Vintage 1960’s Hattie Carnegie Egyptian Revival Snake Necklace
Hattie Carnegie was a fashion entrepreneur based in New York City from the 1920s to the 1960s. Born in Vienna, Austria she was the second oldest of seven children. Her company was a pioneer of the ready-to-wear lines for the high-end market.
She introduced the “head-to-hem” boutique concept that paved the way for the future success of many other designers in America. Hattie’s colorful clothing and ultra-chic costume jewelry, even today, are greatly sought after by fashion and jewelry collectors.
The piece is an exceptional representation of Egyptian Revival, a style that flourished in the 1920’s after the rediscovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb and continued to be a source of inspiration throughout the 20th century.
There is no better word to describe this necklace than: spectacular. It takes the shapes of a cobra slithering sensually over the skin. The body is comprised of luscious turquoise and lapis-colored tube beads, each of which features dozens of carved “scales”.
The blue and green beads are separated by brilliant gold-colored spacers. The spacers are embellished with a simple decorative geometric design.
This cobra’s neck and face are rendered in the same shimmering gold color while his hood is decorated with sensational blue, green and coral-colored enamel. The underside of the cobra’s hood exhibits the traditional “Hattie Carnegie” hallmark placard.
The gold-colored tail slithers around to form a “hook” that fits around the cobra’s neck, which gives it a fabulous life-like appeal.
There is a small amount of wear commensurate with the age of the piece, but it remains in otherwise fantastic condition.
This is a statement piece for a very special outfit or as a wonderful addition to your Carnegie collection or vintage jewelry wardrobe.
Total length: 19 ½”
Body is 3/8″ wide and approx. 1 3/8″ in diameter
Cobra head is ¾” at widest point
Weight: 71.7 grams (2.53 oz)
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