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.
This massive example features a very detailed chain with textured links, a large t-bar, and dog clip, alone with a substantial carnelian and bloodstone fob with a delicate Orientalist design. Hallmarked on the chain and the fob.
Materials and Features: carnelian, bloodstone, gold
Age/Origin: English, Victorian, c. 1870-75
Measurements: 13", 23.4 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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