Victorian Mixed Metals Shakudo Watch Chain Choker Necklace 13.75"
Shakudo is the use of mixed metal alloys and was originally used in Japanese armor and swords. Artisans would sometimes remove the Shakudo plaques from the armor and incorporate them into jewelry or art. It has become very collectible and quite unusual.
This incredible and unusual mixed metals watch chain necklace from the early Victorian (ca1850) era is an outstanding example of the Shakudo craft! This choker style chain is comprised of a double-sided design featuring floral motif links that connect seamlessly together. The mixed metals display a rich combination of gold, bronze, silver, and gunmetal, creating a wonderful alternating pattern of metallic hues. The chains fastens with a 14kt yellow gold watch swivel clasp, which is stamped "C & H CO." on the inside, and a resting at the other end is an ornate bronze colored toggle bar. A beautiful swirled silver design decorates the front surface of the toggle bar, completing the incredible mixed metals appeal. This unique Victorian piece is incredible, and would make a perfect addition to any Shakudo collection!
Measurements: The Shakudo chain measures approximately 13.75" in total length and is about 1/8" wide and thick. The toggle bar hangs about 1/4" long and measures about 1 1/2" wide and a little more than 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the chain is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the mixed metal links and the watch swivel clasp and toggle bar are secure and in good working condition.