I could swear I saw an actual piece using the Egyptian coil "chain,"
which is definitely more than a just a spiral, in a book on Ancient
Egyptian artifacts that I found in one of the local libraries.
Unfortunately, I use a lot of different libraries and have probably
borrowed every book remotely related to ancient jewelry, so I doubt
I’ll be able to trace it. And a lot of the books are out off print.
However, two suggestions: contact the Egyptology dept. at the
University of Chicago. Surely someone there would know.
And…Dawn Hale has posted to this list–she’s the woman who works
with the Met Museum making those gorgeous PMC pieces. I can’t find
her email address in the archives, but I would bet her contact at the
Met could answer this question.
Dawn, are you reading this?