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A grand antique Victorian Albert chain consisting of elongated, oval links with coiled wire in the centre, attached by lengths of curb chain in between. Each solid silver link bears a sterling lion mark and has been 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 in the hope they’d return home safely.
It's a silky chain with a good weight and fitted with two claw clasps bearing Birmingham hallmarks, dating to 1891 and 1897, suggesting one was added to the chain at a later date.
WEIGHT: 55 grams
MEASURES: Length 20.8 inches x Width 6mm
METAL: Sterling Silver/ 18ct Gold gilt
AGE: Victorian. (Dated 1891 - 1897)
MARKS: Sterling Lion stamps, Birmingham hallmarks, Maker’s mark (E.P.)
ITEM NUMBER: 23-976
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