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Sterling 1940s Flexible Choker by Walter Lampl

Sterling 1940s Flexible Choker by Walter Lampl


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Walter Lampl


14 1/2" x 3/8"




c.1946-1947 (based on magazine ad)


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


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 a gold flexible bracelet by another maker.

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Coordinating Pieces

  • Forstner

    Gold 1940s Double Flexible Cuff with Buckle by Forstner

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    Gold 1940s Double Flexible Cuff with Buckle by Forstner

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    This 1940s variation on Forstner's Retro Modern flexible bracelets is a gold-filled, tapering double-row cuff with a decorative, fixed buckle. The polished finish of the center buckle adds a nice contrast to the coiled sides. Pieces by Forstner were very well made and have retained their quality. This one is especially nice because the construction allows the piece to fit small- to medium-size wrists. Please note that dark areas in the photos are reflections from the camera. Several Vogue ads for this company's flexible bracelets in other styles date these pieces from about 1946-1947. Scroll down to see a necklace by Forstner as well as a sterling necklace in the same style by Walter Lampl.


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