This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique slide and watch fob/locket, circa 1890, on an antique watch chain. The locket has an inset rhinestone on the front and a cursive monogram on the back [it looks like it is "EJ"]. It hangs from an antique gold filled slide charm with an etched starburst design and embedded glass pearl.
locket is a 3/4" square
necklace is 16" long with a 2" extender
gold-filled spring ring clasp
antique gold-filled chain
antique gold-filled locket and slide charm
The inside of the locket is etched "S.K.M. & CO, " the maker's mark of S.K. Merrill & Company, Providence, Rhode Island, established by Sylvester K. Merrill in 1871. SKM produced jewelry until 1915.
The 19th century witnessed many visible comets, including the well known Halley’s comet and Comet Tebbutt, also known as “The Great Comet of 1861”. These events inspired jewelry design throughout the Victorian era. This necklace features two etched starburst motifs. The locket's etching suggests the arc of a comet along with the starburst.
This colorful necklace features a circa 1930 "apple juice" bakelite dress clip, converted to a pendant. Vertical rows of clear and amethyst-colored rhinestones add sparkle, while the handwoven brass chain features vintage (circa 1960) faceted lucite links. An antique glass button dangles from the clasp.
bakelite pendant is 2" long and 1 3/8" wide
length can be extended - please indicate desired length when placing your order for this piece
vintage bakelite and rhinestone converted dress clip
This necklace features a large antique art glass button with paste stones, circa 1890, suspended from brass chain handwoven in a rosette design. The button's high-domed, purple and brown glass cabochon is 1" in diameter and set with prongs that are an extension of the pierced design. The metal is brass with a golden wash.
brass and art glass button
jeweler's brass jump rings
brass lobster clasp
The antique button was produced during the "Gay Nineties," an American term coined in the 1920's referring to the last decade of the 19th century. In Europe, this same time period is known as the "Belle Epoque" and in England is called the "Naughty Nineties." Regardless of its name, it was a period characterized by ornate and decadent styles. Buttons of this era were large, usually featured a focal glass "jewel," and adorned outerwear.
The original shank of the button is still attached to its backside so as to maintain the integrity of this antique artifact. When laid flat, the shank causes the button to slightly cant to the side, however this effect is virtually eliminated when the necklace is worn due to its suspension from the chain.