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Victorian Horseshoe & Crop Niello Pendant


This graphic equestrian pendant dates to the late 1800's. The horseshoe and riding crop are rendered in silver and niello—a black metallic alloy used to fill in designs cut from metal (usually silver). Niello originated in Ancient Egypt and the technique spread to Europe as early as the Iron Age. Niello jewelry reached the height of its popularity during the Renaissance and then experienced a brief return to favor at the end of the 19th century, when this piece was made.


  • Materials

    silver, niello, new sterling silver chain

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 5/8" length including the bale, 18" chain





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.