Very rare and sought after Georgian gold hand fist and repousse slide guard chain C. early 1800’s.
These chains were used as guard chains for lorgnettes, watches,
or simply for hanging valuable pendants.
What makes this chain very special is the end
crafted as a hand fist with a nice cuff holding an old style dog clip clasp.
The hand fist crafted very realistically and has front and back.
It is holding an upside down stirrup shape swivel.
The clasp has its own spin swivel.
The latch turns open on a hinge and locks close with a threaded nut.
The hand and the clasp together are 38 mm (1 1/2") long, 12 mm (7/16”) wide,
while the hand with the stirrup swivel is approx. 21 mm long.
Beautifully engraved double sided repousse slide is 17 mm X 11 mm.
The guard chain is 28" drop, or 56” long.
There is no hallmarks, tested 14K gold.
Total weight is 25.3 grams.
Very good antique condition commensurate with age.
The chain is very flexible which makes it twist and tangle easily.
The slide moves freely on the chain.
Antique jewelry box shown for display only.
Antique Georgian 14K Gold Hand Fist Guard Chain C. 1800s