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c1890 Long Niello Chain (shown on hand for scale)
c1890 Long Niello Chain (shown on black background)
c1890 Long Niello Chain (detail of link decoration, shown on black background)
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c1890 Long Niello Chain

c1890 Long Niello Chain (shown on white background)
c1890 Long Niello Chain (shown on hand for scale)
c1890 Long Niello Chain (shown on black background)
c1890 Long Niello Chain (detail of link decoration, shown on black background)
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An antique c1890 long guard chain in 800 silver and gold filled construction with niello decoration. Very unusual with the little floral links.  Probably German. A dog clip at the ends can be attached to a pendant. Long enough to double or even triple around the neck.

Niello is a black mixture of copper, silver, and lead inlaid into engraved silver. It's a centuries old technique, but it was particularly popular in France, Germany, and Russia at the end of the 19th century.

Materials

800 Silver, Gold Filled, Niello

Date

c1890

Condition

Good. Oxidation and minor losses.

Size

Length: 58"