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C.1920 Niello Multi Link Original Watch Chain, 56"

C.1920 Niello Multi Link Original Watch Chain, 56"

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1449561
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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The rare original Niello watch chain that you have been searching for. Fifty Six inches long, our chain has niello patterned fetter links and alternating triple gold links. The fetter link has a wonderful striped pattern wrapped around a gold link, the ends of which link to the triple gold links. An unusual construction, indeed. Niello refers to the ancient technique of decorating silver which was revived in the 19th century and adopted by English jewelry artisans. The word niello derives from the Latin form of niger, meaning black. The patterns are created by engraving geometric or floral patterns on silver and filling the recesses with an alloy of silver, copper, lead and sulphur. The alternating 3 ring links with their rose gold colors compliment the niello links. The necklace includes a niello dog clip in a matching pattern. Niello chains can be worn with silver or gold or niello pendants. The chain does not have a clasp, simply wind it two or three times around your neck and wear with a pendant or without. The last photo in our array shows our 4 niello watch chains and how they look side by side. The niello fetter link chain shown in this listing is indicated with a #2 written to the left.