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Albert chain continued to be used for its intended purpose until the early 20th century when the pocket watch was superceded by the wristwatch, after which it became fashionable to wear the Albert chain as a necklace.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.
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 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 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 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
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