A waistcoat chain made by Jakob Bengel of Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Established in 1873 Bengel originally specialised in the production of watch chains and chatelaines before producing costume jewellery in the 1920's and 30's. I believe this piece is from the earlier period. The chain has 2 stunning stylised birds set with paste stone eyes and green plastic (most likely Galalith).
The birds are very much in the Secessionist style. The piece is white metal (not silver) possibly nickel and the 2 birds and the 2 arrow shaped sections holding the chain are plated. Identifying Marks / Makers Marks.Age / date of manufacture. Measures 11 5/8 (29.5 cm) long. The birds are approximately 1" (2.5 cm) across at the widest point and are 1 7/8" (4.75 cm) long. The arrow shaped sections which hold the 6 chains and the 2 stylised birds have got some wear to the plating.
The 2 clasps work well and fasten securely. The item "JAKOB BENGEL Waistcoat Chain / Albertina / Watch Fob German c1900 Jugendstil" is in sale since Sunday, August 23, 2020.This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Pocket Watches". The seller is "vetus_purgamentum" and is located in Bexley. This item can be shipped worldwide.