The main use of the watch chain was to simply ensure the security of the pocket watch. The pocket watch emerged in the 17th Century and the style grew in popularity when Charles II popularized the waistcoat in 1675. By the Victorian Era, most men sported these decorative yet practical contraptions.
This Antique Victorian Era 9 karat gold watch chain has a curb link, and two dog clips to secure to one's pocket watch. Each link is stamped with the 9 karat mark, and one dog clip is marked with the S. Brothers stamp, dating it to circa 1892-1894, It also has a medallion, possibly a later addition according to the Makers mark, inscribed with the initials AM, and a shield motif on each side. This is a wonderful watch chain, with a lavish, buttery texture and a satisfying heft. It's so easy to envision the gentleman who wore it checking the time at frequent intervals just to have the pleasure of holding it in his hand!
Today, watch chains are not reserved for their original use. We love to link them together to create a fantastically unique necklace, or doubled to create a bracelet!
Dimensions: 15" Long
Weight: 51.5 grams
Materials: 9K yellow gold
Marks: Medallion-Makers mark: T.N & S (T. Nightingale & Son, of Tenby Street in Birmingham) Hallmarks: 9, 375 (9K gold), Birmingham Anchor, p (1914). Dog clip 1: 9 375, S BROS (possibly earlier than the medallion), Dog clip 2: 9CT
Condition: Very good antique condition
NOTE: Hard stone fob pictured is not included with watch chain, but can be purchased separately.