Sterling Silver Choker by 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 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 jewel was advertised in the May 1947 issue of The Jewelers’ Circular – Keystone (a trade publication). I wrote a blog post about two stars who wore this style of necklace in 1940s films, as part of my Jewelry in the Movies series. Cate Blanchett wore a gold version in the 2015 film Carol. You can see this Lampl sterling jewel on my favorite model in this blog post.
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- Vintage Bracelets, 1940s Jewelry, Forstner JewelryThis vintage cuff bracelet is a variation of Forstner’s flexible bracelets, a popular style in the 1940s. This piece is formed from a tapering double-row with a decorative, fixed buckle. The polished finish of the center buckle adds a nice contrast to the coiled sides. Jewelry by Forstner was very well-made and has retained its quality. Note that this piece is gold-filled, which means it has a thicker layer of gold than a piece that is gold-plated. This cuff is especially nice because the construction allows it to fit small- to medium-size wrists. Please note that dark areas in the photos are only reflections from the camera. Several Vogue ads for this company’s flexible bracelets in other styles date this cuff from about 1946-1947. Scroll down to see a sterling necklace in the same style by Walter Lampl.USD$395.00