This is an unusual vintage necklace featuring a very large Egyptian winged scarab of silvertone and enamel. The scarab is complete with front and back legs with its wings rising up to touch a circle that seems to represent a full and crescent moon.
The wing feathers and other details are picked out in silvertone filled in with sky blue, royal blue and red enamels. The chain has large slightly skewed links, also silvertone.
The pendant is large and heavy – just under 3″ wide and 3″ high (7.3 cm x 7.6 cm) – and the chain is a full 26″ long so the pendant lies mid-bust level. I would estimate it dates to the early 1960s or mid-1970′s – two times when artifacts from Tutankhamum’s tomb went on tour, causing another “Egyptian Revival.” It is unmarked.
Condition-wise there is some damage and wear, reflected in the 99c starting bid. There is a sizeable chip in the blue enamel at the top left of the scarab body (see pic) though it is not particularly noticeable as the area is still mostly blue, and the silvertone is worn with a slightly brassy hue where the chain connects. There is a very faint tinge to the chain but this may be dirt/tarnish – it is not “obviously” worn. Otherwise the enamel is a little basic with some darks specks but essentially all where it should be.