Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide
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A victorian-era slide chain, made in solid 10 & 14k gold, fitted with a figural clasp and an ornate slide. The clasp is made in the form of a woman's hand, closed over a bar— the closed hand moves on the bar like a hinge. The threaded clip below the handclasp unscrews so that the wearer can attach a locket or watch, or a ring of charms.
The chain itself is extra long and made with closely-fitted, lightly-twisted links that have a sinuous movement. A puffy, decorative slide moves freely on the chain; on it a Hibiscus bloom, with fleshy petals, is rendered in careful repoussé, and surrounded by fine stippled texture. This is a lovely old piece, desirable for it's intricate figural clasp, and wonderfully versatile as part of a jewelry wardrobe. This can be worn at full length, or wrapped around the neck and clipped to itself. Handclasp and slide are 14k gold; chain is 10k gold.
Fits like a 29" chain, when worn wrapped around the neck and clipped to itself. Chain is 58" worn at full length. Slide measures approx 19.5 x 10.6 mm. Hand clasp measures 37.2 x 12.3. Weight is 34 grams.
This is a weighty example of this style; you might consider the weight of other, similar chains, which are often 1/2 this weight.
In the Victorian language of flowers, hibiscus stands for delicate beauty.