This is a particularly impressive gold guard chain which consists of engraved elongated larger links and finer decorative oval lengths between. The swivel at the end is of the earlier attractive style which has a screw-up shank allowing the two halves of the swivel to then open on a hinge so that an appendage can then be added. Once closed, it can be firmly screwed down again. This is a style typical of an earlier date and shows quality workmanship in its construction. It is a full length guard chain having a total length of chain of 54 inches and it does not appear to have ever had a slide. It is special that such an original guard chain has survived without being split up to make two or possibly three necklaces. Originally it would have most likely held a watch and would have been draped over the front of the bodice and looped up with the watch placed in a watch pocket on the bodice or the top of the skirt, or possibly the watch placed behind the belt. Some examples like this could also have been attached to a brooch with a watch hook. The chain tests as 14 carat and the swivel tests as 9 carat. The whole piece is in excellent condition and would be a lovely piece of jewellery to own and wear. Length of chain is 54 ins (137.1cm). Weight 50 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 99.
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