A Victorian novelty watch chain. Made of sterling silver. Composed of an articulated cylinder link chain decorated with engraved gilt knops and terminating in a 9ct gold clip and an gauntlet holding a shepherd's crook shaped hook. Circa 1850. Measurements, length ( from end of shepherd's hook clasp to end of clip ) 13 1/8" ( 33.2 cm ). Width of cylinder link chain ( just under ) 3/16" ( 4 mm ). Dimensions of gauntlet, length 5/8" ( 1.6 cm ), width 5/16" ( 8 mm ). Weight ( approximately 22.4 g ). Condition, Good. Two parts of the chain have been repaired with solder at the third and sixth links respectively from the gauntlet end of the chain. These are old repairs ( probably 19th century ) and do not effect the chain's flexibility. The silver has been acid tested as sterling silver. An interesting Victorian novelty watch chain influenced by the period's interest in medievalism and taste for chivalry epitomized by the novels of Sir Walter Scott and events such as the Eglington Tournament of 1839.
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