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18 carat antique double Albert chain made in 1900

Quite often the Albert chain, or fob watch chain as they are also known as, is worn around the neck, however the Albert chain was originally designed to hold a pocket watch to a gents waistcoat. However when men put down their pocket watches in place of the “new” wristwatch, women started to wear these around the neck and here is a very stylish genuine antique Albert chain made in solid 18 carat yellow gold that is so rare to come by.

Made in Birmingham in 1900, not only is this one in superb condition and 18 carat gold, but it is also a full double Albert measuring 41cm in length that will easily sit around the neck and look perfect day or night thanks to its elegant design and rich golden yellow colour of the gold.

Each link is stamped and feels so smooth and tactile and wraps around the neck beautifully and is connected with the two original gold swivels.

With the tee bar in the centre to leave as it is or use the additional links to attach a fob or swivel to, this is a perfect example of an antique Albert chain that is as elegant as it is rare.

 

Stock# ET865

Hallmarked: Birmingham 1900

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Antique 18 carat gold Albert chain

18 carat antique double Albert chain made in 1900

This antique Albert chain was made in 18 carat yellow gold in the Edwardian era in Birmingham England in 1900.

A brief history on Albert chains:

The Albert chain, or Prince Albert chain as it is also known by was designed in the 1800’s for Prince Albert to fit through a waist coat and hold a pocket watch on one end and the key to wind it on the other.

These were often made in sterling silver or gold as well as base metals such as rolled gold and some from the Art Deco era of the 1920’s to the 1940’s being made in platinum or a combination of platinum and gold.

A double length one ie two chains leading to a tee bar is a double Albert and one where the tee bar is at one end and a swivel or bolt ring at the other is known as a half Albert.
However in the early 1900’s with the increase in popularity of wrist watches, the gentleman of the house put these chains down and started to wear the wrist watch and now years later woman wear these around their neck where they are quite often seen today.

 

Click here to see more antique chains and Albert chains that are currently in store:

https://www.kalmarantiques.com.au/product-category/antique/necklace-antique/

A link to the beautiful and historic Queen Victoria Building, in which our store is located on Level Two:

https://www.qvb.com.au/

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