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Antique guard chains were originally designed for a woman to wear around her neck with her fob watch attached and muff chains followed the same principle and were designed to attach to the woolen hand warming muff, and here is a fantastic example of an antique 18 carat gold guard chain that was hand made in France in the late 1800's. Measuring 155cm in length, the time needed to hand make this piece would have been immense and the detail in each link is so beautiful and a true testament to the quality and craftsmanship of a bygone era. With the beautiful rich colour from the 18 carat gold and the ability to wear this chain either full length or doubled over, and you have a very versatile chain that will no doubt be admired from near or far. With its original swivel clip to hand a multitude of items such as a fob watch or a locket, this is one of the most beautiful genuine antique guard chains that you will ever see. Stock# ES8615 Circa: 1890 $8,300
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Measuring 138cm in length, this wonderful antique guard chain with a charming pearl set slide can be worn in so many different ways to complete any outfit however one chooses. Designed to hold a ladies pocket watch in the lapel, today you can still so easily put a ladies pocket watch on the end, as well as such items as a locket, seal or swivel, or anything to the hearts content, or simply leave it alone to connect to the chain to alter its length. Made in 9 carat rose gold, the colour of the gold has that wonderful warm tone to it which is so sought after today as it does not have that very harsh pink-coppery colour often seen in modem rose gold jewellery today. Fitted with a gorgeous slide that measures 7mm wide by 10mm, it not only has such a charming design to it, but it is also set with twelve seed pearls. Able to be moved along the chain, this allows it to be worn with the one part longer or shorter than the other depending on the outfit and occasion that it is being worn. Made in the Victorian era of the 1880's, this is a wonderful example of an antique necklace that can be worn so many different ways. Stock# ES7441 Circa: 1880 $3,300
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Guard chains were originally designed for a woman to wear around her neck with her fob watch attached and muff chains followed the same principle and were designed to attach to the woolen muff, and here is a very beautiful and very versatile antique 14ct guard chain with pearl and diamond slide. Made in the 1890's, this incredible piece measures 142cm in length and just looking at the chain for the moment, it is the most wonderful design that feels so tactile as you pull it through your fingers. Made in 14 carat gold, it has a lovely rich yellow colour to it and is fitted with a swivel clip at the end. Traditionally this would have been used for attaching it to a pocket watch which can still be easily done today, or even such things as an antique seal, locket or anything your heart desires. Easily able to be wrapped twice around the neck, with the addition of the slide, this will make it even more versatile and able to be worn in a multitudes of ways that will always catch the eye. Then there is the magnificent slide attached. Many of these slides are no longer attached or quite small or simple, yet this one is astonishing. Set with nine seed pearls and three diamonds, there is also a foxtail link tassel set on each side. The design on the front is just amazing and able to be slid up and down the chain and then turning the slide over shows a beautifully hand engraved back which shows the level of attention to detail that the jeweller went to in making this all those years ago. No matter how you choose to wear this piece, it will certainly get the attention that it rightly deserves. Stock# ES8284 Circa: 1890 $9,600
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Guard of muff chains were used to hold the ladies fob watch securely or to attach to a woollen muff or hand warmer, and here is a very versatile antique sterling silver guard chain measuring 123cm in length. Easy able to be worn doubled around the neck, the elegant belcher link of the chain is so comfortable and smooth to the touch and slides through the fingers so gracefully. With a swivel connected to the chain, it will be so easy to attach a multitude of pieces on there such as a fob watch, locket or anything else the heart desires. This lovely antique guard chain is in wonderful condition and will have you finding so many different ways in which to wear it. Stock# ES7845 Circa: 1890 $Sold.
Very popular in the Victorian times, guard or muff chains were used to hold the ladies fob watch securely or to attach to a woollen muff or hand warmer, and here is a very beautiful antique rose gold fancy guard chain measuring 154cm in length. Made in 9ct rose gold, the colour alone of the gold has that delightful warm tone to it that is often missing in modern rose gold. Whereas modern rose gold is often very pink and coppery in colour, this antique guard chain has such a beautiful warm colour that will always be admired. With a swivel at one section to attach whatever the heart desires, the length will easily allow it to be doubled over and worn at different lengths. The chain design is so tactile to run through your fingers, and then there are the twelve additional fancy sections that add such an attractive element to this chain. Still in superb condition well over a century later, and with a gorgeous colour of gold combined with such a beautiful design of links, this antique guard chain is one that is so versatile in how it can be worn. Stock# ES7173 Circa: 1890 $4,850
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Popular in the Victorian times, guard or muff chains were used to hold the ladies fob watch securely or to attach to a woollen muff or hand warmer, and here is a very elegant antique Victorian era rose gold guard chain measuring 130cm in length. The links are facetted belcher links, which as they have angled edges, is much more attractive than the modern round belcher link and having this feature, manages to capture the light so well. Easily able to be wrapped double around the neck or left long, antique guard chains are as versatile as they are beautiful. Made in 9ct rose gold, the colour has that lovely soft warm colour that is so sought after today and looks so good no matter what colour outfit it is worn with. Fitted with its original swivel, this lovely antique guard chain is as beautiful as it is versatile. Circa: 1890 Stock# T339 $Sold.
Guard chains were made and designed for women to wear around her neck with her fob watch attached and were popular in the 19th century, and here is an incredibly rare solid 22 carat antique guard chain measuring 195cm in length, orÂ 6 foot 4 inches when laid out end to end. Entirely hand made, the time needed to make nearly 2 meters of chain in solid gold would have been immense and this one is so beautifully and uniquely designed and measures 5.6mm in diameter. This chain has such a tactile feel to it and can so easily be worn long, doubled or even tripled over, and no matter how you choose to wear it, there is no doubt that it will always be admired and looked upon with awe. Bearing hallmarks for Portugal, if this piece could talk it would be amazing to consider who owned and wore such a magnificent piece of high end jewellery all those years ago. Antique guard chains are around today and make such a versatile style, however there will be little to compare this to it regards to thickness, link design, length and high carat of gold which is practically unheard of with antique guard chains. A truly spectacular and unique piece. Stock# ES7725 Circa: 1880 $18,250
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Antique guard chains were often used to hold a ladies pocket watch, and today they can be used for the same or to hold anything else that you desire. This one is a very rare 18ct yellow gold antique guard chain that was made in Vienna and dates from the later part of the 1800's. More often than not, these antique guard or antique muff chains are found in silver or 9ct gold and very rarely 18ct gold. Combine this with the fact that many of these are cut down to make two or three necklaces, and finding one in complete length in 18ct gold is such a find. If it was opened and laid out from end to it, it would measure an incredible 172cm (5 foot 6 inches). They are of course joined to make one continuous chain with the swivel clip to hold anything on the end. The length easily allows it to be doubled around the neck and still feel so comfortable and not restricting. This antique guard chain is such an elegant piece , and one that will always feel so special around the neck. Stock# ES7708 Circa: 1890 $12,650
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