A Victorian Pocket Watch Chain
Before the invention of the wrist watch, all watches would have been pocket watches, as the name implies, it would have been kept in the breast pocket. Then came the neeed to keep your watch safe from pick pockets, and so came about the watch chain. The watch chain, originally called the watch guard, was invented in the early 19th century, this would have been a short chain attatching your watch to your clothes via a t-bar and clip. As we get into the Victorian era these chains became longer and more elaborate and were a very popular piece of gentleman's jewellery, often hung with fobs, seals, coin holders and vesta cases.
This is a gold plated watch chain, it has a rectangular link which has an engraved design and a spring clasp at both ends, one for attatching to your pocket watch and the other to your buonhole.
The chain is in good condition with no ware to the gold plate and both clasps work well.
Dimensions: 36cm long