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Gorgeous Chinese Silver Dragon necklace clasp - with functioning parts.

{Circa 1860}

This clasp connects to the necklace chain on each of the four corners. One of the corners houses the hidden clasp.

Carved Jade in the center - carved on both back and front. Set in intricate silver filigree work that has dragons nestling it like a precious egg. You can see one of the dragons actually holding the jade - there are even little dragon feet curling up the side, used as prongs. Small lengths of ornate, elongated link silver chain still attached to the rings.
Signed "Sycee No. 23".

ca 1860 during the Opium Drug War era in China. There was a battle and capture of the Taku forts in August of 1860. Jewelry and objects were crafted out of the Sycee Silver (type of Chinese silver ingot). I have seen other pieces with the exact same markings that date this to this period. I am not an expert in Chinese jewelry, just reporting on the research I have done.
If anyone has any further information, I would love to hear it!

This clasp measures just under 1 1/2" with loops by just over an inch wide.
The longest length of silver chain measures 5 3/4"

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Antique Chinese Sycee No 23 Silver Dragon and Jade Clasp for Necklace / 19th Century Chinese Filigree Pendant

$360.00

Only 1 available


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: sycee silver, silver, jade, sterling, filigree, clasp, push clasp, chain
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 6572 reviews
  • Favorited by: 85 people