Victorian Silver & Enamel "High Life" Pendant and Chain
A lovely and whimsical necklace from the late Victorian (ca1900) era! This artistic piece is crafted in silver, and consists of an enameled pendant that hangs from a silver chain. The enameled motif depicts the gentleman's "High Life," with imagery that includes a playing card (to represent gambling), a bottle of Röderer champagne (to represent drinking), and a dancing girl (to represent socialization). The enameled detail has a lovely hand-illustrated appearance, and is surrounded by a scrolled border. A simple ring rests at the top of the disc, and the back is stamped "900." The charm hangs from a sterling silver chain, which fastens with a barrel catch at the back, marked "SILVER." A very creative commentary on early 20th century values, this charming necklace would make a unique and special addition to any vintage collection!
Measurements: The chain measures 18" long. The pendant hangs approximately 1" long (including the bail), has a 3/4" diameter, and is 1/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or enamel motif, which is free of chips or scratches. The chain is in good condition, and the clasp fastens securely. There is a natural patina that gives a slightly darkened appearance to the silver setting, which is normal for antique jewelry and adds character to the design.