A wonderful antique chain. This chain is magnificently long, each rounded solid link is worked with a star pattern and etched so that it has a mat finish.
It is in good condition for its age- circa 1840. English in origin, it is made from Pinchbeck, a material made from a mixture of alloys of copper and zinc, invented by watchmaker Christopher Pinchbeck, it was widely used as a less expensive way to make jewellery and other objects from 1780-1860 in the UK.
This chain would have been worn by a Georgian woman to hang her fur hand warmer on, or her chatelaine which was the Georgian equivalent of a set of keys and useful items.
It is a heavy and extremely long chain, that could be worn doubled or tripled for different look. It looks fab worn all one length on a black dress.
The clasp is ornamental, does not open or close, it is a clasped hand with a turquoise bracelet on its wrist, typically Georgian in style.
The chain has not been plated, merely polished, it has kept its colour although tarnished slightly, it is still a rich yellow gold shade.
This is wearable history in a jewel! Keep it and marvel at its durability and at what stories it could tell! Or, give it to a loved one, and enjoy their delight!
The chain is very long; 120 cms.