The fine Victorian chain is a major part of this item's value, since antique chains are scarce and this one measures slightly more than 14 inches - long enough to be fitted with a clasp and used for a necklace pendant. In its present form, it's attached to a hairpin a bit longer than 1 1/2", with lovely twisted prongs. The material hasn't been tested, but looks to be rose gold, which was commonly used for the purpose and very popular in the 1890s. Pretty hairpins with so-called "keeper chains" developed then, because those sturdy "Gibson Girl" pompadour hairstyles favored in late Victorian and Edwardian times were well-suited to serve as hold-alls. Small items fastened to the hook end of a chain anchored by a hairpin were kept readily at hand. Optical equipment was a popular example, as you know if you've seen our 1902 spectacles (which reached us with a matching keeper chain), but it's easy to imagine them holding a key, a pencil with a hanging loop and so forth.
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