Antique 9ct 375 Rose Gold Double Albertina Fob Watch Chain 1906 (43cm) Heavy. 375 on every link, J.
375 on the clasps and the T bar. This fob watch chain is in beautiful condition. It is showing some wear which is to be expected and there are a few finer scratches here and there. The chain link style is an original curb link design.
This fob watch chain is confirmed to date to 1906. Made and assayed in Birmingham by John Grinsell & Sons.
The fob watch chain does not have a date letter on it. I know the date of this chain because of two reasons. 1 the makers mark style - often changed throughout the years so they style indicates its date. The gold purity of this necklace has been tested and it was confirmed to be solid 9ct rose gold (37.5%). The chain would have originally been plated in a bright 18ct yellow gold, some of the plating is still visible around the hallmarks and low spots.The links are not worn through and they actually still have about 90% of their original thickness. Two minor issue with the chain. 1The swivel dog clasps have lost some of their spring and dont always close properly. They are not loose and still acceptable to use, just need to some help to close them sometimes. 2 the jump ring that holds the T-bar to the chain has been replaced with a solid 9ct yellow gold jump ring. The jump ring is Hallmarked with English assay markings that read cc, 375 (on scales), 375, anchor. The hallmark looks newer, 1990s style. So my best guess is that the original jump ring was very small and just eventually wore through and needed to be replaced. No links have been added or removed.
The only repair was the jump ring on the T-bar which was previously mentioned. No modifications have been to this fob chain. The clasps do not swivel, they are stationary. There is also some solder overflow on the shouldered of the clasps. Very minor but still worth mentioning.
The jump rings for the clasps are unsoldered, this is original and was done so it would be easy to replace the clasps if they ever broke. This is still done on modern chains too. There are some tooling marks on the jump rings for the clasps.Overall a high quality fob watch chain. The chain is 43cm in length - double Albertina. The links are 5.1mm in width and 2.4mm in maximum thickness.
The T-bar is 39.4mm length, 3.0mm in diameter and the chain for the T-bar is 24.5mm in length (same width and thickness as the main chain). The dog clasps are 26.0mm in length with their jump ring, 7.8mm in width and 5.6mm in maximum thickness. Will be posted with a jewellery pouch and a jewellery box.Please view the pictures for more infomation. If you have any further questions regarding this listing, please feel free to message me. And dont forget to check out my other gold and silver listings. Sent with Australia Post Standard or express. Tracking included and will post insured. Please note that this item is second hand. Also please note that the photos are zoomed in to show the fob chain in full detail, refer to the measurements above for an accurate size. Colours shown in photos may vary depending on monitor and display qualities. The item "Antique 9ct 375 Rose Gold Double Albertina Fob Watch Chain 1906 (43cm) Heavy" is in sale since Saturday, August 28, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage, Antique Jewellery". The seller is "antique_victorian_jewels" and is located in Katoomba, NSW. This item can be shipped to Australia, North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, New Zealand.