This is a very pleasing vest chain (often incorrectly called a fob chain). The watch would be held by the swivel and placed in a pocket. The swivel has an attractive beveled surface. The double box chain passes to a small ring to which is attached a shorter chain with an attached tassel. This end of the three chains then attaches to a hook which would have gone over a button or through a buttonhole to secure the chain in position. The condition is very good for age. This piece would look very effective attached to your own early watch and would make a nice economical statement for your own re-enactments, as it drapes very nicely. This can be clearly seen in the page from my book which shows it on a bodice and a carte de visite depicting a lady wearing a very similar chain – although this piece could also have been worn by a gentleman. Length from swivel to hook 14.25 ins (36.4cm). Weight 26 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on pages 145 and 148. 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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