Originally Albert chains were made to hold a pocket watch at one end and to be connected to a mans waistcoat, however when men started to wear the "new" invention of a wristwatch around the start of the 1900's, women started to wear these around the neck where they are more commonly seen today, and here is one that is all original and made in the most beautiful rose gold.
Made in Birmingham in 1903 in 9 carat rose gold, this antique Albert chain is all original and a full length measuring 42cm in length and has a swivel at each end and a tee bar in the centre.
With such an elegant design of larger long links and smaller links between, combine this with the beautiful warm colour of the rose gold, then you have a wonderful antique Albert that is 120 years old, yet still looks as beautiful and fashionable today as when it was made.
Hallmarked: Birmingham 1903
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Antique Albert fob chain
Antique Albert fob chain made in Birmingham 1903
What is an Albert chain?
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. Now years later woman wear these around their neck where they are quite often seen today.
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