Rare Early Handwrought Sterling Blister Pearl Watch Chain by Kalo (Item #AC-kaloprlwc)
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Very rare, early handwrought Sterling silver watch chain with geometric oxidized design and blister pearl by the Kalo Shop (Chicago, IL), circa 1910. The piece features a fairly large (1/2" by 1 1/8") navette shaped fob with oxidized background surrounding a bezel set blister pearl with gorgeous gray and pink coloring on the surface. The fob is attached to a handmade 8" long paper clip chain with a 1" clip on the end. The reverse is signed KALO STERLING. The piece is in very good, original condition, and is a fantastic example of American Arts & Crafts jewelry. Watch chains by Kalo are exceedingly rare - this is only the second one I've ever seen.
Jewelry and metalware by the Kalo Shop, one of the most famous American arts & crafts makers, is extremely well made and highly collectible. Pieces from their early production, like this one, are highly prized and very difficult to find. A history of the company, including many fabulous examples of their jewelry can be found on the Chicago Silver website. Additional fine examples of Kalo jewelry are pictured in the Warman's Jewelry book series by Christie Romero.