Albert chains are named after a style of watch chain Prince Albert wore during the Victorian period. Traditionally an Albert chain has a "T-bar"on one end used to affix the chain to a vest button-hole and the opposite end of the chain is fitted with a swivel hook to attach watch or a fob.
Today Albert chains are often converted into gorgeous bracelets or worn as necklaces, as you see here.
This beautiful Albert chain is a genuine antique, circa 1900, and was crafted in the English town of Birmingham and is 16" long and 6mm wide. It has beautiful chunky, rounded links, two swivelling clasps (or "dog clips") and a heavy T-bar- all of which match each other perfectly.
It measures approximately 16" or 41cm, so is best suited to a petite frame, although antique lovers will know that 2 or even 3 of these necklaces can easily be joined together to create a much longer chain!
A lovely feature of this chain is that almost every single link has been individually hallmarked "375" for 9ct English Gold- which is just testament to the care and craftsmanship that went into the item.
A great piece of history with a robust, quality feel to it that you can wear & enjoy today. Wear it as is or personalize by attaching charms and pendants.
ERA: Early 20th Century c.1900
MEASUREMENTS: The chain is 41cm or 16" long x 6mm wide.
The t-bar hangs 25mm from the chain and is 32mm long x 2.5mm wide.
MATERIALS: 9ct Yellow Gold
HALLMARKS: Maker's Mark "B&S", "9", ".375", Birmingham Assay.
EXCELLENT: This fine 9ct Gold antique Albert chain necklace is in excellent, robust condition throughout and will easily last another 100 years! The links are chunky and robust and haven't been bent or warped out of shape. There is a little wear to the bottom of the dog clips where they've moved around next to the chain for many years, but it's still thick and strong enough for daily wear so you can enjoy this fabulous antique chain for many moons to come.