Victorian 18k Yellow Gold Fancy Link Belcher Necklace with 9.73 CT Coral Gobbo Pendant
Victorian 18k Yellow Gold Fancy Link Belcher Necklace with 9.73 CT Coral Gobbo Pendant


Victorian 18k Yellow Gold Fancy Link Belcher Necklace with 9.73 CT Coral Gobbo Pendant

Valued at$1,895.00
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General Information:

  • Length: 16.625 inches (42.2275 cm/422.275 mm)
  • Precious Metal Weight: About 5.30 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material:  18k warm yellow gold
  • Weight: 8.25 grams
  • Markings: Unmarked
  • Era: This chain is believed to date to sometime between the 1870s and about 1900.
  • Buyer Notes: This chain is a remarkable rarity; although antique 'Gobbo' charms are typically found as individual accessories, this offering includes an affixed antique high karat gold necklace. Not only is every link hand-formed and fashioned, but a super desirable, and nicely sized bolt ring clasp completes the look.
  • Valuation: This chain has an assessed market value of $2,270 USD at the time of listing. This is not a written, formal appraisal, but may be helpful when considering a purchase.

The Story:

This brilliant gold necklace survives as a stunning example of Victorian allegorical finery. The chain comprises of a fancy link variation of double-looped belcher links, every single one fashioned and interlocked by the hand of an artisan over a century and a half ago. While a very few of the links have since been soldered together for strength, the historic integrity of the piece remains uncompromised and on powerful display. A large antique bolt ring complements the belcher style links, and is believed to be original to the piece. The age of this ring may be noted by the lack of a pull-back knob; the ring is opened by pushing the lip of the opening to compress the inner spring. This ring offers the wearer both elegance and practicality.

Centering the necklace is a horizontal bar that is octagonal in silhouette. This bar was originally a barrel clasp that has since been soldered closed, transitioning the feature from functional to decorative. A hand-carved coral Gobbo charm dangles from the bar and anchors aesthetic of the necklace. This style charm is unique to Italy, and is a three-dimensional figural pendant depicting a hunchback. Indeed, the word Gobbo translates from the Italian language to mean exactly that: hunchback. A Gobbo amulet is traditionally made to appear as a sharply-dressed fellow who dons a dapper waistcoat and tall top hat, sometimes even a walking cane. He sometimes holds horseshoes or is bedecked in garlic garlands, and in rarer examples, his figure evolves into a cornicello from the waist down. 

Gobbos are believed to be emblems of good fortune, and it was long thought that if a gambler crossed paths with someone with kyphosis, they were sure to win big. Historically, humpacked figures were thought to divert the attention of the evil eye away from the wearer and onto the curiosity of the amulet. In this way, the wearer would be spared and blessed with luck and prosperity instead. It could very well be that the coral charm herein was purchased as a Grand Tour souvenir and later mounted on the chain of the buyer's choice once back home in America.

A token of a bygone era, imbued with countless stories and loads of luck, this Victorian-era jewel is ready for lifetimes of wear ahead!

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