SOLD – Vintage Indian Snake Chain Necklace, 6mm, High Grade Silver, Squared, 121 Grams, 18 1/2″ (47cm)
Antique, dating to early 20th century, genuine, solid woven, high grade silver, squared 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.
The chain has such a wonderful patina and the segments of silver herringbone pattern of the weave have worn smooth from so much wearing over the years.
The chain that constitutes the necklace is solid silver and not hollow, so that the item has a balanced weight on the neck.
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 highly decorated granulated end caps and also with granulation decorations on the 'S' hook closing and rings.
There are no breaks in the silver wire chain.
Square Dimensions: 6 mm x 6 mm (1/4")
Weight: Heavy at 121 Grams (4.27 oz.)
Length: 47 cm (18 1/2")
Tested: High Grade Silver