Don’t you think that there are words that we just don’t use as much as we should? Example? Knightliness; did you know that this is a word? It is, really, and the words that it’s synonymous with are equally delightful and underserved; Chivalrous? Gallant? Courtly? They all conjure up images of a proper gentleman, one who is full of courtesy and courage. There is a society for these Chivalrous types, you know. In England it’s called the Royal Order of the Garter. It was founded by King Edward III in 1348, so it’s been around for a while. Their symbol is that of a strap and buckle, a garter. I’ve seen the garter used in rings and bangles, earrings and many a brooch, but I admit that this is the first time I’ve ever come across this motif used in a full collar, it’s quite striking and magnificent in its three dimensional design.
This highly unusual collar was hand crafted in England in about 1880. It’s 16.5 inches long and has a large jump ring that could hold a locket or bauble of some kind. This one can be worn with the engraved side up to show the garters or with that side down for an intriguing shape in smooth silver, it can be worn as a necklace with the clasp that the back or as a chain with it in the front. This collar is 15.3 mm wide at the widest point and sits 3.4 mm high, it weighs 47.4 grams. The collar is unmarked but tests as sterling silver.
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