SOLD: Victorian guard chain in 15-carat yellow gold, circa 1890


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If you were a middle- or upper-class jewellery lover in the 19th century you probably owned at least one long chain. These can still be found in all carats of gold and in silver, too – as all you avid collectors know.

There are so many ways to style these versatile chains, and we see marvellous examples most days on Instagram.

This appealing gold example has a lovely reeded design impressed on the solid links.

The colour is typical of 15-carat gold. That is, it’s a soft but rich yellow.

Fifteen-carat gold was only made in England and its colonies, which included Australia.

This particular chain has English provenance, though I bought it in Sydney.


• Handmade in 15-carat yellow gold, with mark
• Approximately 57 inches (1.44 metres) long, links are approximately 2.8mm wide
• Weight is 29.5 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box
• Note: some of the other antique jewellery is for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about any of it

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

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