Victorian Masterpiece - Victorian English Sterling Silver Hand-crafted Watch Chain Necklace (VICN042)

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Victorian Masterpiece - Victorian English Sterling Silver Hand-Crafted Watch Chain Necklace. This extraordinary chain is crafted from sterling silver, tested. Featuring exquisite detailing, an English hallmark, and high quality masterful craftsmanship. This chain was originally made for pocket watches, however today they also make wonderful necklaces. The elaborate silver watch chain is a late Victorian beauty, each link is so beautifully hand-crafted, the quality and detail is exceptional. A lot of time, patience, and skill has gone into making this piece, with each link been made by hand. This silver watch chain necklace is a real masterpiece, which can be worn everyday. It is long enough to fit most necklines comfortably or add your own favourite hanging piece. The clasps are two original dog clips, which have a perfect spring, and are in perfect working order. This Victorian era chain is truly a rare addition to any fine antique jewelry collection. 

History: The story of silver mining began about 5,000 years ago. Silver was first mined around 3,000 BCE in Anatolia, now located in modern-day Turkey. The precious metal helped early civilizations in the Near East, Ancient Greece to flourish.

The term "sterling silver" probably originated in eastern Germany when five towns formed the Hanseatic League in the 1100s. These town minted their own coins of 92.5 percent silver. When Britain sold cattle and grain to the League, they were paid in "Easterling coins".

In the history of the United Kingdom and the British Empire, the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. Slightly different definitions are sometimes used


Measurements: Watch Chain Necklace 16 1/4 "   Note: Extender can easily be added to your desired length. 

Weight: 21.60 grams 

Condition: Excellent

Origin: England 

Date: Circa 1880

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