This sterling silver watch chain/necklace circa 1910 is called an Albert, named after Queen Victoria' beloved husband. They were the rage at the turn of the 19th century and worn by dapper men sporting watches in a vest pocket and a decorative fob dangling by chain link. The a cross bar would fit to fit through the button holes of vests.
Today, they are enjoyed by women, both young and old, as they are the perfect casual unique necklace. This lovely chain has long links joined by decorative connecting links. It measures 16 3/4 inches long and opens and closes with a secure/ original dog clasp closure. The long links measure 1 1/8th inches long X 3/8ths wide.
The chain is hallmarked on every link/T-bar as well as the fob. The chain has the date letter" b" for 1908, a lion passant for silver, and an arrow pointing down for Birmingham. It has the letters H.B for the company of manufacture.
It has a beautiful two sided fob that is 9 karat gold with different silver motifs on each side. It has a central heart formation of a padlock which is in a lovely rose- colored gold. Most two colored fobs are in silver with a rose gold vermeil(gold wash) and this is marked 9 karat gold which is more unusual. It too has a full set of hallmarks dating it to 1901. It also has a series of registration numbers.
The chain and fob weigh 62.1 grams
The condition is excellent. The center rose gold heart has very faint scrolled initials. The heart has signs of wear commensurate with age.
This is a beautiful chain so relevant to today's fashion.
England, circa 1910
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