A beautiful and versatile antique 9ct rolled gold guard chain with fabulous fancy links that terminates in a solid 9ct gold dog-clip.
The gold is a subtle rose gold colour, a lovely shade that is characteristic of old gold. The chain is comprised of sets of 3 lovers knot links that are joined together by long paper clip links which results in a strong and very stylish chain. The chain has a link at the end that is stamped "Acme" which we think might be a defunct Victorian rolled gold trademark, we have seen other antique chains with this mark.
Antique rolled gold (called gold fill in the USA) is a mechanically bonded sleeve of thick solid gold over a harder metal core, it has the look and feel of solid gold jewellery without the very high cost. It is durable and can withstand plenty of wear without loss to the gold overlay (unlike modern gold plating which is basically a gold wash). We did think this chain was solid gold until we acid tested it because there is no sign of loss to the gold overlay. The dog-clip does test as solid 9ct gold.
A wonderful antique chain, add a locket or a pendant or not, it has interest whether worn long or doubled. During the Georgian and Victorian eras these versatile chains were one of several jewels worn at the same time. They were used to attach and keep close at hand all manner of things like pocket watches, spectacles and muffs. They are still as stylish and eminently wearable today!
MATERIALS: chain 9ct rolled gold, dog-clip solid 9ct gold, acid tested
MEASUREMENTS: Measures 54" (136cm) in total length (27" (68cm) down each side), width 3mm, dog-clip 22x8mm, bar links 11mm long
HALLMARKS: chain link stamped 'ACME', the dog-clip isn't marked
WEIGHT: 23.7 grams
DATE: circa 1900, Victorian
CONDITION: the chain is in excellent antique condition with slight age related tarnishing as expected, it is free flowing with no broken links and the clip is in good order and works as it should, please see the photos. Also, please note that the fob shown on the photo is available for purchase separately.
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