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Offered for sale is a wonderful pocket watch chain, vintage 1880 to 1890. It is Victorian, an "Albertine" chain, meant for a lady's pocket watch. It is a smaller, finer pocket watch chain compared to those worn by men.

The chain is gold plated brass, made up of a series of slightly flattened round links 1/8" wide and slightly longer than 1/8" long. The chain is 10" long, terminating with the end piece. At the other end is the T-bar, which fits into the buttonhole of the vest. Attached 1" away from the T-bar is a very short chain length with a spring ring clasp.

The chain is in excellent condition. It has aged to a soft patina. There is no sign of excess wear, no damage or blemish, no staining or discoloration. It would make a wonderful addition to a collection.

The Albert chain is a watch chain that serves to anchor a man's timepiece to his waistcoat. The Albert chain was and still is used in honor of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, who frequently wore watch chains in his morning attire. "Albertina Chains" refers to watch chains used by women for their timepieces. The Albertina chains looked more fragile and less masculine but still finer and prettier than men's jewellery chains. The Albertina chains were designed for elegance and less so for function unlike Albert chains.

During the Victorian age, "Albert chains" and "Albertina chains" were made out of silver or gold but men's chains were, in general, larger and bulkier than ladies chains. Many of the watches and jewellery had the same pattern. Men's watches were then almost as large as an average man's palm while a ladies' watch that had Albertina jewellery chains were usually smaller and more decorative.

Antique Pocket Watch Chain, Albertine, Victorian, Yellow Gold Plated, ca 1880-1890 NT-1061

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