This impressive heavy duty Scottish antique silver pocket watch chain has an unusual enamelled silver 1918 fob decorated with the Glasgow city coat of arms along with the motto 'Let Glasgow Flourish'
The heavy duty chain features both trombone and oval links. Known as a fetter, or sometimes a snaffle or fancy link pocket watch chain, it's a welcome variation from the typical curb chains of the period. Almost every link is stamped with a lion passant for sterling silver, always a sign of a good quality chain, and it has the requisite T-bar and large dog-clip at either end.
The fob is beautifully decorative too, it is beautifully engraved and has an enamelled Glasgow coat of arms in the center and with a pair of wings accenting the top. The back is engraved "Billiard Tournament 1918 J. Mc C"
A fabulous silver accent accessory for the gents at a Scottish themed wedding it can also be wrapped around the wrist and worn by the ladies as a chunky statement bracelet.
MATERIALS: sterling silver throughout
MEASUREMENTS: The chain measures 14-1/2" (37cm) from the T-bar to the end clip (laid flat it measures 17-1/2" end to end). The drop measures roughly 5" (13cm) from the T-bar to the bottom of the fob. The fob is 1-5/8" (4.2cm) tall and 1" (3cm) wide.
WEIGHT: 53.6 grams
HALLMARKS: 'lion passant', makers mark "CDB" throughout chain, T-bar stamped 'RP' & 'SS', clip stamped '925'. Fob stamped 'lion passant', 'anchor' for Birmingham, date letter 'S' for 1917 and makers mark ' WA'
DATE: 1917, Edwardian
CONDITION: Good antique condition with expected signs of plenty of use, please see photos. There is moderate wear to the chain links where they join each other and some of the oval links and components have likely been replaced over the years, a practice fairly typical in these pocket watch chains that have had practical use as well as being decorative. The enamelling on the fob is still vibrant with minimal, if any loss.
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