Stunning gutta percha Victorian mourning jewelry antique pendant necklace! The chain is a series of horse hair links long enough to slip over your head, with a unique carved Maltese cross pendant having a floral design. Exquisitely produced and a most unique piece of Victorian mourning jewelry that is as wearable today as it was 150 years ago! The pendant and chain are in good condition for their age, with minor scratches to the back of the pendant.
Gutta percha is derived from tropical trees indigenous to Southeast Asia. The sap from the trees formed a latex which allowed the Victorians to create jewelry, furniture as well as dentistry. Blocks of gray, black and brown were used by the artists to create the pieces. This necklace/watch chain is a wonderful piece of Victorian history and very well preserved.
Materials: Gutta Percha, Horse Hair
Measurements: 24 inch chain with the pendant measuring 1 1/2 inches wide and tall.
Weight: 8.6 grams
Circa: 1850-1860 Civil War Era