Vintage Indian Silver Snake Chain, 4 mm, Square, High Grade Silver, 63cm (25″), 51 Grams
Vintage, dating to mid 20th century, genuine, solid woven, high grade silver, flexible snake chain necklace, from Rajasthan, Northern India. This is the older type of handmade chain, not the newer machine made chains that are readily available these days and has a fine weave.
It has a marking on the end closing - RA - and Indian Silver Hallmark, most probably Rathod Arts from Kolhapur.
The technique used to make this type of Indian silver snake chain is that the finished closely braided silver strands of wire were drawn through a draw plate, becoming condensed and smooth. Through wear over the years it becomes smooth and supple.
It has a decorated 'S' hooked closing and a wonderful patina, the segments of silver herringbone pattern of the weave have worn smooth. The chain that constitutes the necklace is solid silver and not hollow, so that the item has a balanced weight on the neck.
There are no breaks in the silver wire chain.
Width: 4 mm (3/16")
Weight: 51 Grams (1.80 oz.)
Length: 63 cm (25")
Tested: High Grade Silver (92.5%)