One style of vest chain was called a Queen chain. This would consist of the swivel for a watch, the chain and a series of attached chains for various trinkets of choice. These did not include a security attachment and ultimately were not considered as safe as the Victoria chain which incorporated a T-bar (one of the photos shows drawings of such chains and their names). This particular example is in 15 carat gold. The swivel is attractively beveled. The flexible chain passes to a decorative section which consists of pierced work on two sides and a hollow centre. This then attaches to three further, shorter chains. One chain goes to a delightful engraved seal with a probable amethyst. Another goes to a small oval locket, again with engraving. The glass-covered section of the locket is rimmed with hair but there is no central image. The most intricate of the three pieces is a fold-out magnifying glass which has quite powerful magnification ability, although there are some marks possibly within the glass. Its outer case is also beautifully engraved. The overall condition is excellent for age and this would look beautiful with a small period gold watch on the swivel, and make a lovely display amongst your collection. It is unusual to find pieces such as this still with their original trinkets or breloques. Maximum length 8 ins (20.2cm). Weight 14 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 136.
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