SOLD: Victorian sterling silver watch chain, 16 1/2 inches, circa 1900


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Antique watch chains make great necklaces when they’re long enough to go around the neck. Here’s a lovely sterling silver example that has fancy trombone links alternating with double knots.

Each of the long links bears the lion rampant. This signifies that they’re English-made sterling silver.

The two antique dog clips bear part hallmarks, one for 1891 and the other for 1904 – assuming that both were made in Birmingham.

As moving parts with springs tend to wear over time, it’s quite common to find that one or both have been replaced. So this has minimal impact on the price.

But do keep in mind that the hallmark on a dog clip or T-bar should not be assumed to reflect the date of the main chain.

Old watch chains can be hard to date exactly as they were worn for decades without the styles changing. I am dating this one as circa 1900; it could be a bit earlier or later.

There are seven knot links – an uneven number – so I’ve added a few substantial sterling silver links to one end.

This balances the otherwise off-centre T-bar and makes the chain a little longer. It will now fit most necks comfortably.


• Handmade in sterling silver
• Approximately 16 1/2 inches (42cm) long, links are 7.8mm wide
• Weight is 42.4 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box
• Note: the Victorian silver heart padlock is for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about it

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

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

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