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 proven by the included advertisement. 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 particular coat chain is of 9-10 carat gold and consists of a small disc which is monogrammed and has an attractive engraved border. This then is attached to the chain which is slender with three longer bars within the chain. At the end is a swivel for attachment of the watch. The advertisement was for the Reliable Chain Co. of Massachusetts and Attleboro, and includes this style of chain plus a guard chain, a locket fob and two bracelets. This particular company had incorporated a locket within the disc or slide components of their items but the label for the coat chain calling it such proves the point of the name. In the images is another coat chain accompanied by an original photograph of a gentleman wearing an actual example, and this item is currently available on my site. The condition of the advertisement is excellent for age. The coat chain itself is in very good condition although the chain does have one small repair which can be seen in the images. There has been controversy as to the names and the styles of various chains for watch wearing – it is always satisfying to find the proof of the correct name for a particular style of chain. This item would considerably add to a collection of gentleman’s watch chains and attached to an equivalent age watch, could be worn as a stylish accessory if desired. Maximum length 9 ins. (22cm), diameter of button 0.6 ins. (1.4cm). Combined weight 14 grams. These items appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on pages 116-117. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $26.25 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
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