Dating victirian hardware
The Hook clasp (also called shepherd’s hook) was very popular in the 1950s and 1960s, when chunky multi-strand bead necklaces and sparkling rhinestone necklaces were very popular.Usually, the necklace had a chain that allowed the hook to use any of the chain links, making the necklace length adjustable.They are commonly found on hand made brooches from the mid-20th century era, such as painted wooden brooches from Russia or micro mosaic brooches from Italy.The clasps used on bracelets depend on the type of bracelet.The safety catch (also known as the “spring ring” clasp) was introduced in 1921.
The trombone clasp, patented in Europe in 1850, was named after the musical instrument as it had a tube with a round top. These were used in the latter half of the 19th century into the 1950s, mostly by European jewelers.
This is especially important when the jewelry has no hallmarks or maker’s marks.
NOTE: This is the final article in my four-part series on how to identify and date vintage jewelry.
The hook and box clasp (also called “fish hook” clasp) was commonly used on pearl necklaces or necklaces with gemstone beads.
Often oval shaped, the long hook was inserted and locked into place.