Antique 1900s Edwardian collier de chien French collar necklace

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Vintage from the 1900s

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An extremely rare Edwardian "collier de chien" or "dog collar" choker, made in France and designed with extraordinary brass and glass details. This short necklace style was popularized by Princess (and later Queen) Alexandra, the wife of King Edward VII. She supposedly originally wore high-collared dresses and chokers to hide a scar on her neck. Whatever the original reason, she was almost always seen wearing heaps and layers of necklaces - from the very short to the very long - throughout her time in the public eye. This imported design would have been quite sought after and came with an adjustable clasp, with five places to hook the clasp to allow for varying sizes of necks. Four thin, square, filigree panels are spaced by decorative links to make the collar of the necklace. A larger, glass-set panel rests at the hollow of the neck. This features a creamy white/green "Peking glass" slab set in a fitted and closed back frame. A further brass overlay, in the shape of a tulip, partially obscures the glass and adds an element of organic, Art Nouveau design to the piece. Excellent condition and a marvelous costume example of Edwardian necklace fashion.

Measurements: 12" - 14", adjustable
Era: 1900s
Markings: MADE IN FRANCE
An extremely rare Edwardian "collier de chien" or "dog collar" choker, made in France and designed with extraordinary brass and glass details. This short necklace style was popularized by Princess (and later Queen) Alexandra, the wife of King Edward VII. She supposedly originally wore high-collared dresses and chokers to hide a scar on her neck. Whatever the original reason, she was almost always seen wearing heaps and layers of necklaces - from the very short to the very long - throughout her time in the public eye. This imported design would have been quite sought after and came with an adjustable clasp, with five places to hook the clasp to allow for varying sizes of necks. Four thin, square, filigree panels are spaced by decorative links to make the collar of the necklace. A larger, glass-set panel rests at the hollow of the neck. This features a creamy white/green "Peking glass" slab set in a fitted and closed back frame. A further brass overlay, in the shape of a tulip, partially obscures the glass and adds an element of organic, Art Nouveau design to the piece. Excellent condition and a marvelous costume example of Edwardian necklace fashion.

Measurements: 12" - 14", adjustable
Era: 1900s
Markings: MADE IN FRANCE

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