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Choker Necklace
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Title: Choker Necklace
Identifier: 2006.1.83
Donor: Barbara Sayers Larson
Item Date: 1863-1901
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A beaded choker necklace constructed of 8 rows of beads which are assembled in a chain or ladder-like pattern on fine thread. The horizontal beads are clear glass while the lateral beads are white. Each part of the chain has 5 clear beads and the cross members have three beads. The rows of beads are attached to a gold coloured bar clasp which has 8 holes punched through the metal on each side of the clasp to which the beads are attached. Evenly spaced along the necklace are 3 rectangular beaded mosaics measuring 4.5 x 3.0 cm. Two of the mosaics have a floral design which is different on each. The other patch has a butterfly design.

Chokers are a style of necklace worn tight around the neck. They can be a simple ribbon, a strand of pearls, a beaded creation or bejewelled. Anne Boleyn wore a famous choker with a letter B. During the French Revolution female French expatriates wore a thin red ribbon as a choker as a memoriam to friends and family who has fallen victim to the guillotine. Princess Alexandra of Denmark who married Edward, Prince of Wales in 1863 often wore chokers to hide a scar on her neck. Her use of them created a trend which lasted throughout her reign as Princess of Wales from 1863 t0 1901 and Queen consort of Britain from 1901 to 1910.

This necklace is part of a large collection of jewellery owned by the Harris family. It is not clear who originally owned the necklace but it most likely was inherited by Annie Harris Sayers from her Draper/Sayers relatives.
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