The Ashford Marble industry was a cottage industry based around the Duke of Devonshire's (Chatsworth House) estate. It was a philanthropic idea originated from the hopes of providing jobs and wealth to the local people. Inspired by the italian art of Pietra Dura seen on the Grand Tours undertaken by the family, the local source of Ashford marble was mined to be used in the jewellery. The Ashford Marble pieces however differ from Italian Pietra dura as they always tend to depict the English Garden flowers rather than the more exotic subjects of Italian Pietra Dura. The Pendant measures in total 44mms x 37mms including the silver mount.
The pendant is suspended from a good quality faceted Silver Belcher chain each link approximately 5mms x 4mms in size. The later chain measures approiximately 24 inches or 60cms in length. The chain is stamped Sterling to the bolt ring and both pendant and chain are solid 925 Sterling Silver.
The Ashford marble is set in silver collet mount styled with intricate wirework. There are no cracks or fissures to the Pietra Dura panel with only minor wear to this pretty Victorian Pendant dating from circa 1880. Total weight of pendant and chain combined is approximately 25gs (show 25.7gs on my digital scales). Great item for a collector of English Victorian Jewellery a beautiful item perfect as a gift anytime.Would make a super Gift for someone else or yourself! Pendant and Chain are both in overall good condition. Good strong belcher chain a nice length at 24 inches. No detrimental abrasion/scratches the tiniest bit of wear only to be expected with a genuine antique and with nice age patina. It is an antique item of jewellery that has been loved before but has minimal signs of wear and presents perfectly as a gift for a collector or person who loves antique jewelry of quality.
Sent 1st Class Signed For. Any Questions please feel free to ask. The item "Victorian Silver Necklace with Pietra Dura Pendant on Chain Ashford Marble c1880" is in sale since Monday, September 13, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "kittyscurios" and is located in Bath.
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