1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links
1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links

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1900s 10-14k Buttery Gold Watch Chain Necklace with Engraved Bar Links

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General Information:

  • Length: 19.63 inches (19 ⅝”) / 498.602 mm or 49.8602 cm
  • Precious Metal Weight: At least 7.40 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material: Sold to the shop as 10k (marked as such on the spring ring), but tests on our tester a bit over 60% purity which is around 14k
  • Dimensions: Bar links measure between 14.3 mm and 14.7 mm; female end of closure (ring) measures about 7.5 mm interior diameter; male end of closure (spring ring) measures 6.82 mm not including the tongue
  • Weight: A very nice weight of 11.51 grams
  • Markings: 10k marked on the spring ring closure, along with possible other markings which are indiscernible today. Please read more about gold content in the description.
  • Era: Estimated c. 1900
  • Buyer Notes: This chain is a highly sought after rarity, with a design that merges the drama of the Victorian era and the elegance of the Edwardian period. Though once a pocket watch chain, today it exists more relevant than ever, and is a practical length and desirable weight against the chest. Beautifully golden in tonality and boasting sultry swirls throughout, this chain is truly singular and of heirloom quality.

The Story:

A true treasure of the turn of the century, this circa 1900 chain features intricately engraved bar links fabricated in deliciously golden 10-14k yellow gold. This chain was likely originally a pocket watch chain, an ornate, bygone accessory worn and enjoyed by both gentlemen and ladies. This chain is nicely weighted, with a chromality and detailing that sets it apart from the loads of beautiful chains on the market.

This chain was sold to the shop as 10k yellow gold, though our in-house tests place the gold content a bit above 60% (bear in mind that 10k yellow gold contains 41.7% gold and 14k yellow gold 58.3% gold). Its coloration is also significantly butterier than most 10k golds, not rosy in tone but a true gleaming, rich gold. To comprehend the intensity of its brilliance, please reference the photos of it amidst other gold chains.

Just as striking as its color, the bar links showcase circular swirling engravings, the forms of which are abstracted acanthus plants. These cyma-like swirls recall the plant’s graceful unfurling, yet have a billowing geometry that perfectly contrasts the rigidity of the rectangular links. Like all antique jewels, this motif is loaded with symbolism, weaving in a meaningful story for its wearer: cyma swirls represent eternalism, a note on the ebbs and flows of life, which may be unforeseen but can always be influential. These links are of superb make, with top and bottom loops that are built into the design of bars themselves rather than subsequently affixed as jump rings. Small details in construction such as this strengthen its value, and increase its intrigue.

Of note, the necklace may have been cleverly lengthened at some point in its history, as six wire links were added between certain bar links. As well, the very center/base of the necklace (directly opposite of its closure), at the lowest point of the necklace when worn, features a trio of ring links between the bars that is designed to house a pendant or charm if so desired. However, if the wearer prefers not to append an enhancer pendant, these rings seamlessly blend in with the flowing aesthetic of the necklace. On the other hand, the necklace could also be worn with the spring ring in front, and charms affixed to the receiving end of the closure.These characteristics ensure that the chain is super wearable and delightfully versatile.

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