Civil War Era Victorian Gutta Percha Necklace
Hailing from the Civil War era, this antique Victorian necklace is made of gutta percha! The chain is a series of thick oval links having double holes and ending with a black hook clasp. Add a locket as shown or wear with the hook to the back. Exquisitely produced and a most unique piece of Victorian mourning jewelry that is as wearable today as it was 150 years ago!
*Note that the locket is for display purposes only*
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: 20 inches with the links measuring 3/4 inch wide and just shy of 1/4 inch thick
- Hallmarks: NA
- Circa: 1850-1860 Civil War Era
- Condition: Very good antique condition...all beads have no chips or nicks. A superb antique piece of mourning jewelry!