This is simply the rarest watch chain we have ever had the pleasure of handling. This exceptional 19th century art piece features a peculiar nautical element, consisting of an articulated “o” ring that has been engraved and embellished with six boules to reassemble a helm, which is suspended by two hand embellished toggles with a sensual doubled flat fishtail chain. What really stands out about this example is the extensive hardware, including a perfectly functioning screw top dog clip (desirably articulated with a 360 swivel on the finishing “o” ring) and a sizable T bar (perfect for suspending padlocks, c ring, and dog clip embellished charms, etc). My favorite element is the nautically inspired harpoon bar that would have served as a button stay when this chain was used to suspend a pocket watch in its earliest days. We are so excited to be a part of this historical treasure’s journey and look forward to placing it in a superbly curated collection.
Materials and Features:
Weight: 24.04 grams
Dimensions: 14” long
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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14ct Nautical Victorian 14” Chain