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This rare, 19th-century copy of a late Iron Age gold torc necklace is based on the original, which was discovered on the island of Øland in 1857.

Our example was made by the Danish firm, Michelsen, and is identical to one presented to Princess Alexandra by the royal family Hesse-Cassel, in celebration of her marriage to the Prince of Wales in 1863.

Denmark was instrumental in organizing the study of prehistory and developing advanced methods of archaeological excavation in the 19th century.

These developments were instrumental in the reintroduction of ancient Scandinavian styles of jewelry to a modern audience.

The finest of these revivalist designs, including our torc necklace, were on display at the 1862 Exhibition in London, from which Princess Alexandra’s wedding gifts were chosen.