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A grand antique Edwardian Albert chain made up of sterling silver curb links and fitted with the classic double claw clasp, T-bar and a large medallion decorated with floral engraving and topped with a rosy gold gilt shield in the centre.
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.
All the parts were made in Birmingham and bear hallmarks and sterling lion marks. The chain is dated 1905 and has been fitted with a newer medallion marked 1909. It’s a solid, substantial chain and can be worn as a traditional Albert or as a stylish necklace.
WEIGHT: 48.3 grams
MEASURES: Length 16 inches x Width 5mm – T-Bar Length 36mm x Width 3mm x Drop 30mm – Medallion Height 53mm inc. loop x Width 30mm x Drop 82mm
METAL: Sterling Silver (Stamped) & Gold Gilt
AGE: Edwardian. (Chain Dated 1905 – Medallion 1909)
MARKS: Birmingham hallmarks, Sterling Lion marks, Maker’s marks
CONDITION: Light wear and some gilt has come away on the shield but otherwise in excellent condition for its age.
ITEM NUMBER: 23-876
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