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Antique Victorian Vulcanite choker necklace, Padlock clasp, Mourning

Antique Victorian Vulcanite choker necklace, Padlock clasp, Mourning

Regular price £399.00 GBP
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A beautiful, rare antique Victorian choker necklace.

It has chunky oval links with a beautiful vulcanite padlock clasp

It is a mourning piece, the black colour representing death and the padlock fastener symbolising locking someone close.

Vulcanite was a popular material for use in mourning jewellery due to the dark aesthetic that it produced and was a common alternative to jet.

What is Vulcanite? A hardened rubber discovered in the 1830s by Charles Goodyear, it was commonly used as an alternative to Whitby Jet and often in mourning Jewellery, it was easier to produce and more readily available.

Nowadays original Vulcanite jewellery is increasingly hard to find and very popular.

This is a beautiful piece, lovely and chunky but lightweight piece with a surprisingly modern look to it.

Unmarked, Late Victorian era c1880s.

Good used condition overall with signs of age and use, surface wear commensurate with age, some fade to the padlock with the black colour having a khaki brown showing through

Approx measurements:
15" length
1.25" padlock length
Links Approx 0.5" width at the widest point

Approx 38 grams weight

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