Heavy Victorian Watch Chain12k Gold Reticulated Links 54.8 g

A fanciful solid 12k rose gold Victorian vest chain, substantial at 54.8 grams in weight, and fitted as a 16-inch necklace chain with a large bolt-ring clasp. Chains of this type and design were crafted in America towards the end of the 19th century; unlike British watch chains, which tends to be predominantly 9k gold, American-made counterparts made use of higher carat gold such as 10k, 12k, and 14k. In terms of workmanship, these late Victorian American chains were intricately crafted, featuring so many diverse elements that the pieces resemble delicately cobbled architecture. This particular chain consists of long rectangular links with openwork geometric motifs, with the sides accented with helical wirework. Striated circular links then interconnect with rosette-like clusters of ribbed rings and granulation beads. The combined effect is quite charming and magical. Various vest chains of similar design can be found in a late 19th century catalogue from S.F. Myers & Co of Maiden Lane, New York City.

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Date: 1880-1900s, late Victorian era

Materials: solid 12k rose gold (tested in three locations with electronic gold tester & nitric-muriatic acid)

Weight: 54.8 grams

Length: 40.5 cm (16 inches)

Max. width of chain: 10.5 mm

Dimension of long reticulated links: 33 x 9.5 mm

Condition: Overall in great antique condition. This is a heavy, sturdily constructed chain with its links in good order. One of the circular ribbed links has been scored down previously to test for solid gold. One link is missing a small granulation bead. There’s a slight wave / uneveness to one of the long reticulated links at the very edge (cosmetic and not of structural concern). The large bolt clasp has a small dent to its inner edge. There is general age-related surface wear to the gold.