Antique: French Silver Long Guard Chain


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This is an Antique French Long chain, also called a Guard Chain. At 58 inches in can be worn multiple ways: as a single, double or even tripled (as pictured). It has an unusual link pattern: trombone link in multiple patterns interspersed with smaller rounds. It can be worn by itself, or with your favorite pendant/locket/fob medals etc. via the bolt ring that is part of the chain. We are showing it with a heart shaped Vinaigrette.

Dimensions & Details: Antique Silver Guard Chain

  • The chain is sterling silver and 58 inches in length. It can be doubled or tripled.
  • The larger links are .8 inches. length by .1 inches in width.


  • Thought to be French.

Period & Hallmarks

  • Late 19th c./early 20th c.
  • Possibly french boar's head on ring above bolt ring, too worn to clearly discern.


  • The chain is in good antique condition. A few links have minor bends.

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