This astounding antique watch chain dates from the days of the British Raj and features an extraordinary array of British, Indian and South African ornaments.
First and foremost, the sterling silver chain alone is gorgeous, with a "Lion Passant" die-stamp on every single link. The lion passant is the most commonly used mark to delineate silver of British-make.
It joins with two sterling watch-style clasps, one large and one slightly smaller.
The larger of the two exhibits several die-stamped marks, the first of which reads "L.P".
The other marks include a "Lion Passant" and a date mark, "f", indicating that the piece was manufactured in 1905.
Both watch clasps are attached to a brass watch-winding key.
There are three coins suspended at the bottom of the chain, two of which are British "Jubilee" threepence featuring the left-facing profile of Queen Victoria.
One was struck in 1889, and the other in 1870, though both are made of sterling silver.
One of the coins is worn to a smooth finish on non-face side and features the word "Father" in hand-engraved script.
The other more unusual coin is a sixpence "ZAR" Kruger.
The Kruger is the national currency of South Africa and is named for Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger (Paul, for short), State President of the South African Republic from 1883 to 1900.
The Kruger features Paul Kruger's left-facing profile on one side and a leafy-laurel surrounding a large "6" on the opposite side. This coin was struck in 1896 and is made of sterling silver.
As you can see, the medal is a truly beautiful example. It is made of sterling silver and features an etched and pierced frame surrounding a circular rose-gold cartouche in the center.
Stamped marks on the reverse of the medal read "RD.679785", "Sterling", and "RAJ & S" (for British silversmith Robert Arthur Jones).
Finally, an Eastern-Indian pendant with snake chain tassels gives the chain a distinctly exotic look. This is the only pendant not rendered in sterling silver.
The piece has been thoroughly professionally tested to ensure the purity of the silver.
This incredible antique watch chain is a thrilling homage to a bygone era of adventure and conquest, as well as being a dazzling example of masterful craftsmanship.
Though it exhibits some light patination and a few equally light flea-bite scratches, the chain and accompanying ornaments remain in very good antique condition.
This piece is really just remarkable. Not only is it of the utmost quality, it has incredible appeal. We know it had its utility, but, now it is just art.
This will make a wonderful addition to any antique collector of watch fob chains and charms.
Measurements: Chain is 15" long (Large links are 24mm long and 5mm wide, Small links are 7mm long and 5 1/2mm wide), Threepence coins are 16 1/2mm in diameter, Sixpence "Kruger" is 19mm in diameter, Medal is 30mm tall and 23mm wide, "Tassel" pendant is 35mm long and 7 1/2mm wide Weight: 39.3 grams (1.39 oz)