Spectacular one of a kind gutta percha Victorian mourning jewelry antique necklace! The graduated chain is a series of thick links long enough to slip over your head or double and has the original enamel black clasp. Exquisitely produced and a most unique piece of Victorian mourning jewelry that is as wearable today as it was 150 years ago!
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
Measurements: 28 inches with the links measuring 22.5 tall and 16.2 wide.
Weight: Roughly 43 grams
Circa: 1850-1860 Civil War Era
Condition: Very good antique condition...all links have no chips or nicks. The chain has its original black clasp. A superb antique piece of mourning jewelry!