Circa 1870 this beautiful and versatile antique black Vauxhall glass (known as French jet in France) long guard chain necklace is a full 58" (148cm) long and would have been worn as mourning attire during Victorian times. Vauxhall glass jewellery, made at the old Vauxhall Glass Works in London was the height of fashion in 18th and 19th century Britain.
Although not included with the necklace Vauxhall glass snowflake pendants (like the one shown) were sold as souvenirs at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens which were touted to be the "first and most significant of the true Pleasure Gardens of Georgian London".
The necklace is composed of faceted 6.6mm diameter glass beads that are hand knotted on silk cord and it terminates in a silver tone metal dog-clip that swivels. The necklace measures 29" (74cm) down each side and it weighs 62 grams.
The necklace is very good antique condition with expected signs of age and wear but nothing detrimental. Irregularities and occasional slight chipping to some of the beads as you would expect to see with handmade antique glass but no shattering, please refer to the photos. Lovely quality the necklace drapes well with no kinking, it has withstood the test of time for 150 years and is destined to last many more moons to come!
In Victorian and Georgian times these versatile guard chain necklaces were either worn as a single strand around the neck and tucked under the belt with handy accessories attached or doubled/tripled for wear as short multi strand necklaces, often with lockets or pendants attached. They are just as versatile today, a timeless classic. Please note the locket and pendant shown is for display only and not included in the purchase.
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Materials: Black Vauxhall Glass.