interlocking hands

Antique pea necklace made of gold with mani in feather clasp, Biedermeier around 1840

This necklace made of high-carat gold is an original piece of jewellery from the Biedermeier years. It surprises with a plastically designed clasp in the shape of two hands, which are naturalistically placed one inside the other. It is not surprising that we repeatedly encounter this old motif of the hand - already a symbol of love and sincere friendship in classical antiquity - in Biedermeier jewellery. In the life of the time, one's own family and close friends played a major role - the age of Romanticism was also marked by particular sensitivity in the area of jewellery. Especially in the period after the Napoleonic Wars, gifts of friendship or love were popular accessories as a sign of feeling and appreciation. Numerous examples of jewellery with interlocking hands, known in the trade as "mani in fede", have been preserved in various museums of decorative arts; the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, for example, has a considerable collection from various periods. Our necklace was probably made in Germany around 1840 and is beautifully preserved. The sentimental piece of jewellery found its way to us from Hamburg.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.