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Antique Australian 15ct Yellow Gold Half Seed Pearl Necklace By William Drummond And Co. Circa 1900-1910

Sale price$1,250.00 AUD

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Dating to the early 20th century, circa 1910, this utterly charming ‘lavaliere’ pendant necklace was crafted by William Drummond And Co. of Melbourne Australia.

Crafted from 15ct yellow gold and designed as lavaliere (or lavalier or lavallière) named after Louse Françoise de La Baume Le Blanc, Duchess de La Vallière (1644-1710) mistress of Louis XIV.

A particularly pretty example with the surmount designed as an open work bow, set with an array of half seed Pearls, suspending a bar edged drop terminating in a lovely daisy cluster also set with half Pearls.

The chain is 15ct yellow gold, beautifully crafted and securing with an early but probably a replacement tubular 9ct gold clasp.

Measuring a very pleasing 42cm neck circumference this early piece of Australian history is truly a delight.

Natural half seed Pearl

Pendant drop - 4cm
Chain / Neck circumference - 42cm

6.29 Grams

‘W 15 D’ - For William Drummond and 15ct gold (stamps slightly faded)
Barrel clasp is marked 9ct
Chain has been tested as 15ct gold

Very good to excellent antique condition. Chain is strong, thick and beautifully made, no thinning between links. Clasp is possibly an early replacement, very secure, works perfectly, 9ct gold. All Pearls original, no re-glues, one Pearl under scrutiny/magnification has a defect or ‘split’, noting for accuracy only, eye clean. Beautiful early piece.

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