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.*
Just look at this beautiful Albertine watch chain with bright blue enameling and floral motifs on the slide and tassel elements! The tassel element has obvious wear, which shows that this piece was well-loved and utilized. It is a wonderful window into the past, and so fun to know that a Victorian gentleman went about his business with such a pretty chain to hold his pocket watch! Seize this chance to hold yesterday in your hands, and become the next person to cherish this delightful treasure!
* Source: https://www.acsilver.co.uk/shop/pc/Albert-Watch-Chain-History-d262.htm
Weight: 47.6 grams
Materials: Silver, enamel
Condition: Very good antique condition, considerable enamel wear on the tassel element and minor wear to the other enamel elements.