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C.1920 Niello Twisted Loop-in-Loop Watch Chain, 65"

C.1920 Niello Twisted Loop-in-Loop Watch Chain, 65"

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1920: Item # 1449560
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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At 65 inches, this is an Niello chain with alternating gold and silver loops in its original length and is a classic loop-in-loop design dating from ancient times, in which the individual loops are soldered before assembly. With alternating rose gold and niello patterned links and the large size of the links, the chain has a modern, almost sepia toned look that we love. Niello refers to an 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. Our chain includes a silver bolt ring and dog tag which function as both a clasp which opens and closes the chain, and place to hang your pendant. The chain may be worn two or three times around the neck with a pendant or without. The last photo in our array shows our 4 niello watch chains and how they look side by side. This chain is indicated with a #3 written to the left.