Antique Victorian Albert Chain Silver 18ct Gold Gilt Dated 1886

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A grand antique Victorian Albert chain made up of sterling silver curb links that graduate in size from the clasps down toward a T-bar at the bottom. Each is stamped with a sterling lion mark and gilded in a bright 18ct yellow gold.

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.

It's a solid chain with a good weight and bears Birmingham hallmarks dating to 1886, with a newer T-bar added over the time.  

WEIGHT: 58.7 grams 

MEASURES: Length 17 inches x Width 10mm at the widest – T-Bar Length 39mm x Width 3mm - Drop 31mm down 

METAL: Sterling Silver/ 18ct Gold gilt 

AGE: Victorian. (Dated 1886) 

MARKS: Sterling Lions stamps, Birmingham hallmarks, Maker’s mark (J.R.)

CONDITION: Excellent 

ITEM NUMBER: 23-979 

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