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Antique Victorian 14KT Gold Engraved Necklace Chain


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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1900: Item # 866684
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Antique yellow gold engraved necklace chain, watch chain, or possibly a muff chain. Circa 1870. Not marked but all elements including end pieces test positive for 14KT gold using jeweler's acid. Very substantial at 37 grams. With thick links alternating between smooth links and heavily engraved links. Also with a swivel clasp piece on one end, and a gold ring on the other end. There probably was another element to the original clasp or fastener, now lost. The ring may be a later addition but it is 14K as well. Very weighty and drapable and would make a fabulous necklace. 18 1/2 inches long by just over 1/4 inch wide. Excellent condition other than the probable missing clasp part. Some of the smooth links have tiny marks in them which are visible in the photos but not without a loupe in person. These may have been made by rubbing against the engraved links. Photos enlarged to show detail.