This is a simple fob chain for a watch. The watch would have been held in a pocket and the whole item lifted out for viewing. Other styles of fob chain have safety catches. This example has a gilt metal swivel, a very short chain and clip which holds an intricately beaded decorative panel made of steel beads with contrasting black beaded stylized stars. It has no safety clip. At the bottom is a looped fringe of steel beads alternating with the black. This is a genuine fob chain in contrast to the many vest chains that are incorrectly called fobs. The whole effect is very pleasing. It is not known whether this was a commercially made item or created by a skilled home craftsman. The condition is very good for age but there is apparent slight rust effect of the steel and possible loss of a small number of beads at the side. Total length 6.25 ins (15.8cm). Weight 28 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 181.