For sale is this Dorrie Nossiter necklace. The necklace comprises a classic Nossiter gold and silver centrepiece set with semi precious stones, with perfectly paired baltic amber beads in “flapper” style. Unmarked, the central pendant is a classic Nossiter design with grape and coiled wire work in silver and gold leaf. Whilst the amber beads may be a later addition, it is known that Nossiter did pair pieces like this with amber beads and that she also strung her beads in the same unusual way. In images is shown a photo of Nossiter in c 1930 and a very similar set of beads can be seen hanging from her mirror! I am grateful to the website owner at www.dorrienossiter.co,uk for his research into this matter.
The necklace is wearable two ways, in long 20’s style or doubled around the neck. The necklace probably dates to c.1930 when Nossiter operated from her Bond Street gallery and is in excellent antique condition.
Dorrie Nossiter was born in 1893, trained at the Birmingham School of Art and ran her own jewellery shop and workshop in London from c 1930-1960’s. She was part of that later group of arts and crafts women jewellers that included Sibyl Dunlop, Amy Sandheim and Frances Harling (Amy’s sister), and also Bernard Instone (not a woman!). Their work is often similar, unmarked and confused. This piece is undoubtedly by Nossiter. More information can be found on a website dedicated to Dorrie Nossiter at this link
Maker: Dorrie Nossiter
Designer: Dorrie Nossiter
Date : c. 1930
Material: Sterling silver, amethyst, chalcedony
Condition: Excellent, see description
Size: 45cm long.
Weight : NM