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Sterling 1940s Flexible Spiral Choker by Walter Lampl

Sterling 1940s Flexible Spiral Choker by Walter Lampl


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Walter Lampl


14 1/2" x 3/8"






"WL" in a shield and "STERLING" on clasp tongue


May 1947 ad in "The Jewelers' Circular-Keystone

This sterling silver Retro Modern flexible spiral choker by Walter Lampl was the height of style in the mid- to late-1940s. The simplicity of this piece makes it wearable with anything. This well-constructed necklace closes with a tongue-in-groove clasp. This necklace was made for a slim neck. Please note the length (14 1/2″), and measure your neck before making this purchase. The style of the piece affords it a bit of stretch, but I think it looks best without stretching. 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. was about $50/week. Gene Tierney is wearing this style of necklace in the opening and later scenes of the 1946 movie Leave Her to Heaven. Cate Blanchett wears a gold version in Carol (2015). Scroll down to see a gold flexible spiral bracelet.

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Coordinating Pieces

  • Forstner

    Gold 1940s Double Flexible Spiral Cuff with Buckle by Forstner

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    Gold 1940s Double Flexible Spiral Cuff with Buckle by Forstner

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    This 1940s variation on Forstner’s Retro Modern flexible spiral 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 spiral bracelets in other styles date these pieces from 1946-1948. Scroll down to see another bracelet and necklace by Forstner as well as a sterling necklace in the same style by Walter Lampl.



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