Victorian Tortoise Shell Anchor Link Chain Necklace 30.5"
An incredible tortoise shell necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Now a banned material, antique tortoise shell jewelry has become very collectible. This fantastic piece is relatively substantial in length and features large hand-carved tortoise shell anchor links that connect together to form a long, flexible chain. The anchor link is a common Victorian shape and is what the modern "Gucci link" and Hermes' "chain d'ancre" was replicated from. The rich tortoise shell varies in color, exhibiting wonderful deep brown, caramel and amber hues. The chain fastens securely together with a carved hook clasp and loop, however, thanks to the generous length of the piece, it easily slips on and off overhead. This incredible and unusual necklace looks fantastic worn alone or paired with other chains for a fabulous layered look. Whether worn day or night, it would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The chain measures approximately 30.5" long. Each anchor link measures about 1 1/8" long, is 7/8" wide and a little under 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the chain necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there are no apparent chips in the tortoise chain or pendant and the clasp is secure and in good working condition.