- Length: 42 inches (106.68 cm/1066.8 mm)
- Precious Metal Weight: About 4.20 dwt
- Precious Metal Material: 14k yellow gold with very rich, highly desirable patina
- Dimensions: This chain is an "infinity" style loop wherein both ends are affixed to the dog clip, so there is no true clasp which may be unfastened for the chain to lie flat. This chain is quite long and is considered Rope Length. It may be comfortably double-looped around the neck or slipped over the head for long, natural waist-length wear. Its interwoven links measure 1.35 mm square, as the chain is a three dimensional box shape. The dog clip is not a swivel clip, and measures 15.40 mm long, with interior dimensions of approximately 4.75 x 4.40 mm.
- Weight: 6.53 grams
- Markings: The chain is unmarked, while the dog clip is stamped with a 10K purity mark on its interior.
- Era: This chain is believed to date to sometime between the 1870s and about 1900. It could very well be that it is slightly earlier, though it is very likely not any later.
- Buyer Notes: This chain is wonderfully imperfect, showing up to a century and a half of loving wear and affectionate use. Kindly keep in mind that some links may do well to have reinforcement by your preferred, trusted jeweler post-purchase if you intend to adorn the chain with heavier charms or pendants. As is true of all antique pieces, please enjoy with discretion!
Believed to be of late Victorian make dating to circa 1870-1900, this chain is an ultra desirable length and exists as a stunning example of handcrafted goldwork of the late 19th century. Its fabrication is luxurious, as every single link was modeled, formed and woven into the next by the masterful hand of its original metalsmith.
This chain is known as a long guard chain or muff chain by collectors. When it was created up to 150 years ago, it was designed specifically as a ladies' neck chain intended to hold either a dainty pocket watch or seal fobs, practical objects such as a button hook or belt fastener, retractable pencil or miniature etui, possibly a pair of folding lorgnette spectacles, or of course, a muff.
Such chains have roots primarily in the 18th century, and reached peak popularity by the Victorian period. During this time, it was most fashionable to wear lengthy chains doubled or tripled around the neck, and to use slides and clips to adjust the length to achieve the wearer's desired aesthetic and complement her gown. Rather than worn as a sole statement piece, women very often wore chains in the company of brooches, rings, bracelets and earrings.
This antique chain is complete with a 10k gold dog clip terminal, onto which both chain ends are fixed. The tiny hinge that gives the dog clip its open/close function still works well, though is not as taut as it once was. With the help of gravity and the angle (loop-side down) that it is worn, it absolutely still holds fobs and charms. These notes are mentioned for transparency, and are not at all unusual for chains and findings of this sort.
This stunning chain's coloring is notably rich and buttery yellow gold, beautifully enhanced by a time-earned natural patina-- a most desirable trait to antique gold purveyors. While it is in wearable condition, prospective buyers are accepting the chain's imperfections as charming attributes to its character. It bears kinks and twists here and there, which indicate that, at some point in its long history, this necklace was kept looped or piled within a jewelry box and rarely worn. When on the neck and especially when bedecked with a pendant of some weight, the kinks are pulled out somewhat, though not entirely. The pricing is set to properly reflect these idiosyncrasies.
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