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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Antique Albert chain, in sterling silver with T -bar marked Birmingham, 1901, touch marks approx 44.8

Antique Albert chain, in sterling silver with t- bar marked Birmingham, 1919, touch marks approx 47.5

An antique 18ct gold Albert chain, fetter and one links with t-bar, 9ct swivel clasp and 3 bolt rings, hallmarked Chester 1884, EC, possibly Edwin Clifford, wt 52.8g, length 36 cm.

A gold belcher link muff chain, spring ring clasp and Albert swivel fob clasp, 9ct gold. Length 71 cms. Weight 18g.

Victorian hair Plait Albert chain gold plated mounts with watch key fob attached

9ct graduated curb link Albert chain with shield fob attached 43 cm

9ct uniform curb link Albert chain with horseshoe and stirrup fob attached 38 cm

A Victorian sterling silver Albert chain, comprising curb links with t-bar and two swivel clasps. Hallmarked: London and dated 1887. Total length 400mm.

A vintage sterling silver Albert chain, comprising curb style links with t-bar and two swivel clasps. Sterling silver. Total length 400mm.

An antique gold Albert chain, comprising graduating curb links from smaller to larger links in the centre of the chain, with two swivel clasps and t-bar. Hallmarked: Birmingham and dated 1900. Maker: G.F.E. 9 carat yellow gold. Total length 375mm.

An antique 9ct gold Albert chain, stamped curb links with swivel clasp and T bar, length 40 cm, wt. 36.9g.

Antique 9ct gold Albert with citrine seal & t-bar, C1890, total weight: approx 49 grams, size: approx 36 cm length

An Edwardian rose gold albert watch chain, curb link design, hung with a T-bar, swivels and a yellow gold key engraved H. E. HERRING, M.P., LEESTON 1937. 9ct rose and yellow gold. Weight 35.16 grams. Length 38.5cm.

A Victorian gold albert chain, the adjustable curb link necklace with fob. 9ct rose gold. Weight 38.3 grams. Total length 69cm.

A Victorian gold albert chain. Stamped 15ct gold, the open curb link chain with T-bar and replacement clips. 15ct rose gold. Weight 45.8 grams. Length 44cm.

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