This is a fine dark blonde woven hair vest chain with 15 carat gold mounts. The pattern of the hair weaving is complex and fine and the mounts are decorative, one with a T-bar and the other with a swivel. The T-bar would have been passed through a buttonhole to secure the chain and the swivel would have been attached to a watch held in a vest or watch pocket or behind a belt. Such items were worn by both men and women. As can be seen in the images, there is some flyaway hair ends visible but these could be trimmed and in general the weaving is in very good condition. The swivel closes adequately. This is a very lovely example of a hair chain that could have been of sentimental nature (apparently in some cultures given as a love token from a bride to her groom), or possibly a mourning piece from the hair of a loved one. Maximum length 11 ins (28cm). Weight 10 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 143.
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