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A fine antique Victorian 9ct yellow gold fancy book link chain hand crafted circa 1880. The main links are crafted as single, flat rolled edge panels which are connected at each end to form a complete loop - each link is also adorned with an applied gold disc. Connecting the book links are round links and despite being over 100 years old, it's quite modern aesthetic showing just how timeless Victorian jewellery can be! This chain is a short collar length and features a jump ring clasp. The bolt clasp can be used to hold a locket or large pendant or turned to the back of the neck for a fluid chain necklace.


In addition to being a beautiful and sometimes sentimental fashion adornment, book chain necklaces surprisingly had another purpose. When women finished reading at night, they removed their book chain from their neck and used it as a bookmark. Perhaps that is where the name “book chain” actually originated!


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MEASUREMENTS - Total length 400mm (16")


MATERIALS – 9ct yellow gold


WEIGHT – 17.8g


HALLMARK – None, but tested as 9ct gold with a touchstone.


CONDITION – In good condition for the age of the piece with the gold links remaining in good order with limited wear. The bolt fastener and jump ring are likely a later additions.

Victorian Gold Fancy Book Link Necklace, Circa 1880, 16"

  • 16" (400mm) 


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