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Antique Victorian Jet 60" Long Guard Chain Necklace
Antique Victorian Jet 60" Long Guard Chain Necklace
Antique Victorian Jet 60" Long Guard Chain Necklace
Antique Victorian Jet 60" Long Guard Chain Necklace
Antique Victorian Jet 60" Long Guard Chain Necklace
Antique Victorian Jet 60" Long Guard Chain Necklace
Antique Victorian Jet 60" Long Guard Chain Necklace
Antique Victorian Jet 60" Long Guard Chain Necklace
Antique Victorian Jet 60" Long Guard Chain Necklace
Antique Victorian Jet 60" Long Guard Chain Necklace

Antique Victorian Jet 60" Long Guard Chain Necklace

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At a full five feet long this beautiful and versatile this antique black Vauxhall glass (known as French jet in France) long guard chain necklace would have been worn as mourning jewelry during Victorian times.

The necklace is composed of small faceted round beads accented in the center with 2 long torpedo beads flanked by a pair of oval "bloomed" glass beads. This is continuous necklace, it is hand knotted between each bead and terminates in a in a large silver swivel clip that is stamped 'SS' for sterling silver.

The presence of the bloomed beads, where the glass has a matte finish, as opposed to a polished finish hints that the original owner may have worn them just as she was leaving the deep mourning stage when shiny jewellery was considered immoral, such strict etiquette!

In Victorian times these versatile guard chain necklaces were either worn as a single strand around the neck and tucked under the belt with a muff, lorgnette or pocket watch attached or doubled/tripled for wear as short multi strand necklaces, often with lockets or pendants attached. They are just as versatile today, a timeless classic, please note the pendant is not included.

DIMENSIONS
Total length 60" (152cm), measures 30-1/2" down each side with the clip measuring 30x9mm
Beads: small faceted 5mm, torpedo 35x10mm, oval bloomed 10x6mm
Weight: 41 grams
Date: circa 1870

CONDITION: The necklace is very good antique condition with expected signs of age and wear but nothing detrimental. Irregularities and occasional slight chipping to some of the beads as you would expect to see with handmade antique glass but no shattering. Please refer to photos. The clip is in perfect working order and is a generous size that will attach to most pendants. Lovely quality the necklace drapes well with no kinking. This necklace has withstood the test of time for 150 years and is destined to last many more moons to come.