RARE Victorian Train or Veil Holder - 14K Red Gold
We so rarely found anymore, these were worn by the brides of privilege in the middle through third quarter of the 19th century and are perfect to hand down. A little different from the better known 'mourning' handkerchief holders we see in Victorian Costume books, the bridal holders are a little bit longer and stronger - and stylistically, they bear no black enamel tracery.
Not intended to hold a heavy dress such as velvet, these work best on lace, silk or tulle wedding trains or veils. The small slide moves down the shaft to allow the "clamp" to open & grasp the hem of the gown holding it in place. Moving it back to the top secures the clamp to the hem. The symbolic 14K yellow gold ring at the end of the chain is worn on the finger so the bride is holding the hem of her train off the floor.
The piece measures 5" end to end and the clamp itself is just a tad off 2". It is deeply engraved on both sides. The gold ring is simple and unadorned. It is now a size 5, but we can custom size it to suit.
CONDITION: Excellent antique condition with no bends or damage to note. Weight by scale: 4.5 grams (with the existing ring size.) Markings: 14K (and confirmed by acid test.) Contrary to some of the photographs, this piece is red (not yellow) gold. Origin is unknown. Victorian, 1850-1880.
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These are coveted by serious Victorian Collectors, but can you think of a more special gift to the bride than this so-rare and beautiful piece?
Item ID: R3399
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