Gold necklace found in wall of 1880s Montana Farm House (found in 1970s)

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  1. montanap

    montanap Member

    My mother found this in the wall of her home in the 1970s during a renovations. The home was built in the late 1800s. Any idea how old or what it is? Thank you.

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  2. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    6ED1C56C-687C-4AFE-9BC6-FB9EE4DDB3CE.jpeg Welcome to the Forum, Montanap! :) I have enlarged your photo. I think the Joolies would need some more pics, especially the clasp. Choose Full Size for photos. :)
  3. montanap

    montanap Member

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  4. montanap

    montanap Member

    Here are some more pictures. The clasp is a different material so I think it is not original. Thank for you time. Interested to hear what folks have to say.
  5. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    It's an old clasp, but if it's not original it doesn't mean much.
  6. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

    Ok, good job getting more photos! Someone will be along who may know time period. Make sure you check back, if you don’t get a reply right away. Folks are in all different time zones on this forum, but I’m sure you will get feedback. ;)
  7. montanap

    montanap Member

    Thank you very much.
  8. montanap

    montanap Member

    I was guessing the clasp it not original, it has not been changed since found in the wall. Thank you.
  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!



    1889 catalog..
  10. i need help

    i need help Well-Known Member

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  12. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Looks Victorian. 1890-19teens.
    What makes you think the clasp has been replaced? Looks correct to me.

    You might want to have a jeweler check it. Might be gold.
    The drops appear to be hollow judging from the slight damage.
  13. Christmasjoy

    Christmasjoy Well-Known Member

    Well done Komo !!! ... Joy. :)
  14. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is very pretty. What a surprise it must have been to your mother.
    Did you have it tested for gold?
    I agree, it is of the right period and looks original to me.
    Those delicate necklaces are generally Edwardian or very late Victorian. The drops are inspired by slightly heavier Etruscan Revival necklaces that were fashionable during previous decades.
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  15. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Where in Montana?

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  16. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

    Welcome! And what fun for your mother!
  17. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

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  18. montanap

    montanap Member

    Wow this is al great information. Thanks to all. Mom will be thrilled to hear it is this old. I will get it tested. The drops are hollow. It was found in a farm house (that is rumored to have been the old 1 room school house) in Sun River MT you will have to google that) where I grew up.
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  19. patd8643

    patd8643 Well-Known Member

    Could it have been brought by French Canadians and stowed in a safe place because it was thought to be one of their valuables?
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  20. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Interesting. My grandmother and great-aunts all taught at one room school houses in Eastern Montana.

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