Superb Victorian ‘Rolo’ link muff /long-chain / guard chain dating to around 1890 - 1900.
Constructed of 9ct rose gold but with a ‘bloomed’ finish *(read below) these versatile and ever popular chains are a must in anyones jewellery wardrobe.
Each ‘link’ is in fact two links in belcher style fashion which makes these quite sturdy and durable.
With original hallmarked dog-clip, which is in perfect working order, and, at some stage of its history, this chain has had the addition of a single jump ring directly opposite the dog-clip as to enable this very long 142cm chain to be ‘doubled’ around the neck and fastened.
This lends itself to a multitude of styling options.
Wear it long, double it, triple it, the choice is yours
History Bloom Finish
“Blooming, a popular finishing technique for karat gold jewelry from 1870 to 1890, was first documented in 1853. The means for creating a bloom finish involved dipping a karat gold item into a boiling mixture of hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid), saltpeter (potassium nitrate), salt and water. This process burned off any alloys on the surface resulting in an alloy-free, thin layer of soft, pure gold on the item. This thin gold skin was dotted by an infinite number of microscopic pits or holes which caused the matte sheen. The effect is reminiscent of the soft skin found on a peach. Dipping the item into the boiling mixture was referred to as colouring, and the resulting sheen was termed bloom”. (Credit Lang University).
142cm excluding dog-clip
9c to dog-clip
9c to small plaque on chain (Chain has been professionally tested also as 9ct)
Very good to excellent antique condition. Chain has been professionally assessed and cleaned, and two links were not up to our standard so they have been laser soldered for surety. Dog-clip works perfectly, nice and springy. A delightful chain in excellent condition.