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20" Excellent Substantial Round Link Antique Victorian Silver Chain - Chain Only

Description:

Wonderfully silky to the touch and incredibly smooth substantial round link chain. Measuring 20" long, this is a one of the best versatile chains we have had.  The tight round link chain can easily be paired with any style of pendant.  If you have your own pendant, even if it is not Victorian, it will blend nicely and look beautiful on this chain.

Chains of this nature are tough to find.  Links are a lovely shape and substantial.  Chain is not wimpy and has quite the presence. One of the very best we have had.

Excellent condition.  No conditon issues.  Bolt ring clasp is tight and secure.

Chain and locket are sold separately.  If you are searching for a locket as well, please contact us if you would like assistance in finding your perfect combination. 

These sterling silver Victorian chains are all unique.  Most were produced either in the Chester or Birmingham regions of England during the 1880's to the turn of the century.

The ideology in Victorian times was that more was better. Thus, ladies would be adorned with several lockets and bracelets at one time which is why the bracelets were designed with flat sides to make it easier for them to stack and chains will be found in all lengths. This line of thinking better explains the elaborate details of the lockets, earrings, and chains.  Some think of this time as being simpler, but it really was a time of lavishness.  The silver jewelry was often their traveling jewelry while they would save their jewels for galas and gatherings. 

These pieces were not mass produced; thus, each piece is truly a work of art.  They were not made for export to the United States which makes their availability limited. Often one will see pictures of Queen Victoria wearing a locket or another bold piece of jewelry.  This was deliberate as she wanted to promote the industry.  She was so successful that they had to open an assay office in Birmingham.  Assay offices were where the piece was impressed with a stamp indicating type of metal, year of production, and origin of production.  This was certifying the piece by the Crown…somewhat similar to notarizing something today.  Prior to the opening of the Birmingham assay office, the jewelry makers had to send all their wares to London for testing.  Once tested, the piece would then be marked and could be sold for silver. There are books to help you identify each of these assay marks.  The majority of the pieces sold were not marked as there was not a safe means to transport the items to and from the assay offices. 

Dimensions:

20" long

Condition:

Excellent condition. No condition issues. Clasp is tight and secure.

Web ID:

MA20-465

Price:
$445


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