A beautiful and versatile Victorian 54" long guard chain necklace in antique 9ct rose rolled gold with fabulous fancy links.
Sets of 3 lovers knot links are joined together by long bar/ paper clip links which gives this chain a bit of pizazz and sets it apart from the crowd. The chain has a link on it that says "Acme" which we think is an old Victorian trademark used on rolled gold/gold filled jewellery.
We did think this chain was solid gold until we tested, there is no sign of any wearing away of the gold overlay, so it is very good quality. The Victorian dog-clip at the end actually tests as solid 9ct gold so it might be an old replacement.
Antique rolled gold/gold fill is a mechanically bonded sleeve of solid gold over a harder metal core, often sterling silver so it can withstand plenty of wear without loss to the gold overlay, unlike modern gold plating which is basically a gold wash.
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/gold filled, 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: link stamped 'ACME', the dog-clip isn't hallmarked
WEIGHT: 23.7 grams.
DATE: circa 1880, Victorian
CONDITION: In very good antique condition with slight age related tarnishing as expected, we can't see any wearing away of the gold overlay and there are no broken links, the clip is in good order and works as it should, please see the photos. Also please note that the fob shown is available for purchase separately.
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