Rare Victorian 18k Gold Book Chain c.1875

The Curio

This rare Victorian book chain bears repeating double links, with alternating gold overlays, featuring both starburst and floral motifs. This particular chain is in a bright 18k yellow gold, with a sturdy, yet flexible articulation, and a strong C-clasp closure, that allows for a secure fit around one’s neck. The “book chain” was a popular Victorian style, with the most common style of link being a semi-flat rolled-over link, in a rectangular silhouette, although many variations of this exist, such as that seen within this particular piece.

Materials and Features: 

18k yellow gold (acid tested)


Estimated c.1875, Victorian period.




Weight: 36.4 g

Length: 21 inches full length


Very good. About six of the oval flower-relief overlays show signs of being later replacements, with the relief work having been done by hand, making them appear distinct from the originals. Some of the overlays also have some wear, with the raised oval edges having chipped off, or bent, in several places. There are some minor solder marks on the back faces of the oval overlays, where they join to the chain links, and minor tarnishing; please note that because all gold jewelry, even high-fineness gold such as 18k, is technically an alloy, and contains traces of other metals, tarnishing is possible, especially on older pieces. The C-clasp closure is sturdy, and allows for a secure fit around one’s neck. Overall, the piece is very good for its age, and is a rare example, revered for its historical value.

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

Rare Victorian 18k Gold Book Chain c.1875

Sale price Price $4,000.00 Regular price $4,750.00