A very fine 19th century 18K gold watch chain enhanced comprising a quadruple foxtail chain enhanced with two slides, a fob, and a watch key. The slides and the fob are finished with repousse decoration and cushion cut rubies. The fob also has an unengraved bloodstone plaque on the bottom. When the two slides are drawn close together they cause the chain to plait itself. The watch hook has a secure locking mechanism. This chain is particularly ornate and would have been intended for wear as a “gilletière” high on the vest so it could be readily visible to others. The rubies have vivid color are show no indications of heat treatment. The watch chain would look particularly nice styled with other heavy neck chains or perhaps even worn as a bracelet. The chain is stamped with early 19th century hallmarks.
- Origin: France, ca. 1840
- Condition: excellent, all original
- Dimensions: 13-3/4”
- Weight: 40.4 grams
- Approximate Total Ruby Weight: 2.0 carats