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Antique curb and roller ball Albert chain made in 1900

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Antique curb and roller ball Albert chain made in 1900

This beautiful antique double Albert chain was made with the traditional curb links with a facetted belcher link set between, and made in Birmingham in 1900. This allows for a very tactile and smooth feel to it that rolls through the fingers so beautifully and feels amazing when worn around the neck. Finding antique Albert chains that are not only long enough to be worn around the neck that are original and not with parts added to extend them, as well as in excellent condition such as this one here, are becoming increasingly hard to come by.

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.

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