Antique French 44" Long Guard Chain, 18k Gold c. 1890

     Agnes was waiting for me at a café on the edge of Les Puces de Paris, the flea market at St.-Ouen. I've known her for years and we've moved on years ago from the shopper-seller relationship to that of very close friends.  She's ordered me a pain au chocolate and a grand créme. The café is close and warm after walking hours around the outdoor market in the crisp autumn air, and the smell of coffee and pastries is intoxicating.  Her daughter is with her and I delight in the kind of warm hug and big smile only a 2 year old can offer. Agnes is pregnant with her second and she is glowing only a little bit brighter than the three fabulous gold chains that she has wrapped around her long slender neck. She looks like she should be in a movie, a French beauty with her cherubic daughter, perfectly dressed and accessorized, with that perfect baby bump. I almost felt bad buying all three chains right off of her swan-like neck (but not really, because I know she does it on purpose).

     This French chain is a beauty in its own right. Handcrafted with fantastic attention to detail, this one is 44" long and weighs 22.4 grams. Like all French long guards, this chain was meant to be worn with a watch and so while it has a jump ring, it is actually one continuous chain, both ends of which are attached to the ring. This can easily be changed by opening a link and using the jump ring as a closure, if you find it more useful this way and if you are going to wear it alone without a pendant or watch. The chain is marked with the French eagle head mark and opposing bigorne, signifying that this chain was made in France of 18 karat gold in about 1890.   

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SKU: LDA18112VA* 




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