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Lapis & Chrome German 1930s Necklace

Lapis & Chrome German 1930s Necklace

USD$175.00

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Maker

Jakob Bengel?

Size

16 7/8" x 1/2" (center bead)

Condition

Very good (see description)

Date

Early-1930s

Marks

None (Bengel pieces were not signed)

Lapis glass beads separated by decorative chrome links and a center Galalith(?) bead with chrome end caps form this German Machine Age necklace.  The same piece in other colors has been attributed to Bengel by a British expert. (This maker’s pieces were never signed.) This necklace closes with a spring-ring clasp, which may be a replacement (it is brass in color). The center bead has a minor flaw that probably occurred during manufacture.  This small imperfection does not detract from the beauty or wearability of this necklace. Scroll down to see earrings and bracelets that coordinate with this piece.

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