Antique Vulcanite Necklace Victorian Mourning Jewelry
A maltese cross pendant drops from a circle chain of vulcanite in this antique mourning jewelry Victorian necklace, circa 1860 to 1870s. Round links form the chain and drop to a pendant with a maltese cross. Close with a swivel dog clip clasp, this necklace was often used as a mourning piece. Vulcanite is a hard, usually black, rubber produced by vulcanizing natural rubber with large amounts of sulphur. The Victorians used this, as well as gutta percha, to create mourning jewelry and other containers as it is resistant to chemical attack. This necklace is an exceptional piece of Victorian history and extremely well preserved.
- Materials: Vulcanite
- Measurements: 21 inches long with the cross pendant adding an additional 2 1/8 inches
- Circa: 1860s-70s
- Condition: Very good with no noted flaws.