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Silver, gold, cut steel and brass comprise this delicate necklace. It rests just below the collar bones. Suspended from a pair of doll-size Victorian cut-steel shoe buckles is faceted jet-black glass wreathed in paste diamonds and squared off in filigree.

The clasp is a new, quality, gold-filled 9mm replica of those typically used on watch chains of the era. The chain (including tiny buckles) measures 9 inches on both sides, for a total of 18 inches in circumference. The focal filigree/black glass measures 1 and 3/16 inches.

I scour garage sales, auctions and stores for antique and vintage components that I use in creating one-of-a-kind pieces.

COMPONENTS
--antique jet-glass, paste, and filigree stick-pin top (without pin)
--pair of tiny antique faceted-steel, one-inch shoe buckles (with bars removed)
--delicate vintage sterling elongated cable chain
--antiqued dark brass small rolo chain on back of necklace and on dangle.
--vintage iridescent Czech glass beads (2)
--brushed-silver rolo chain on front of necklace and on dangle.
--silver and faceted-black-glass bead (over focal)
--antique Victorian glass button, dangling from clasp jump ring
--MGA brass logo tag, attached to clasp jump ring

*****

"Dreamland's Burning" begins the introduction to Mark Dehry’s "The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink." There's a shot of an antique postcard: "City of Fire: Luna Park. Coney Island, 1906."

Excerpt from the introduction: "With the electric light as the sorcerer's apprentice, Coney Island's three great amusement parks—Steeplechase, Luna Park, and Dreamland—conjured up a city of fire, its eerie aura visible thirty miles out to sea. It dazzled all who saw it at the turn of the century...Our historical moment parallels Coney's in its heyday: In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, America was poised between the Victorian era and the Machine Age; similarly, we're in transition from industrial modernity to the Digital Age."

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Dreamland Is Burning — Victorian stick-pin and cut-steel-buckle assemblage necklace

$130.00

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: brass, rolled gold, jet glass, silver, brass and copper jumprings
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 54 reviews
  • Favorited by: 22 people