Long guard chains were first worn by women in the early 1800s. They were long and light and were draped over the shoulders and caught at the waist with a watch hook or tucked under a belt or in a watch pocket. They were used to carry watches as well as lorgnettes or vinaigrettes, and were described as ‘guard chains’.
Not one collection is complete without a huge long guard... and long guard this chain, indeed, is. 60' of stunning, warm, rose gold with a larger-than-to-be-expected dog clip. Most long guards can be found in the 45-55" range, I've handled a rare few in the 60" category; and this one is particular exceptional.
Materials and Features: 9k gold
Measurements: 60” length, 48.21 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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