This heavy Albert Watch chain is typical of items worn in the days of Gentleman. It is of a graduating design - that is to say that the chain increases in it's size in the middle section of each "string" that comes from the central "T" bar. All links are individually hallmarked with a 9 and the .375 to indicate that the gold content is 9 carat. On one individual link there appears to be the maker's mark of J.M. No other markings of this kind can be found on any other link in the chain.
At the ends of each "string", there are connecting clips to hang either a pocket watch or various fobs from, one being a hook. The spring action is in good working order. It also carries the hallmark for 9 carat, and unusually the makers mark of J.M. The other side has a round ring - again the spring action is fully working. There is some mark to the top of this piece, although it cannot be identified. Both "strings" are connected to the "T" bar by a further short length of chain. This is fixed, therefore the chain is unable to slide. The "T" bar is also hallmarked with both the numbers of 9 and .375. It was assayed in Birmingham and the makers mark of J.M can be seen, but there is no date mark. There is however a date mark on the connecting ring that fixes both length's of chain and "T" bar together, it is the letter U followed by the Birmingham assay mark. It appears as though this may relate to 1919.
There is also a fob fixed to this piece. It is suspended from 5 links of chain and does carry a hallmark. It does appear to be of a different make to the rest of the chain. The fob itself is fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1919. Again it is 9c gold however the makers mark appears to be different - this time it is J.T.J. The rear of the fob displays an engraved pattern - it does not appear to be initials, but it is not clear what they represent. The front face is that of a red stone. There does not appear to be any chips or cracks in this piece. The fob itself has dimensions of 27mm x 27mm - including it's support hanger, and 6mm thick. It is impossible to weigh the fob on it's own as it is fixed to the Albert Chain. This is a lovely piece that does come with a box, although it is not clear if this is original or added later.
- 9ct gold Weight (approx.): 51.50
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