Circa 1915 rose gold-filled Simmons watch fob chain features a geometric “weave” of oblong links in two lengths. A chased clip with patented latching mechanism secures it to the waistband or vest pocket, and a seal with (unused) engravable surface dangles from the end.
The back of the clip is stamped with a patent date of December 8, 1903, and the swivel hook on the watch chain is marked “Simmons”.
The fob chain measures 4 5/8” long and is a touch over ½” wide across the middle; watch chain is 5” long. Condition is very good to excellent, with minor wear to the metal finish.
Founded in the 1870s, the R.F.Simmons Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts was best known in the early 20th century for its watch chains—gold-filled, moderately priced and of fine enough quality and workmanship that they were warranted for life.
A 1904 ad explained that “Half the gold in an all gold watch chain is buried--serves no practical use--adds nothing to the chain except extra cost. Simmons watch chains are gold filled, but outwardly they are identically the same as the all gold ones.” And a 1919 ad asserted proudly that: “"Simmons chains are...gold filled--not gold 'plated' or gold 'washed'. The exterior is a heavy seamless tube of solid gold. That is why Simmons Chains, though moderate in price, have unsurpassed wear-resisting qualities."
This striking example--an intriguing blend of Art Nouveau (the seal) and Art Deco (the “woven” links) design elements—does indeed live up to the company’s claim of longevity: condition is very good to excellent, with only minor wear to the metal finish.
Please see photo #8 for a 1915 Simmons ads showing a fob chain nearly identical to the one being offered here.
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