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Art Nouveau Magnifying Glass Necklace*
Highly unusual Art Nouveau style sterling silver magnifying glass pendant with a number of different components making up a quite fascinating piece of jewellery.
The bale has a ring attached to the top of a fan from which emerges a slender maiden’s hand holding a link, below which is suspended the framed face of a young lady in profile. She’s wearing an ornate bonnet and is surrounded by flowers, leaves and birds, two of them hummingbirds about to gather nectar.
Beneath this scene sits the magnifying glass with a pair of ornate bell-shaped drops suspended one on each side.
Length from the top of the fan to the bottom of the lowest drop is just shy of 10 cm.
The pendant is marked 925 on the reverse and is attached to a 60 cm silver chain with a box clasp, also marked 925 and MP17MEX. There is an additional short length of chain of around 18cm which can be attached, depending on the length preferred by the wearer.
Probably dating from the 1930’s rather than the Art Nouveau era.