Vest or fob watches were worn in a variety of ways. One later style was to wear the watch in the left upper coat pocket rather than in a vest pocket. This style of wearing was called a coat chain, and this is illustrated in the included photograph. The button component of the chain was placed through the lapel buttonhole with the chain passing directly to the upper coat pocket so that the watch could be lifted out for viewing but held securely to the garment. This example of a coat chain is of silver or silvertone and has interesting textured links and a textured button. Included is a cabinet card featuring a handsome young man wearing a striped tie. There is a plain, flat disc attached to his lapel from which a chain behind the lapel hangs to his coat pocket. This confirms the use of this style of chain and the placement of the watch in the left upper pocket of the coat rather than in the vest. Another similar coat chain with an advertisement proving the name is also available on this site. Photographer of cabinet card R.W. Ryan, Bracebridge, Ont. The condition of the photograph and chain is very good for age. This item would be an interesting addition to a collection of gentleman’s 19th century watches and could even be worn as a stylish fashion statement if desired. Chain measures 8.5 ins (21.5cm). Photograph measures Width 3.75 ins x height 5.5ins. (10cm x 14cm). Overall mounted size 6ins x 9 ins. (15.5cm x 23.5cm). Combined weight 76 grams. These items can be seen in my book, "How the Watch was Worn - A Fashion for 500 Years", on page 176.
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