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Wonderfully Wide Beaded, Double Cannonballs, Star Link Antique English Silver Chain - Chain Only


Double rows of star links form the main portion of this chain.  These links are constructed such that the stars are cut into the flat silver links.  The back of these links is grooved allowing this chain to be reversible. Thus, it can provide two different looks.  Large balls were added to one end of each link while small balls were added to the opposite end.  This variation in ball size allows for two additional options.  Chain can be worn with the larger balls on the interior or the smaller balls on the interior.  This chain has quite possibly the most looks of any single chain we have seen.  

Measuring a full inch wide, it is extremely wide and commands quite a presence.  Therefore, it can easily be worn by itself or with a locket.  Paired with a very detailed locket but just as easily could be paired with a simple locket. 

The star motif of the links is commonly found on bookchains, bracelets, and earrings.  Cannonball or beading is one of the most desirable pattern.

Measures 17" long and terminates in grooved links.  These grooved links then slide easily onto the bolt ring.  Bolt ring is in proper order.  Closes tightly and stays closed.

Chain and locket are sold separately.

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. 


17" long


Excellent condition. Bolt ring is tight and secure.

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