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...The Albert chain continued to be used for its intended purpose until the early 20th century when the pocket watch was superceded by the wristwatch, after which it became fashionable to wear the Albert chain as a necklace.
An Albertina chain is the name given to a watch chain worn by women. The chains were generally finer than the Albert chains, and often were multi-stranded.
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An Albertina and two watch chains, tri colour gold cased albertina with slide, swivel clasp and a decorative cube, a sterling silver curb link chain with 2 swivel clasps and a t bar and a metal curb chain with 2 clasps
An antique 9ct rose gold Albertina with a 9ct rose gold Vespa case, Birmingham, 1906, a curb link albertina chain with a swivel clasp together with a 9ct gold vespa case, engraved Billy. Total weight 28grams.
A Victorian tassel brooch and Albertina. The Victorian tassel brooch presented in original velvet lined box, 15ct yellow gold with central acanthus leaf encrusted in turquoise beads, surrounded by double worked gold rope twist, suspending a double tassel,
A Howard gold pocket watch, crown wind and set movement, circular silvered grain dial with applied gold Arabic numerals, signed case, dial and movement, 14ct white gold case, 42mm diameter, accompanied by a fancy link Albertina with swivel clasp in 14ct wh
An Edwardian silver collar and locket and other, sterling silver, the collar presented as wide, domed links of low profile, pierced to the outer of each link with geometric design, fitted with round pull clasp, suspending a quality large oval locket with b
A 'Horn of Plenty' Albertina in tri colour gold, comprising two strands of fox tail link chain, interspaced with elaborate roundels having applied decoration, terminating with a horn of plenty of conforming decoration and a fob clip, all in 9ct gold
An antique Albertina, comprising a triple strand of rope twist and foxtail link chains with T-bar fitting, tri-colour gold slide with applied gold and diamond decoration and double tassel fob of conforming design, all in 15ct gold
An antique gold Albertina, the 9ct gold double row fancy belcher link chain having two sliding rectangular panels with applied tri colour gold decoration to embossed terminals and finished with a fob clip and t-bar total length 360mm total weight 23.7gms.
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