Antique *Rolled Gold* And Hardstone Cameo ‘Slide’ Chain Circa 1920

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Fabulous early 20th century long ‘slider’ chain by Bates & Bacon and stamped as such.

Crafted in Rolled gold or Gold fill and designed as a versatile long guard chain with the added feature of a large 3cm sliding ornate etched fancy slider set with a hardstone cameo of a Grecian woman in full stance.

Measuring a wonderful 164cm in length the styling options are many especially with the large 2.7cm dog clip which can be used to double this one around the neck or add a large pendant or locket!

A substantial chain weighing a pleasing 50 grams, this one feels and looks classy around the neck.


The company that became Bates & Bacon was founded in Attleboro, Massachusetts, in 1857 as Skinner, Viall & Company. The name changed to Bates, Capron & Williams in 1858. George M. Bacon came aboard as a partner in 1867 as other partners sold their share of the business, and the firm became Bates & Bacon.
The business is widely known for the manufacture of rolled gold and gold-filled jewellery and pocket watches. 

Over time, the company’s jewellery lines expanded to include chains, lockets, pins, and earrings. Gold watch cases were added to the firm’s inventory in 1882, and eventually gold-filled cases were made as well. The watch case division was sold to Philadelphia Watch Case Co. in 1901, though the mark B & B was still used on watch cases made after the sale. 

In 1922 the name changed to Briggs Bates & Bacon when D.F. Briggs joined the firm. They continued to produce jewellery through to the 1950’s.

Interestingly D.F. Briggs made a variety of expansion bracelet (who remembers these!) under the brand name Carmen, named after his daughter.

Hardstone Cameo

164cm Length
Cameo Slide - 3cm x 1.4cm

50.7 Grams

‘B & B’ - Makers mark for Bates And Bacon
Rolled Gold or Gold Filled

Very good antique condition.  To the rear of the slide there is a shallow very straight well defined ‘scratch’?  (See photo). Some tiny marks and patina to slider sides, nothing major. Dog clip is large and very functional.


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