Victorian Sterling Anchor Link English Watch Chain 19"
A wonderful English watch chain from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This stylish sterling silver necklace is comprised of alternating oval loops and anchor links, which meet at two watch swivel clasps in the back. The common anchor link dates back to the Victorian era, and is what the modern "Gucci link" was replicated from. The anchor links have delicate beadwork details and are all stamped with small English hallmarks at the side. At the center of the chain is a stylish toggle bar, which hangs from a chain drop extension. The toggle bar is hallmarked with maker's initials, and both watch swivel clasps are stamped "STERLING." A versatile everyday chain, it would make a lovely addition any collection!
Measurements: The entire length of the chain measures approximately 19" long. The toggle bar hangs 2 1/2" long from its chain extension and measures 1 1/2" wide and 1/8" thick. Each anchor links measures 3/8" long and 1/2" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting. The watch swivel clasps fasten securely and are in good working order. There is a natural patina on the surface of the silver that gives it an antiqued appearance, which is normal for Victorian era jewelry and adds depth and character to the design. A very subtle gold hue is slightly visible, indicating the piece may have been previously gilded at one point.