Victorian Sterling Silver Watch Chain Necklace T Bar 1898

This Victorian chain was made to hold a watch. After all, pocket watches were a necessity for almost everyone in the Victorian era and beyond, but after World War II the wristwatch really started to come into it's own, it was more practical, more portable, and quickly eclipsed the pocket watch as the gentleman's time piece of choice. What then to do with all those unused and unwanted beautiful watch chains? Well, it didn't take the ladies very long to figure out that they made fantastic necklaces and bracelets, and we've been wearing them ever since! Indeed, there really is nothing quite so iconic as the silver watch chain, duplicated by top designers time and time again, this classic is a go-with-anything staple of any well-dressed woman's jewelry wardrobe. But, why buy a reproduced classic when you can re-cycle a hand made antique original as stunning as this one?

This turn of the century beauty was hand made in Birmingham, England in 1898. It has long, gorgeous paperclip links interspersed with a repeating three round link pattern. Holding to tradition, this "double Albert' chain has the two lobster style clasps at the ends, originally used for a pocket watch at one end, and a fob or key at the other, and a T bar drop in the middle to secure the chain to a man's vest. This 18 inch long chain has a velvety soft patina and is quite weighty and solid in feel at 52.5 grams. It is hallmarked on every link with the Lion Passant (for sterling silver), and the marks also include the letter date code ‘y’ for 1898, the anchor mark for Birmingham, and the maker's mark 'F.W.C.".

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