It can be hard to date antique jewellery if it is not hallmarked. As it was not compulsory in most countries to hallmark jewellery, with some exceptions, more often than not we have to ascertain the date of a piece by examining the style, construction, and materials used to manufacture it. In this post, I am going to discuss necklace fastenings. Early fastenings for necklaces were cords, up until the 3rd century BC. Also popular as a fastener from BC and through the Roman and Byzantine periods was the hook, often S-shaped. Ribbon began to be used from the 4th century BC.
Dating necklaces: clasps and fasteners- Part III
Dating necklaces: clasps and fasteners- Part III – navette jewellery
Whether updating a collection, searching for information about a family heirloom, or assisting a colleague or customer, dating a piece of vintage costume jewelry can present a challenge. Less familiar primary sources such as patents and copyrights, books about specific companies, and period advertisements also provide a wealth of information to assist with dating. For this article, examples from the mid-twentieth century will be provided, though the techniques and tools described here could be used for dating jewelry from other periods. Beginning in the s up to the mid-to-late s, Trifari and Coro patented hundreds of costume jewelry designs. After Trifari won a court case in for copyright infringement, patenting these types of designs was widely discontinued and replaced by the less-expensive process of design copyrighting. It is obvious that Trifari and Coro patent information can be used to date pieces of their manufacture.
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Wary of losing the silver-trimmed hatband, he slipped it around his neck. I found online a picture of old neckwear that looks similar to a bolo tie which was said to be from the s. However, it did not look much like what we consider to be a traditional bolo today. Perhaps items like it are where the idea germinated from however. During a period from the s to 70s, they jumped in popularity until now they are recognized around the world as a Western version of a tie.
In the Victorian period, the push-in box clasp remained in use, with the box part becoming fully enclosed. These have been described as a slide lock clasp. The barrel and tongue clasp also continued to be used, although the barrel began to slim down into a simple tube. The hook became popular again in the second half of the 19th century due to the archeological revival.