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A fabulous antique French guard chain from the late 19th Century consisting of fancy, open-work links fashioned in silver and gilded in a bright yellow gold with a claw clasp hung at the end, complete with French hallmarks.
Guard chains were at the height of popularity in the 18th & 19th Century. Both fashionable and practical, they were deliberately long enough to be tucked into a belt and the clasp was usually adorned with a pocket watch, lorgnette or muff.
It has a good weight and length, measuring 56 inches so it can be worn as one long chain or looped twice around the neck to make two festoons of gold.
WEIGHT: 29.1 grams
MEASURES: Length 56 inches x Width 5mm – Clasp Height 21mm (inc. loop) x Width 7mm
METAL: Silver/ 18ct Gold gilt
AGE: Victorian. (Circa 1900)
MARKS: Maker’s mark (S.S.), French hallmarks
ITEM NUMBER: 23-980
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