This beautiful watch chain dates from the Regency period, having the early screw-up style swivel and no T-bar. There are two decorative slides and three finely plaited chains. The slides move easily and stay in position. The bolt ring and swivel test as 18 carat gold and the chain as 14 carat. The condition of the piece is excellent for age although the swivel is a little tight for opening and closing, but when closed, it is secure. This piece presents itself the most beautifully when draped across the body attached to watch hooks (as would have been done in the Regency period) and this style can be seen in the last image in our series. The bolt ring is large enough that it could be secured at a buttonhole close to the edge of a garment with the watch attached to the swivel in a vest pocket. It would also look fantastic with the date-correct watch at one end on the swivel and a collection of watch keys and seals on the bolt ring. Maximum length 12.25 ins (31.2cm). Weight 26 grams.
This item appears in my book, ‘How the Watch was Worn, a Fashion for 500 Years” on page 48.
Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA and signature on delivery would be $22.00. This item is covered by own insurance policy.
Stunning Gold Watch Chain with Two Slides, Early Swivel & Bolt Ring, Jane Austen-era
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