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Necklace Featuring Antique Ethiopian Cross

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About The Necklace Featuring Antique Ethiopian Cross

All silver components, beginning with the centerpiece cross, are hand made.  The antique cruciform was cut from a silver Maria Theresa trade dollar.  After being filed to remove unwanted surface details, a hardened iron point was used to incise design details which have all but completely worn away.  The loupe bail is also made of the same material and soldered to the pendant.  Sterling silver sheet and wire, mill rolled and drawn from ingot, were used to fabricate open work beads and caps made in Northeast Africa.  Small, 1 mm beads of coin metals, woven into the back end lengths of this neckpiece are Ethiopian.  Shaved edges of coins are drawn into wire shaped by winding around a fine steel rod.  Much the way links are made, these coils are cut, separated and the ends of each tiny "bead" are hammer fused together.

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Description

All silver components, beginning with the centerpiece cross, are hand made.  The antique cruciform was cut from a silver Maria Theresa trade dollar.  After being filed to remove unwanted surface details, a hardened iron point was used to incise design details which have all but completely worn away.  The loupe bail is also made of the same material and soldered to the pendant.  Sterling silver sheet and wire, mill rolled and drawn from ingot, were used to fabricate open work beads and caps made in Northeast Africa.  Small, 1 mm beads of coin metals, woven into the back end lengths of this neckpiece are Ethiopian.  Shaved edges of coins are drawn into wire shaped by winding around a fine steel rod.  Much the way links are made, these coils are cut, separated and the ends of each tiny "bead" are hammer fused together.

Medium Silver, Chinese Venetian glass beads, phenolic resin
Troy ounces 3.05 troy ounces
Size Overall length of necklace is 25". Cross measures 1 5/8" height X 1 3/16" width.
Date of creation Cross is circa 1890. Glass and resin beads are circa 1900.
Condition Excellent
Description Glass trade beads came from two differtent parts of the world. Yellow glass mandrell lampwork beads have been strung with lamp work and cane banded beads from Venice. European phenolic resin beads from the early 1900's adds the perfect, but much more durable "amber" touch to the African composition of hues, materials and textures.
Provenance ST
Gram weight 94.9 grams
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