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Mystery Long necklace, box chain with dangling beads. Commemorating coronation of Queen Elizabeth? Canadian?

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    Posted 7 months ago

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    I am posting this under "Mystery". I found this very long amulet style necklace in a thrift store. It is of very good quality. It has a heavy decorated box chain and a central piece of red resin or plastic that bears a gold tone X or cross on it. Beads dangle from the chain and there is what looks like a Canadian one cent coin dated 1953 in the middle of the dangles. One side says "Regina Elizabeth Dei Grata" (if I am reading it correctly) and bears the image of the Queen. This makes me wonder if it might be commemorating her coronation in 1953.

    The back of the red piece has a little mirror or piece of polished metal. I would love to know who the maker is. It looks like something that Vivian Westwood or Alexander McQueen might have made for the runway (don't I wish!). Anyone have a clue for me? Thanks for reading this far!

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    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 7 months ago
      The Coronation head designed by mary glick was the first in 1953. The book on Canadian money by Charlton shows the coin with no other attribution or fanfare about the monarch. The one cent coin has always had a monarch on the heads side.
      Nice to see it hanging from this piece !~
    2. Andreamw, 7 months ago
      Thank you for those details, Phil! I was wondering if the coin is authentic or a replica. I think it is an actual one cent Canadian coin. The "head" side of the monarch is rather worn and faces forward. I think my next question is, was this necklace made in 1953 or later? I thought it was a more contemporary piece, but now I am going to guess that it is more likely made in 1953 because of the availability of the coins and the commemoration of the coronation and this distinctive coin. Something about the red resin with the gold X makes me think of the Scottish saltire flag. I always thought the necklace felt very "British" but it wasn't until I really studied the coin that I realized "oh, that's what this is about!" A new monarch is a pretty big deal after all, even in this modern era. Now I am really on the hunt to find out more! My idea of fun. :)
    3. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 months ago
      What a nice and "thrilling" necklace! I really like it. I can't help you I'm afraid but by looking at your necklace I would also say it can absolutely have been made in the 50's and I would say it is very likely. It seems to be flirting with history. The chain looks a bit victorian revival. Quite a unique necklace.
    4. Andreamw, 6 months ago
      Thank you for the comment Elisabethan! I am encouraged to think this may indeed be from the 1950s, and "Victorian Revival" sounds on point! Thanks again for the comment.

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