Antique: 15ct Gold Watch Chain, Trombone Link, Paperclip link Necklace


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This antique rose gold watch chain was handcrafted in solid 15ct gold sometime during the late Victorian early Edwardian period. Not every watch chain is a good candidates for a necklace, but this one is perfect! 

You can't help but be drawn in by the gleaming gold. We carefully select the antique watch chains for our collection taking into consideration their looks, condition and wearability.

Here's what we love about this chain. The Trombone link alternates with a trio of ovals links which is not only eye-catching, but also perfect for hanging charms - everywhere and anyway you like. Easily add your charms and pendants to this chain with our hidden hinge bail (see in our Charm Holders Category). They pull open and snap close and can be added to any link on this chain.

The length is also worth mentioning. At 18 1/2 inches, this watch chain is very wearable. You can also adjust the length by clipping the the dog/watch clip to any trombone link. The links are solid and have a great palm feel. The total weight comes in at a hefty 40.4 grams of gold.

Lastly, no watch chain necklace is really complete without its dog clip and T-bar. This one appears to have its original pair. They each have the same mark. In fact, each link is marked with 15 and .625 although some seem to have worn a bit and are harder to see. The closure is a watch clip on one end and a large bolt ring on the other. You can add a charm to either. Both open and close properly and securely.

While doing research on watch chains we discovered that the jewelry trend of wearing a watch chain as a necklace is not new. When soldiers left home for the battlefields of WWI, they left their pocket watches and watch chains behind with their girlfriends and wives. Women would wear them around their necks to keep them safe and close to the heart. Pocket watches began to fade from use as wrist watches, more practical in the trenches, became the standard.

Dimensions & Details

  • The chain measures 18 1/2 inches (46.9 cm).
  • The trombone link measures x inches .9 inches (22.8 mm) by 1/4 inch (6.4 mm).
  • The chain weighs 40.4 grams.


  • England. Purchased in England.

Period & Hallmarks

  • Late 18th c. /Early 20th c.
  • Marked 15 for 15ct and .625 (gold purity for 15ct).
  • Makers Mark: Hard to read but appears to be R&P.


  • It is in good antique condition. There are signs of wear and use commensurate with age. There are some small surface scratches in general. The links are in solid condition. The dog clip opens closes securely as does the bolt ring. 

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