The tradition of women wearing watch chains as necklaces originated when soldiers departed home for the battlefields of WWI, leaving pocket watches and chains behind with their wives. Women would wear these talismans around their necks keeping them safe and close to the heart. Today the traditional purpose of the Albert chain may have changed but its timeless style and modern function as a statement necklace or addition to any collectors' chain family continue the evolution of the Albert chain into the 21st Century.
A chic, Victorian watch chain, this sleek 1870’s English example weighs just over 24g and has the most sensual links. Each individually hand-soldered shut, this nicely hallmarked example has both a dog clip and a fully etched and faceted T-bar, which I’ve never seen before.
Materials & Features: 9k gold
Age/Origin: Victorian, English, c. 1870s
Measurements: 24.02 grams, 12"
Marks: Fully-etched and faceted T-bar
Condition: Excellent condition. There is some wear and re-soldering, and the chain has been priced accordingly.
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