Learn about Albert Chain, Albertina Chain

An Albert chain, usually made of silver or gold, is a watch chain that was worn in the 19th century. It has a "T" bar on one end, which is used to attach the chain to a button hole in a waiscoat, while the other end is fitted with a swivel hook to attach the watch. There was usually a small length of chain joined to the end with the "T" bar, to which a fob, seal or a charm was attached. When the watch is placed in the waistcoat pocket, the looped chain and fob-end is visible. The links are often twisted to allow the chain to lie flat on the waist coat.

The "Albert" chain was supposedly named after a style of chain worn by Prince Albert, the prince Consort and husband of Queen Victoria.

The "double" Albert was a chain symetrically draped between both watch pockets on the waistcoat, with the T-bar and pendant chain in the middle. One end of the chain had the watch attached, and the other end of the chain may have had Vesta (match) case, cigar cutter or small pocket knife attached. more...

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A silver fancy link Albert chain, attached with t bar, 62 cm.

A gold Albert chain and shield fob, shield with Australiana crest featuring a kangaroo and emu, shield with vacant cartouche, 9ct gold. Weight of 9ct gold 49.2g. Nb. There are 12 cms of extension links of gold plated metal (not included in weight).

A vintage 15ct gold Albert chain, curb links with 2 swivel clasps and t bar with marks for Anthony Hordens & Sons, length 43 cm, wt. 62.2g

A Victorian hallmarked sterling silver Albert chain, curb links attached with t-bar and two swivel claps marked Jh&S, Joshua Horton & Sons, 39 cm

9ct rose gold Albert chain weight: approx 11.9 grams, Length: approx 41cm

An antique 9ct gold Albert chain, curb links with 2 swivels and t-bar drop. Length 49.5 cm.

An antique 9ct gold Albert chain, fancy fetter and 3 link design with 2 swivels and t, bar drop. Marks for Larard Bros. Length 38 cm. Wt. 28.7g.

A modern silver Albert chain. Length 42 cms. Weight 26.8g.

A vintage 9ct gold Albert chain, fetter links with t-bar and double swivel clasp, length 40 cm, weight 35.9g

A gold and black silk Albert chain, Willis, Melbourne circa 1920. 9ct yellow gold. Length 29 cm

A 9ct gold Albert chain; attached with 2 swivels t bar and a Masonic medal. Wt. 37.1g

A vintage 9ct gold Albert chain, curb links with 2 swivel clasps, a bolt ring and t - bar drop. Wt. 13.5g.

A vintage 9ct gold Albert chain, graduated curb links with 2 swivel clasps, t - bar, and an engraved stone pendant engraved with masonic symbols. Wt. 24.8g. Birmingham 1920.

A Victorian sterling silver curb link Albert watch chain, each link marked with lion passant. Christchurch exhibition fob 1906. Length 44mm.

A Victorian silver Albert watch chain c.1875, of fancy design with chased ball and fettered bar links. Tassel fob. Length 400mm.

Hallmarked silver 'fetter and 3' Albert chain with coins, hallmarked Chester 1914

A silver curb-link Albert chain; Herbert Bushell & Son, Birmingham, with a Maltese cross; William Adams, Birmingham 1906. Total weight 63.5g.

A silver curb-link Albert chain with 'T'-bar and swivel. Weight 33g.

A gold and Akoya pearl necklace, attributed to Gilbert Albert, Geneva, circa 1960's, the openwork necklace set at intervals with cultured pearls, 18ct yellow gold. Weight 140 grams approximately. Stamped 750, A.100, Omega mark

A hallmarked sterling silver vesta case with Albert chain and fob; foxtail and fancy link chain attached with a nephrite set fob. Birmingham 1922

Rose gold Albert chain 9ct rose gold, open curb link with 'T'-bar and two swivels weight approximately 64.3 grams

A Victorian silver Albert chain and nickel compass; the fancy 'Fetter and four' chain with 'T'-bar and two swivels; 'T'-bar marked for Joseph Sewill, Birmingham 1899

9ct gold graduated curb link Albert chain, weight 45 grams

15ct yellow gold Albert chain with 9ct yellow gold Australian coat of arms medallion, c.1900 i)the Albert chain is by early West Australian jeweller Thomas Richard Scanlan, c.1900. The T bar is marked '15ct' 'S' and 'A swan', each link is stamped '15', ii)

A 9ct gold fancy-link Albert chain with 'T'-bar and swivel. Weight 24.8g

A fancy link Albert chain, comprising elongated bars with shell shaped panels and jump rings, in 9ct gold, total length 490mms, total weight 33.9 cm

Antique 9 carat rose gold Albert chain 46.23grams, measures total length 35 cm

A 9ct gold Albert chain with spinning fob; fancy link to T-bar attached with a spinning fob set with blood stone and carnelian hallmarked Jcj Sheffield, length 56.5 cm, wt 50g

A 9ct gold curb-link Albert chain with 'T' bar and swivel. Weight approx. 42g

A 9ct rose gold Albert chain, cable and twin bar link with 'T'-bar and two swivels. Weight 28.4g

A silver Albert chain, twin bar and knot links with 'T'-bar and swivel

A gold Albert chain, fetter and three link with 'T'-bar and swivel; swivel marked 15c; 'T'-bar and chain test approx 9ct gold. Weight 43.4g

A 9ct rose gold curb-link Albert chain with two swivels. (metal jump rings) weight (all in) 13.1g

A sterling silver curb Albert chain with shield total weight 59.4grams

An antique silver Albert chain with vesta case; traditional curb links with a swivel clasp attached with a finely engraved vesta case hallmarked Chester 1907. Length 66 cm. Wgt. 93.2g.

Two gold chains; a scroll link in 18ct (5.4g) other a 9ct and silver Albert chain with swivel and bolt ring clasp (5.9g).

An antique silver Albert chain; graduated curb links with two swivel clasps and t/bar. Length 39 cm. Wt. 22.2g. C 1911

An unusual Vulcanite Albert chain; bi coloured graduated oval links with two swivel clasps. Length 51 cm.

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