This Victorian locket and chain were both designed with niello work. Niello is the term used to define the process of fusing silver,copper,lead and sulphur and then pouring the melted metals on to incised silver. The patterns created in the silver are then filled with the fused metals. The effect is unique and when it is accented with rose gold vermeil, it is transformed into a very beautiful piece of jewelry.
This particular chain, originally a watch chain has been joined with a lovely niello locket. The locket itself is distinctive, in the pattern and in the shape. The locket measures 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches long with the top spring ring. The locket is easily removed and the chain worn alone as seen in the pictures. The chain measures 18.5 inches long X a bold 1/4 inches wide. The locket joins the chain with a spring ring.
The chain terminates with a niello dog shaped clasp as well as a large neillo spring ring. Both are in excellent condition. The rose links create a beautiful contrast with the subtle niello patterns. Marked 800 silver and a maker's mark. Continental, circa 1890