A c. 1830-40 solid 18k yellow gold chain, probably Biedermeier German in workmanship origin. The repoussé-worked clasp, with its scrollwork and floral motifs, is very representative of European goldsmithery of the 1830-40s. The chain link style—featuring a central arrangement of parallel rolo/Belcher links, held together by adjoining rows of vertically-arranged rolo links—is also rather unique to the early 19th century. While resembling later wide-chain designs like the snake, herringbone, and tank track, it is nonetheless distinct in its essential structure and construction. The pairing of parallel and vertical links gives the present chain a pleasingly slinky quality. For other examples of the present chain type, see p.169, “Ouro Popular Português” by Amadeu Costa e Manuel Rodrigues de Freitas, and p. 193 & 213, “French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century” by Henri Vever.
Date: c. 1830-40
Materials: solid 18k yellow gold (unmarked; tested with electronic gold tester & nitric-muriatic acid)
Workmanship origin: continental Europe, probably Biedermeier German (found in Einbeck, Germany)
Weight: 19.4 grams
Length: 53 cm (20.86 in)
Width: 10 mm
Depth: 5.36 mm
Dimension of clasp: 32 x 15 mm
Condition: Just one link with some epoxy reinforcement to reverse side (link itself is fine, but shows a tiny split at the edge; the epoxy was added to eliminate possibility of the split spreading; laser welder was not used to avoid further damage). Overall, the chain is in good antique condition, with the links retaining good original form and shape. A few links with some minor nibbling or crimping at the very edges. Please note, what appears like dents in photos are just reflections. On one side of the repoussé clasp, there is a small 4 x 4.5 area where the decorations have been worn out or possibly repaired.