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Rare early Australian antique Albert chain made by William Drummond

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Rare early Australian antique Albert chain made by William Drummond & Co.

William Drummond & Co made a name for themselves as one of Australia’s leading jewellers of the late 20th century until they closed in 2002. This antique Albert chain by them is without a doubt one of the finest ones around and still in superb condition even after being made over 130 years ago.


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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