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    Posted 3 years ago

    billretire…
    (366 items)

    Here's the brass necklace you wanted to see closer! :^)
    It has a snap clasp, and is about 14 1/2"+ opening when snapped. The widest width at the point is 3 1/2" . No makers marks, but for the snap.

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    1. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Here you go JImam!
    2. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the love aura! :^)
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Very interesting - it looks to me like it was a costume piece for movie or theatre.
    4. lentilka11, 3 years ago
      Interesting!
    5. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      It could've been, valentino97, but it looks manufactured, so maybe for a Halloween costume? It really looks great though, in the full sunny day we had here yesterday! :^)
      Thanks for the love!
    6. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Yes it is lentilka11, that's what I thought, when I got at the flea market a while back!
      Thank you so much for the love, and you too antiquerose! :^)
    7. davyd286, 3 years ago
      It's Whiting a David or a copy thereof. They made various types of mesh jewelry and this was one of them. Here's a signed online example (shown inside out): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-WHITING-DAVIS-signed-11-gold-tone-mesh-choker-necklace-/182342973210
    8. davyd286, 3 years ago
      The snap could be a sign that this is an earlier piece: those snaps came about in early 1940s but were used all the way through 1960s I think.
    9. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Thanks davyd286, it looks close! The snap reads RAU FASTENER CO. on both parts, I guess I could check, to see when they were producing snaps, might help! :^)
    10. JImam JImam, 3 years ago
      Very interesting/impressive piece of necklace!
      Good thinking to use a ball for the pic.... :)
      Thanks for sharing.
    11. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      You're very welcome JImam, and thanks for asking to show it! :^)
      Thank you for the love too!
    12. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      P.S. The ball is a glass garden globe, and it glows in the dark! another Flea find! :^)
    13. JImam JImam, 3 years ago
      Nice....
    14. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Here's one I found that's very close!
      https://www.etsy.com/listing/470853216/chainmaille-necklace-mesh-necklace-gold?ref=market
    15. JImam JImam, 3 years ago
      yours is nicer ;)
    16. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Thanks JImam, I think so too! :^)
    17. Celiene Celiene, 3 years ago
      That is incredible construction. Nice piece.
    18. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      So apparently Rau Fastener Co. was the maker. In 1968 the company changed to Rau Fastener Inc., I don't know if they changed the name on they're products, but that could indicate that it was made before 1968 anyway. I don't know where the seller of the one on Etsy got there info. on when their necklace was made, but I'll say, before 1968! :^) right or wrong!
    19. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Hey Celiene, it sure is, but looking at the back you can see where a fastener company could have made it, with their machinery.
      I just noticed that I mixed up my (There, They're, and Their's's) LOL :^D
    20. davyd286, 3 years ago
      Rau Fastener was in Providence, RI. I don't think they made jewelry; they made different snaps and sold them to companies; the one similar to yours was patented around 1939 (if I remember right, you should be able to find the patent on Google or another patent site).
    21. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Thanks davyd286! :^)
    22. Celiene Celiene, 3 years ago
      Those are actually little fabric rivets, so a fastener company could have made it.
    23. Celiene Celiene, 3 years ago
      Yeah - I'd say Rau made these. Here's another, but older.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rau-Fastener-Antique-Metal-Mesh-Net-Necklace-Brass-Nice-Old-Vtg-Collectible-/171298713656?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276
    24. Celiene Celiene, 3 years ago
      And yet another. The classic bib!

      https://www.rubylane.com/item/582712-TL000002134/Vintage-Gilt-Mesh-Scarf-Drape-Necklace
    25. Celiene Celiene, 3 years ago
      If you do a google image search of Rau fastener necklace -you get a bunch. SOme by WHiting Davis, some not.
    26. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 3 years ago
      Yes Celiene, that was my thought too. None of those pieces have any other markings, but for Rau. They could have been designed/sold by another company, but I believe made by Rau Fastener Co., but just my uneducated in jewelry, thought.
    27. Celiene Celiene, 3 years ago
      FROM THE WEB: "In 1911, Reiter started a small company, located on Blount Street in Providence, Rhode Island, staffed by four employees, producing metal stampings and fasteners for fabric.

      They named their enterprise Rau Fasteners. (Incidentally, the word “rau” means “bad” in Romanian. It comes from the Latin word “reus,” which means “guilty.” Why would a Romanian man name his company “Bad Fasteners?” Requires further exploration.) In 1917 Rau Fasteners moved to the Providence Lithograph Building. By 1940 they had over 100 employees, and had also taken over the Ada Building location next door. Rau surged to over 450 employees during the war years, and acquired lucrative contracts from the military to create shoe buckles (National Register of Historic Places Registration Form.)

      In 1952, Rau Fasteners expanded their physical plant to include shipping docks and expanded space. Rau incorporated businesses in Canada as well as Brussels. Beginning in 1968, things took an interesting turn. Choosing to expand by merging with a larger company, Rau was sold to US Industries. In 1975 the Rau division was sold to Premier Metal, and in 1985 it was sold to the London-based Hanson Trust. In 1990, amid fears that Rau would be sold to its competitor,…wait for it… Scovill Fasteners, Rau’s officers borrowed heavily to buy back the company from Hanson. The operation was a success, but sadly the patient died. They accomplished their goal, but soon began hemorrhaging money, which continued throughout the early 1990s, and in 1994 Rau filed for receivership (National Register of Historic Places Registration Form.) On January 24, 1996, Rau was acquired by Scovill (1998 Scovill registration statement), Rau officers’ borrowing all for naught."
    28. Celiene Celiene, 3 years ago
      Their snap was called a Klikit. Here are the EARLIEST necklaces I can find (scroll down just a bit):

      http://forums.vintagefashionguild.org/threads/a-little-jewelry-help-please.28721/
    29. Celiene Celiene, 3 years ago
      The Klikit trademark was made in 1940. They made the snaps for western wear!

      https://trademarks.justia.com/714/29/rau-klikit-71429825.html
    30. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Celiene! How did you find that??? Nice job, I'm impressed ;)
    31. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      I was thinking Whiting and Davis too...it's a great piece. Hey Celiene, I absolutely loved that square piece...almost like a collar.
    32. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      last comment...maybe bad meant bad a__ back then like it did in the 70's haha
    33. davyd286, 3 years ago
      Like I said, nothing in the provided information tells us that Rau made jewelry. W&D, on the other hand, produced that exact mesh which is confirmed by signed examples.

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