Antique: Sterling Silver, Double Albert Watch Chain and Vesta Case
Although this sterling silver, double Albert Watch Chain is over 100 years old, it has a very modern feel. It is a great antique piece from 1911, the shoulder period just after the end of King Edward's reign. We have paired it with an antique, sterling silver vesta case from the same period.
It is an exceptional watch chain that is substantial enough to be worn on its own. It can be also be layered with other silver, white gold or platinum chains of varying patterns and lengths to add a bit of Rocker Chic to any of your looks.
This particular piece has oval links rather than the typical curb link version. It is hallmarked and has a hallmarked T-bar and dog clips.
The vesta case (hallmarked 1910) is covered with swirling, hand-engraved foliage and has a blank cartouche ready for your initials. If you'd like to purchase either piece separately, please email for pricing.
Today, more and more women are wearing watch chains as necklaces and bracelets. It seems that this practice is not new. When they went off to the First World War, soldiers would leave their pocket watches (and chains) behind for their girlfriends and wives to keep safe. Many would wear them around their necks not only to keep them safe, but also as an expression of love.
Dimensions & Details
- The length of the chain (not including the fob drop) is 16.5 inches/41.9 cm. The length of the fob drop portion of the chain is an additional xx.
- The links measure 12 mm x 7 mm.
- The vesta case measures 42.3 mm/1.65 inches by 33.4 mm x 1.3 inches.
Period & Hallmarks
- Just after the Edwardian Period.
- City mark: chain, London/vesta, Birmingham.
- Date letter: chain, 1911/vesta, 1910.
- The links on the chain and the vesta are marked with a Lion Passant (English Sterling Silver).
- Maker's mark: chain, H.A.&S./vesta W.H.H.
- Both items are in very good antique condition with some small surface scratches and wear that you would expect from an antique piece. The vesta case closes securely.
If you are interested in reading more about the jewelry terms or decorative periods referenced throughout the site, visit our Resources section for additional information.
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