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Vintage Silver Niello Chain Necklace

Item #3266


A super vintage silver Niello flattened chain link necklace. This unusual decorative piece would probably actually have been used as a watch chain in its previous life, but it came to us just as it is and it fits nicely around the base of the neck at 16 inches, closing with a double bolt ring, swivel clasp.

Niello is a black metallic alloy of sulphur, copper, silver and lead which is used as an inlay on metal. In this case the link has been highlighted with the ridges filled with Niello which alternated with the plain and gilt links. Traces of the gilding remain in places, but most of this has been lost in wear. 

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