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Posted 2 years ago

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valentino97
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I've tried to research these lovely watch fobs and keep coming across the term "white metal". These don't tarnish and don't have any marks. They are very intricate so I think they are from 20's or 30's?

I found them in early 90's and paid about $20 each for them which I thought was a steal because they are SO gorgeous. Since then I've worn them as bracelets but also attached to an old sterling pin on a 40's jacket - a posh English look. So pretty - haven't come across any as intricate as these in all my travels. Your help please. Are they sterling?

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  1. tommy1002 tommy1002, 2 years ago
    this should help, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_metal if they were sterling, there would (should) be a stamp like .925 or .999 and maybe a makers mark of some kind.
  2. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    Thanks tommy and mustangtony for your comments. No there are no marks. If they are another metal like alum, nickel or stainless steel they sure are intricate and I love them.
  3. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    Thanks for your info - no I don't know about magnet tests. Can you tell me more about this?

    Yes the hearts etchings are same on both sides. These are really fine quality watch fobs - even the tassels are beautiful inside - no blank spaces. Thanks for your advice about chatting w/a jeweler. I have a loupe but I couldn't find a mark. I appreciate your advice and comments. Thank you!
  4. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    Thank you so much for all this great info on my 2 lovely watch chains. The one w/hearts was made into a bracelet when I found it. I agree they must be nickel.
  5. davyd286, 2 years ago
    Victorian style necklaces with tassels were popular costume jewelry in the 70s, too.
  6. Aimathena Aimathena, 3 months ago
    They are gorgeous.
  7. valentino97 valentino97, 3 months ago
    Thank you Miss Aim - I LOVE these. I've even worn them caught up in a pin on a vintage jacket lapel. Very dramatic.

    Thanks davy - definitely not 1970's.

    Thanks kevin, gelsomina, Aim and brat for your love!
  8. valentino97 valentino97, 3 months ago
    Thanks Lee! Company left yesterday and I might go to Chinatown for the parade...Happy New Year! First I need to catch up on my friends' posts...
  9. Aimathena Aimathena, 3 months ago
    Sounds very beautiful Val. I'm sure you wear them well :)
  10. sarahoff sarahoff, 16 days ago
    Found it! An alloy of tin and antimony commonly used for jewelry:)
  11. valentino97 valentino97, 16 days ago
    Thanks Sara - I have never heard of antimony!

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