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Before the invention of the wristwatch, Victorian women would wear their hunter case watches as a necklace, adding ornate, engraved pieces to the chain. Thus, slide jewelry was born! However, they’ve held many purposes, and their purposes reflect the trends of the era. The use of various metals likely made them widely accessible to women across all classes, since their versatility likely made them popular, as they could be worn long or short.

One of the heaviest chains we’ve ever had, weighing in at a whopping 54.3 grams, this show-stopping book chain features no less than 3 tassels, 60” of book chain within the main body, and 3 additional inches of decorative chain adorning the auxiliary tassels.


Materials & Features: 14k gold, agate

Age/Origin: Victorian, American, Archaeological Revival, c. 1860

Measurements: 54.3 grams, 60" in length (an additional 3" of decorative chain)

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear. The central agate has been lovingly reset. The slide does not move at this time.

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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