Jakob Bengel 1932 Chrome and Red Plastic Vintage Necklace

A marvel of machine age design, this necklace was created in Germany in 1932 by Jakob Bengel. 

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The Details...

This necklace features a design comprised of chromium plated rods, balls and spacers, detailed with red plastic semi-circular spacers. They are all threaded onto chromium plated chain and the necklace fastens with a barrel clasp. The necklace is 43cm in length. 

A Short History..

This piece does not bear a signature. All of Jakob Bengel jewellery was unsigned. However, his pieces posess distinctive hallmarks which make them readily idenitfiable as Bengel. The chromium plated balls and rods are typical of jewellery produced by Bengel during this period and it was common for the company to accent pieces with plastics in black, green and red, as can be seen here. The company also favoured the use of barrel clasps for their shorter necklaces, like this. It is possible to date this necklace to 1932, as examples of pieces from the 1932 catalogue can be found in the book 'Bengel Art Deco Schmuck' by W. Lindemann and they use the same components and design elements that are in this necklace. 

Wear it With...

This necklace would look stunning paired with a black strapless jumpsuit and a pair of red, single strap heels for evening. 

  • Designer Jakob Bengel
  • Colour Silver, Red
  • Era 1930s
  • Occasion Work, Wedding Guest, The Festive Season, Smart Casual, Cocktail and Evening
  • Trend Gatsby Glamour