Antique Victorian Gold Gilt Guard Chain

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A silky antique Victorian guard chain from the late 19th Century made up of faceted cable links with a claw clasp at the bottom, all fashioned in pinchbeck and gilded in a high-carat yellow gold.

Guard chains were at the height of popularity in the 18th & 19th Century. Both fashionable and practical, they were deliberately long enough to be tucked into a belt and the clasp was usually adorned with a pocket watch, lorgnette or muff. 

It has a good weight and length, measuring 53.6 inches so it can be worn as one long chain or looped twice around the neck to make two festoons of gold.   

WEIGHT: 29.9 grams 

MEASURES: Length 53.6 inches x Width 3mm – Clasp Height 18mm x Width 6mm 

METAL: Pinchbeck/ Gold gilt 

AGE: Victorian. (Circa 1900) 

MARKS: Faded Maker’s mark 

CONDITION: Excellent 

ITEM NUMBER: 23-955 

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