The British precious metal hallmark is a beautiful thing so why hide it on the inside? This fabulous heavy "Britannia" 958 silver ( a higher purity than sterling at 925) ingot pendant is a great piece of original 1970s statement jewellery, an absolute classic of the era and it suspends from a heavy duty Italian sterling silver Belcher chain that is 24"/61cm long.
The pendant is a bullion bar and has a full set of oversized English assay hallmarks on the front which is an integral part of the design, they were created in 1977 to celebrate the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and they quickly became very fashionable in Britain!
The ingot pendants were produced in both Britannia silver and Sterling silver and they typically came in 1/2 ounce (15g) and 1 ounce (30g) sizes. Britannia silver is 95.8% silver so it is a slightly higher purity grade of silver than sterling which is 92.5%. This ingot is the full one ounce size of Britannia silver.
Ingot pendants were, and still are, incredibly fashionable due to their classic design. This pendant would be a fabulous gift for a loved one who has a penchant for chunky silver statement jewellery!
MATERIALS: ingot 958 Britannia silver, chain 925 sterling silver,
HALLMARKS: the ingot is stamped on the front with a 'Rose' symbol for Sheffield, 'Britannia' symbol for 958 silver, date letter 'C' for 1977, 'Elizabeth II head' symbol (silver jubilee stamp), and makers mark 'RC' for Carrs of Sheffield. The chain is stamped 'star 620 AR' for Italy and '925'
WEIGHT: 35.5 grams total
MEASUREMENTS: ingot 2" (5cm) tall measured from the top of the bale, 5/8" (1.5cm) wide, 5.8mm thick. Chain 24" (61cm) long
DATE: dated 1977, Retro
CONDITION: in very good vintage condition with a lovely bright mirror polish. There is light surface wear and minor scratches as you would expect of any used vintage item. The assay hallmarks on the front are still lovely and sharp, a fabulous 1970's retro piece ready to be worn straight out the box!
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Materials: 958 Britannia Silver, 925 Sterling Silver.