Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Collar Book Chain Choker with Stars Necklace
Acquiring English sterling silver collar has been an obsession. I have accumulated quite a collection. This special collar is from my personal collection.
This lightweight Victorian sterling silver collar was hand crafted in England around the 1880s. This collar was designed with stencil (pierced) styles links with stars and alternating rectangular book chain style links. The links are hollow or "puffy", can see through from the sides. It is identical on both sides (fully reversible), and can be worn on either side.
A locket/pendant can be separated from the book chain necklace and be worn on its own. With the locket/pendant removed, the bolt ring clasp can be worn hidden at the back or with the ring clasp in the front at center. The bolt ring clasp allows for other items or pendants to be suspended at front from the book chain. The book chain necklace accommodates a locket or any appropriate jeweled pendant or decorative item. A stunning and versatile antique necklace (Please see photos #5 thru #9). If you are an antique collar collector, you will know how rare it is to find a collar with the extra piece of the extension.
The large bolt ring in photo #7 & #8 is not included in this listing.
This collar was tested to be sterling silver, it is unmarked which is typical. To my knowledge, the bolt rings are original to the period but not made of sterling silver. This listing is for only the collar necklace as shown in photo #1.
Since acquiring this collar, it has been sitting in a box most of the time. It is still in the same condition when I acquired it. Besides the normal wear, the overall condition is quite impressive, considering it is over 137 years old.
There are no damages or repairs. There are some patina and has not been professionally cleaned. I leave this up to the new owner. I have only gently wiped with soft jewelry cleaning cloth. A very beautiful original collar like this is rare to find these days and highly desirable, especially in such lovely condition.
Length Approximately: 16.25” inches; Extension: .75” inches, not including the bolt rings.
Weight Approximately: 24.5 grams.
Origin: England Circa 1880/ Victorian Era.
Purchased directly from Antique expert in England.
A photo with information for this piece will be included. This is what I kept for insurance purpose.
This piece was not purchased at a flea market type of place. Also, it is not reclaimed, recycled, or altered, in any way, otherwise it would lose its value. Under good care, owning an unaltered piece of antique such as this is an investment now and in the years to come.
I have been specifically an antique collar buyer, for that reason, I do my best providing my descriptions as accurate as possible, and to point out flaws wherever I see them. I have included every detailed info that I would want to know as a buyer. Please feel free to message me if there is anything I left out.
This collar will arrive carefully presented in the gift box as shown.