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, early 20th c watch chain, this sleek 1930’s example weighs just over 36g and has the most sensual, chunky links. Each individually hand-soldered shut, this nicely hallmarked example boasts a massive C clasp. I can see this rare chain becoming a staple in whatever collection it joins as an exceptional component- my favorite way to wear is as an anklet, but it would also make an excellent chain extension, bracelet, or detail.
Materials & Features: 14ct, quadruple hallmark
Age/Origin: early 20th c, possibility Russian
Measurements: 10.5” 36G
Condition: Excellent condition with some minor wear- the c clasp and dog clip are excellently functional.
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