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Christopher Pinchbeck, a London watchmaker, was the first person to discover the metallic alloy we know as "pinchbeck." This new alloy looked almost exactly like gold and was named after its inventor.

Pinchbeck was especially a favorite with the Georgian and Victorian people, as it reduced the risk of theft. The wealthy used them as “traveling jewelry” and also widely used for theatrical purposes as costume jewelry. 

Perfume links have become popular among collectors due to their fascinating original usage, which was to perfume the body. Strong smelling oils or waxes would be pressed into the open compartments in the center links or perfume pendants. This stand-out chain features baubles throughout and boasts a length of 53", allowing for layering and versatility. 


Materials and Features: pinchbeck

Age/Origin: Victorian, c. 1870

Measurements: 53" length, 23.7 grams

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age wear associated. 

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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