Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide

$ 2,500.00 

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Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide
Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide
Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide
Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide
Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide

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.

Materials

14k gold
10k gold

Age

c. 1860

Condition 

Excellent

Size

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.

Notes

In the Victorian language of flowers, hibiscus stands for delicate beauty.

Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide
Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide
Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide
Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide
Victorian Gold Hand Clasp Chain with Hibiscus Slide