Ref HF7 Georgian Opera Token Necklace
I am sure a number of us left a hopeful bid on Edith Head's eponymous opera token necklace, offered in the Elizabeth Taylor jewellery sale at Christies, New York in December 2011 [estimate $1500 - $2000]. The necklace fetched a staggering $314,500, such is the allure of celebrity provenance. In homage to Edith Head's iconic necklace, my jeweller has created a similar oval link chain with box clasp, to which we have attached a set of seven ivory Georgian opera tokens. They are all from the same Opera house and all bear the same date, 1820. Opera tokens were issued as season admission tickets and were only within the means of wealthy and aristocratic patrons of the arts [such as the Countess of St Germans and Lady Petre, who possessed some of the tokens on our necklace]. The necklace is silver gilt, silver dipped in gold and it is 15 inches long. My jeweller can make additional links if additional length is required. Each link measures 3/4 of an inch by 2/3 of an inch. The ivory tokens all measure 1 and 2/3 inches by 1 and 2/3 inches. An amazing necklace.
Edith Head wearing her signature opera token necklace
Elizabeth Taylor wearing Edith Head's opera token necklace
'The' necklace, which sold at Christies in December 2011 for $314,500.