Antique Edwardian Albert Chain Silver 18ct Gold Gilt

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A grand antique Edwardian Albert chain from the early 20th Century made up of chunky silver curb links gilded in a bright 18ct gold to give it a desirable yellow bloom.

Albert chains were popularised and named after Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort in the 19th Century and were traditionally worn by gentlemen to secure a pocket watch to the buttonhole of a waistcoat. Today, they are also worn as stylish necklaces; a custom that was started by the wives of soldiers during the first world war who wore the chains as a keepsake in the hope they’d return home safely.

It’s a solid, substantial chain and is complete with its original clasps, T-bar and an extension of chain at the bottom fitted with a new 9ct gold ring clasp, typically used to hold a medallion, locket or another keepsake.

WEIGHT: 46.8 grams 

MEASURES: Length 16.5 inches x Width 8mm – T-Bar Length 43mm x Drop 23mm – Extra Chain Length 49mm 

METAL: Silver/ 18ct Gold gilt (Tested) 

AGE: Edwardian. (Circa 1901 – 1915) 

MARKS: 375/ 9ct stamp, Maker’s mark (Hercules) 

CONDITION: Excellent 

ITEM NUMBER: 23-640 

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