This is an unusual guard or muff chain as it appears to be constructed of 4mm circular treen beads painted black. It terminates in a gilt-coloured swivel. This would have been appropriate for wear during mourning or as an accent on a gown decorated with black lace. Included with this guard chain is a Civil-War era carte de visite showing a lady wearing a very similar chain with hers also caught at the neckline. This carte de visite was created by M. Guttenberg and the sitter appears to be in mourning (this is an English CDV but similar mourning outfits were worn in many countries). The pictures above illustrate how it would have been originally worn with another method being to make a double loop with a small item attached to the swivel. If a watch had been attached, it would have been tucked into a watch pocket or placed behind a belt. The condition is very good for age. This would be a lovely item to add to your display of a Civil-War era gown or other mourning outfit to give it its appropriate more dressed-up appearance. The carte de visite is in good condition for age with very slight spotting of the background but excellent detail. Please note that any other jewelry shown in the images is not included. Chain without swivel 52 ins (132cm). Weight 34 grams. These item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on pages 108 & 123.
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