Georgian Pinchbeck Long Chain Circa 1790
Bright and buttery in colour, basically the colour of 18ct gold or higher, of tight belcher link design, beautifully hand crafted of course and with the original ornate barrel push in clasp. Quite weighty at 40.50 grams and feels just beautiful on.
The clasp is in perfect working order and closes with a satisfying ’click’ and has the sweetest ‘shell’ motif to the finial of the push in clasp which just adds to its Georgian beauty, this was a relatively traditional motif seen in the clasp of these Georgian chains.
Measures 92cm or 36 inches in length and slips conveniently over the head or doubled to be worn higher on the neck. Very versatile and lends itself to a variety of #neckmess themes.
Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewellery on a budget. The inventor allegedly made pinchbeck jewellery clearly labelled as such. The original Pinchbeck was made by Christopher Pinchbeck and his decedents until the 1830s.
The family kept its exact formula a secret, but others guessed the alloy's two components and began to experiment with their own mixes, some more successfully than others.
Others tried to pass off jewellery made from their own formulas as gold, but the Pinchbeck family always made it clear that their metal was a substitute. Over time, the term Pinchbeck was often used generically to refer to all types of gold substitutes.
Today the term is widely used to describe original Pinchbeck or gilt metal from other producers from this era.
Pinchbeck fell out of use in the second half of the 19th century being replaced by low carat gold which had been legalised in the in 1854.
92cm or 34inches
In simply lovely antique condition. Clasp is in perfect working order, both barrel and clasp are original. Pinchbeck is bright and lush with no losses. There are no signs at all of repair or soldering