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.
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. All of the marks match which leads up to believe they are original to the chain.
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 2 inches.
- The links measure 12 mm x 7 mm.
Period & Hallmarks
- Just after the Edwardian Period.
- Hallmarked for London, 1911.
- Each of the links on the chain are marked with a Lion Passant (English Sterling Silver).
- Maker's mark on the T-bar and both of the dog clips: H.A.&S.
- The chain is in very good antique condition with some small surface scratches and wear that you would expect from an antique piece.
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