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Sterling 1940s Flexible Choker by Walter Lampl

Sterling 1940s Flexible Choker by Walter Lampl

USD$295.00

Additional information

Maker

Walter Lampl

Size

14 1/2" x 3/8"

Condition

Excellent

Date

c.1946-1947 (based on magazine ad)

Marks

"WL" (in script) within shield and "STERLING" on clasp tongue

Reference

May 1947 ad in "The Jewelers' Circular-Keystone

This sterling silver flexible choker by Walter Lampl was the height of style in the mid- to late-1940s. The simplicity of this piece makes it wearable with almost anything. This well-constructed necklace closes with a concealed clasp. This choker was made for a slim neck, even though the construction allows for a bit of stretch. Please note the length (14 1/2″), and measure your neck before making this purchase. This necklace was advertised in the May 1947 issue of The Jewelers’ Circular – Keystone (a trade publication); the gold-filled and sterling silver versions each cost $4.50, at a time when the average family income in the U.S. about $50/week. I wrote a blog post about two stars who wore this style of necklace in 1940s films – read it here. Cate Blanchett wore a gold version in the 2015 movie Carol. Scroll down to see two gold flexible bracelets by another maker.

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