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A grand antique Victorian Albert chain made in Birmingham in 1897. It’s made up of chunky sterling silver curb links, each stamped with a sterling lion mark and gilded in 18ct yellow gold. It’s fitted with its original T-Bar, complete with Birmingham hallmarks, with a newer Edwardian clasp, marked 1906 and a large medallion, marked 1900.
Albert chains were popularised and named after Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert in the 19th Century and were traditionally used 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 over 134 grams and can be worn as a traditional Albert or as a stylish statement necklace.
WEIGHT: 134.6 grams
MEASURES: Length 19 inches x Width 12mm at the widest – T-Bar Length 42mm x Drop 30mm – Medallion Height 49mm x Width 30mm
METAL: Sterling Silver/ 18ct Gold Gilt
AGE: Victorian. (Dated 1897) – Medallion & Clasp: Edwardian (Dated 1900 & 1906)
MARKS: Sterling Lion marks, Birmingham hallmarks, Maker’s marks (W.A. & H.B.)
CONDITION: Excellent – Light wear
ITEM NUMBER: 23-588
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