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, about 60" in length, in the Victorian period but the chains had become thinner and they were worn around the neck!
An Early 20th Century Long Guard Chain of 56,” this wonderful find is of a most glowing gold in a near pink tone with an original dog clip boasting that ever so coveted 15k hallmark… and another one hidden at the base of the chain. Circa 1900, it is very rare to find examples like this as most were melted in the 1980s, when gold spiked in value. Truly a remarkable relic of the past.
Materials & Features: 15k gold
Age/Origin: Early 20th C, c. 1900
Measurements: 56" in length
Marks: Hallmarked for 15k
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear. Locket is in near-mint condition.
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