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’.
Women continued to wear long chains, usually over 60", in the Victorian period but the chains had become thinner and began to be worn around the neck. Some had a swivel attachment and some had a slide to allow the drape of the chain to be adjusted.
This gorgeous Victorian long guard features links that allow depth to the overall piece. Measuring 72" inches (!), this chain may be used in its original purpose, as a long chain, doubled over to create a two-chain illusion, or even as a bracelet if your wrist allows!
Materials and Features: 12k gold
Age/Origin: Victorian, c. 1880
Measurements: 29 grams, 72"
Condition: Excellent condition.
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