Part of his so-called “Alaska period”, the “North Star” pendant necklace is one of my favorites by William Spratling. It definitely helps that I am very partial to the form but the fact that he combined silver with stone inlay in this case as well as the architecturality of the star itself place this piece above and beyond – at least for me… This is a well-loved, thoroughly enjoyed necklace in its long life and it developed a lovely patina over the years. The azur-malachite is in very good shape with the usual tight fissures here and there but it’s all in place and the color is beautiful. I am accompanying it with a sterling extension of the same period yet by a different maker to give the necklace some extra length that makes it wearable for most of us. It is a great match and its addition does not compromise the integrity of the Spratling piece since it is self-contained, has its own hook-and-eye clasp and can be easily added onto and taken off the the original chain…
Size/Weight: 15″ long (originally; with the addition of the extension length goes up to 19″); pendant is 2 1/4” square (without the bail); adds a 2 1/2” drop to the chain; 55.4 grams (for the original set) that goes up to 60.4 grams with the extension
Hallmarks / Date: fully and appropriately signed on back of pendant with a combination of hallmarks that Spratling used in the 1954-67 period
Condition: excellent vintage with great patina, beautiful color in the stone inlay, with no unsightly damage or repairs noted
SOLD – Thank you!