition.