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A grand antique Victorian Albert chain made up of sterling silver curb links, each stamped with a sterling lion mark and gilded in a bright 18ct yellow gold. It’s complete with a T-bar suspended from the bottom along with a shield medallion engraved with forget me nots and a previous owner’s monogram.
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.
The clasps and medallion are stamped with various maker’s marks and hallmarks suggesting that each part has been added over time. The Medallion was made by Fattorini & Sons in Bradford (Circa 1880) and the clasps were made in Birmingham and are dated 1880 and 1912.
WEIGHT: 70.1 grams
MEASURES: Length 18 inches x Width 6mm – Medallion Height 38mm x Width 22mm – Bar Length 44mm x Width 3mm - Drop length 30mm
METAL: Sterling Silver/ 18ct Gold gilt
AGE: Victorian. (Circa 1880)
MARKS: Birmingham hallmarks, Sterling Lion stamps, Clasp initials (G.E.C - H.B.&S), Medallion initials (F&S – Fattorini & Sons, Bradford)
ITEM NUMBER: 23-977
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