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A grand antique Edwardian Albert chain made up of chunky sterling silver curb links with a large medallion and T-bar suspended from the bottom. All the parts were made in Birmingham and bear hallmarks and sterling lion marks.
The chain is dated 1912 and has been fitted with an older medallion, marked 1907 and a new T-bar which is marked 1924 with additional Sheffield hallmarks on the link above indicating it was added to the piece in 1999.
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 weighing 70 grams and can be worn as a traditional Albert or as a stylish statement necklace.
WEIGHT: 70 grams
MEASURES: Length 15.5 inches x Width 9mm at the widest – Medallion Width 32mm x Height 40mm – T-bar Length 35mm x Width 3mm x Drop 21mm
METAL: Sterling Silver (Stamped)
AGE: Chain (Dated 1912), Medallion (Dated 1907), T-Bar (Dated 1924)
MARKS: Sterling Lion marks, Birmingham hallmarks, Maker’s marks (T.J.S & T.F.)
ITEM NUMBER: 23-614
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