Antique chains can be neck chains, long or short, or watch chains that over time have become necklaces. They can be accessorized with antique pendants or vintage pendants, picture medallions or christening medallions. It is easy to use them for different pendants so it is not uncommon to change more medals than chains around your neck.
Gold flat chain in 18 karat gold (750). The mesh is made of flat links, comfortable to wear and sturdy. The clasp is a small clasp with a safety feature to prevent the loss of the jewel. Vintage gold chain, circa 1990, France.
Eagle head hallmark (french state hallmark for 18 karat gold) and goldsmith hallmark
Long French necklace barrel clasp in 18k rose gold (750). This antique necklace consists of a long flat-link chain that twists; it can be worn as a single strand, doubled, or tripled. The clasp is a box clasp, known as a barrel clasp. It has six facets decorated with enamel and inscriptions: one facet bears the word “Friendship,” another “Fidelity,” and a last one “Souvenir”; the remaining facets are adorned with enameled flowers.
Hallmark: Eagle head (French state hallmark for 18-karat gold). Late 19th century.
Length: 106.3 cm
Clasp Dimensions: 6.67 mm x 23 mm
Condition: enamel loss, scratches from use, minor dent
Gold watch chain necklace crafted from 18-karat rose gold (750). The chain features a voluminous fancy link design and is secured with a lobster clasp. It can be worn as a choker necklace by adding a rectangular element in gold and platinum with filigree volutes, which comes with the chain, or as a double bracelet. This piece dates back to around 1900 and originates from France.
Hallmarks: Eagle’s head and rhinoceros (French hallmarks for 18k gold)
Length: 36 cm (14.17 inches)
Link Width: 5 mm (0.20 inches)
Antique necklace cameo pendant in 18 karat yellow and rose gold (750). Necklace featuring a photo medallion centered with an agate cameo of a woman profile with an antique hairstyle. The cameo is surrounded by a finely braided circular gold element, similar to the thick chain. The medallion is in rose gold and opens onto a compartment that can hold a photograph or a lock of hair, protected by glass. The necklace chain resembles a tube of gold braiding, giving it a slight elasticity (like a spring). It closes with a ratchet box concealed in the body of the necklace. The medallion pendant was made by Lucien or Laurent Nicot (active in Paris from 1854 to 1903).
Eagle head hallmark, rhinoceros hallmark and goldsmith’s hallmarks.
Chain length: 19.5 cm
Medallion dimensions (with setting): 45 mm x 25 mm
Condition: slight indentation in the link towards the clasp, wear scratches
Antique watch chain necklace in pink gold 18 karats (750). Antique watch chain that can be worn as a choker or bracelet. The mesh is flexible and cubic decorated at the ends of fine spheres. The jewel closes with a clasp snap hook. Jewel from the end of the 19th century.
Eagle head hallmarks
Total length: 37.5 cm
Condition: one part of the clasp is in yellow gold and has been added afterwards