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Large and impressive antique double Albert chain from the early 1900's

Today it is more common to wear an Albert chain, or fob watch chain as they are also known as, around the neck. However the Albert chain was originally designed to hold a pocket watch to a gents waistcoat, and when men put down their pocket watches in place of the "new" wrist watches at the turn of the 20th century, after a while women started to wear these around their neck, where they are more commonly worn today, and here is an exceptional very large and impressive antique Albert chain that is destined to always be admired from near or far.

Made in the early 1900's in 9 carat gold, this fancy double Albert measures a full and comfortable 40cm from end to end and sits so well around the neck.

Not only does it have those gorgeous long oval links, but they have also been hand engraved that adds to the charm and character of this piece and shows just how much time and detail went into making this over a century ago.

Still in superb condition even after all these years, this is a truly exceptional antique Albert chain that will always be worn with pride.


Stock# ET667a

Circa: 1900




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Large and impressive antique double Albert chain from the early 1900's

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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