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Posted 4 years ago

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I need your help for this one... I bought this necklace because I liked its design that reminded me of some Art Deco pieces from the 1930's.
Looking at it closely, I noticed it was marked '800' (German or nickel silver?). Doing some research on the web, I found out it looked a bit like some of these tribal necklaces from Rajasthan... The clasp is unusual and quite huge (1,6 cm).
Any opinion on this?

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  1. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    Nice piece - but I am not sure that the 800 mark means German or nickel silver, because I believe that German/nickel silver is actually not silver. I think 800 means that it is real silver but with a lower content - 800 parts silver and 200 parts other metals.
  2. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    I forgot to mention that some German and other European jewelry is made of 800 silver usually dates to the earlier part of the 1900's - but I am not an expert:(
  3. Betty1978 Betty1978, 4 years ago
    Thank you for these very interesing comments! On the contrary, you do sound like an expert! ;)
  4. freiheit freiheit, 4 years ago
    Thanks, Betty1978. You are very kind:)
  5. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    I think this is a Victorian (about 1880) necklace and the use clasp could be used to a silver medallion hanging as often seeing this period . The hallmark 800 is real silver but as mentioned before by other collectors a lower silver content. See some example of this kind of jewelry on my post:
  6. Betty1978 Betty1978, 4 years ago
    Wow, thank you Agram.m! You made my day! I got this necklace for a few euros... Neither the lady I bought it from neither I even suspected its distant origin. But indeed, this necklace looks very much like one of yours. This is definitely the oldest piece I own. Thank you so much for solving the mystery! :)
  7. southcop southcop, 4 years ago
    real silver with lower content, 800 hm's are older other than that!
  8. Betty1978 Betty1978, 4 years ago
    Hi southcop! Agram.m thinks the necklace dates from the 1880's. Do you share her opinion?
  9. southcop southcop, 4 years ago
    Hi i Think the necklace dates the 1800 @ 1880
  10. Betty1978 Betty1978, 4 years ago
    Thanks! :)
  11. Agram.m Agram.m, 4 years ago
    To say again this is an example of a classical Victorian necklace about 1880 with a big clasp to hang on a locket.

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