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Antique Georgian Berlin Iron Chain and Cross c. 1820-30

$5,800

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The Georgian Berlin Iron Chain, composed of intricate interlocking links. drops nine inches from the clasp top section and 14 inches over all to the bottom of the ornamental cross, falling to the top of the breast. This top section is separated from the bottom chain by an oval rosette from which two inches continue and suspend a flourish of an iron cross two and 1/2 inches long. At center of the cross is a small oval cameo of mirrored steel on which a flower arrangement has been attached. The condition is quite amazing. See Anne Clifford "Cut Steel and Berlin Iron Jewellery" page 81 for the kissing cousin to this jewel. A similar necklace is on view in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Berlin Iron jewelry was created in the early 19th century as a means to raise money for the German treasury that was frighteningly depleted fighting the war with Napoleon. Wealthy German aristocracy was asked to turn in their gold jewelry for the war effort. Iron jewelry was given in return to show their patriotism. It is rare and mostly to be discovered in museums. Excellent Condition. c. 1820. Length: Overall. 27 inches. Length to Floral Plaque above cross suspension is 14 inches. Weight: 32 grams

Details

  • Metal
  • Weight
    32 g
  • Dimensions
    Length: 14 in. (355.6 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
    Germany
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    c.1820
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. There is one very small stain barely, visible on the lower right mirrored steel. No affect on the beauty or overall condition. The camera shows the area in exaggeration . The eye would have a difficult time spotting it.
  • Seller Location
    Stamford, CT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: #33121stDibs: J13082132852

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