Victorian Pinchbeck Guard Chain Necklace 52"
"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. The development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy jewelry that had look of gold.
A beautiful guard chain from the Victorian (ca1880s) era! This fabulous chain is comprised of interlocking rings crafted in Pinchbeck which come together to create a timeless appeal. The chain does not have a fastening clasp, however, due to its extensive length, it can easily slip on overhead and be worn doubled or even tripled. At the center of the chain is a swivel watch clasp, marked "PATENT" along the inside and "TM" on the outside, which allows one to attach a complementary pendant or locket if desired. This beautifully crafted chain necklace would be a wonderful addition to any jewelry collection.
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 52" long. Each interlocking ring measures about 1/8" in diameter.
Condition: The chain is in overall excellent condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the chain and its clasp is in good working condition.