Antique double Albert watch chain with T.bar in 9 carat rose gold, British Hallmarked Chester 1919, for that era each links has been hallmarked by Assay office. Albert watch chain was named after Prince Albert. The double Albert watch chain is characterised by having two equal lengths of chain attached to the T-bar. One chain was used to hold the pocket watch, and the other was, traditionally, used to hold the watch key to wind the movement. However, in more modern times it would seem that alternative accessories, such as a pocket-knife, a compass, a cigarette case, a vesta case, a fountain pen, and - for today’s gents - a USB stick would be suitable. In addition to the two chains of equal length, as with the single chain example, there is a shorter centralised chain, often referred to as the ‘drop’. Typically, Albert watch chains are worn with a drape in the chain, as opposed to the chain between the pocket and the watch being pulled taut. In the Victorian period, Albert watch chains were extremely popular, serving as a must-have accessory for any gentrified male. They declined in popularity with the rise of the wristwatch; however, the Albert watch chain remains a symbol of class and wealth.

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Details

  • IN THE STYLE OF

    Edwardian

  • PLACE OF ORIGIN

    United Kingdom

  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE

    1919

  • PERIOD

    1910-1919

  • METAL

    9k GoldRose Gold

  • CONDITION

    Excellent

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  • DIMENSIONS

    W 1.62 in. x D 13.39 in.W 41 mm x D 340 mm

  • LENGTH

    13.39 in. (340 mm)

  • WEIGHT

    21 g

  • SELLER LOCATION

    London, GB

  • REFERENCE NUMBER

    LU116819132142

Antique Double Albert Watch Rose Gold Chain, British Hallmarked Chester, 1919

£1,750.00Price
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    Not for the world. Why, man, she is mine own, And I as rich in having such a jewel As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl, The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.

    William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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