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Antique ‘Rolled Gold’ Fetter and Knot Fob Watch Chain Circa 1910

Sale price$615.00 AUD

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When we want the look but not the huge price tag ‘Rolled Gold’, especially the antique kind, is the perfect choice!

This antique circa 1910 double Albert chain was crafted by ’T & H’ - Thomas Hopwood of 25-27 Branston Street Birmingham who established their business in 1852 and continued to around 1925.

Renowned for their rolled gold, gold filled and gold cased chains and jewellery these quality crafted chains were made to last.  

Thomas Hopwood (born 1862) and Thomas Hopwood senior (born 1828 and also a jeweller) and Frank Sebastian carried on a business partnership at Branston Street, Birmingham (see photos).

Crafted in the popular style as a Fetter and Knot link chain with original T-bar and separate drop chain to which your favourite fob or medallion could have and could still be suspended, and two dog clips which enable this 42 cm chain to be worn as a particularly impressive necklace today.

Warm and rosy in hue and stamped to two Fetter links with T*H’s trademark and ‘Rolled Gold’ also.

Hefty at 34 grams this little piece of UK history looks the real deal.

History of Rolled Gold

The origins of rolled gold can be traced back to the 19th century England when costume jewellery rose in popularity.  Durable and long lasting it allowed designers/jewellers to offer pieces that looked exactly like solid gold but at the fraction of the price.

Rolled gold material had many times more pure gold than ‘gold plated’ and the bonding process for rolled gold results in a much more durable material than plated jewellery.  Made by fusing a base metal (silver, brass or copper) between thin sheet of gold, the metals are then bonded together using heat and rolled into flat sheets to be then used in jewellery.


42cm Length

34.8 Grams

’T*H’ to T-bar and two links

Very good antique condition.  Rosy patina, very little wear to be seen. Dog clips function perfectly, nice and springy.  Lovely chain which looks almost as good as its solid gold counterparts.