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Antique Niello Sterling Watch Chain & Fob Necklace With Rose Gold Vermeil


Antique Sterling Niello Watch Chain Necklace With Fob      Circa. 1890    European

Sterling silver and rose gold vermeil  (gold over sterling silver) watch chain necklace with fob locket   Necklace has both original clasps, which allows the wearer to add their own pendants.  The gold wash is slightly worn in some areas, but that is to be expected due to the age of the necklace    The locket/fob is appropriate for a small keepsake, or can hold a few pills.

Chain is 18 inches long   The fob/locket also has a niello finish and measures 5/8" x 5/8" x 1/4" deep    (see photos)   Weight for the necklace is 24.9 g.     16.0 dwt

Niello is an inlay used in decorating in black on silver  The process involved engraving a design into a metal plate or surface, then filling the indented portions with a powdered black matte alloy.....then heated.   The alloy melts, and the residue is cleaned off leaving the desired black and silver combination    Today, niello work would be too expensive to do; costs would be prohibitive.

In excellent original condition  

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