Albert watch chains are named after Prince Albert (1819-1861), who was consort to Queen Victoria (1837-1901). This style of single watch chain has a bar on one end, used to slot into a button hole of a waistcoat. The other end of the chain has a small swivel clasp that attaches to a pocket watch. The swivel clasp allows the wearer to rotate the watch and keep the chain from twisting. In addition to the chain that links the clasp and the T-bar, there is another, smaller, chain that serves as a decorative drop, whereupon a fob, fraternity, lodge symbols, charm,or locket would hang. The smaller drop chain varies in length depending on the Albert chains, and can be connected at different points on the main chain.*
This immaculate Albertine watch chain has beautiful cobalt blue enameling with a cheery floral motif on the slide and tassel elements. We can just picture the famous dandy, Beau Brummell, hooking his watch onto the dog clip, and sauntering off to his club for a game of whist after a turn about Hyde Park!
* Source: https://www.acsilver.co.uk/shop/pc/Albert-Watch-Chain-History-d262.htm
Weight: 47.6 grams
Materials: Silver, enamel
Condition: Excellent antique condition