The revolving bead pendant necklace we introduced last year was a hit. So this year we decided to enlarge the design to accommodate some special bigger vintage glass ovals we discovered on a recent button hunting trip.
The three-sided spinning pendant featured in this necklace is a recreation of a Victorian gentleman’s watch fob. Watches were invented in 1750 but wristwatches didn’t come into vogue until after WWI. So in the centuries between these innovations, men kept their watches in their pockets.
Most pocket watches hung from a chain adorned with a decorative fob. A fob added weight to the chain which made it easier to withdraw the watch from a pocket. However, the fobs, because they were visible, were also decorative and fashionable.
The most fashionable of all was a spinner fob which had two or three sides, which turned so the owner could choose which decorative element to show off. In this necklace, the fob hangs from the chain vertically while on an actual watch fob it would have spun horizontally from a curved bar.
This necklace features a sliding clasp that enables you to adjust its length to suit any neckline. You can wear it as a choker, as a long pendant, or anywhere in between.
In this piece:
- Vintage green opal glass cabochon, handmade in mid-century Czechoslovakia
- Vintage cameo in matte jet glass, handmade in mid-century Western Germany
- Vintage jet and jade opal glass cabochon, handmade in mid-century Czechoslovakia
- Brass plated pewter casting made in the USA
- Stamped brass floral bead cap made in the USA today with antique dies
- Antiqued brass chain
- Chain adjusts via a sliding magnetic clasp from a 15" choker to 32" long pendant
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