Sterling silver necklace by Art Smith

Designed by
Smith, Art, American, 1917 - 1982
Medium
sterling silver
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7 × 5 1/2 × 3/4 in. (17.8 × 14 × 1.9 cm)
Type
jewelry
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1946-1979
Description
A sterling silver necklace made by Art Smith.
The necklace features a vertical chain of ten (10) interlocking sterling silver rings extending from a circular necklace. There are four (4) flat, oblong pieces with rounded ends set horizontally through the vertical chain, with each piece decreasing in size from the top to the bottom. The circular necklace is composed of three pieces of sterling silver. The top or back piece, which would fit behind the neck, connects at each end with a nearly closed hook clasp to holes set into the front right and front left pieces, both of which extend to curved hooks at the other end. The hooks interlock with each other to close the necklace at the center, from which the vertical chain is extended.
The name "Art Smith" is imprinted into the back of the left side piece near the clasp in a cursive font, with "STERLING" below the name.
There are a few areas with small scuffs and scratches.
Topic
African American
Art
Craftsmanship
Design
Fashion
Ornamentation
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2016.173.2
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Art Smith
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Adornment
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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