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Georgian Pinchbeck Chain Zoom

Georgian Pinchbeck Chain

Item Number: 23
Pinchbeck English Chain Dated Circa 1840
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!

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