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Antique Victorian Gold Filled GF Book Chain CORAL CAMEO Necklace c1870
I don’t often have the opportunity to present Victorian book chains as they are difficult to source in Excellent condition being at least 130 years old. This is one of THE BEST styled and designed Antique Book Chain Necklace I had had the pleasure to offer and it is incredibly Rare to find one with a Coral Cameo – they are highly sought after!

This is a high quality book chain referred to as such because it is comprised of folded over links with the fold resembling the spine of a book. They were popular in the mid-late 1800s and were often used to mark the pages of a book due to their quite flat nature. They are rectangular with scalloped edges and feature a diamond motif set upon a patterned background on either side. What makes this extra special is the amazing pendant at the centre which also doubles as the clasp.

The fancy shaped centrepiece features spectacular shaping and detailing with a Genuine Coral cameo at the centre prong-set above the pendant. It is superbly showcased by a plain, shiny border and Etruscan detailing at the edges forming a frame. The pictures provide the best description of all – Breathtaking!

The V clasp slots in at the back and you just press down on it to release it. From the bottom of the pendant are two tassel drops with a fabulously detailed capping. These are often missing altogether.

It has the silky smooth feel usually only associated with solid carat gold and expected of quality antique jewellery. The gold’s hue is a warm yellow gold with a very shiny sheen.


Era:                         Victorian c1860-80s

Trademark/Maker:   None/unknown

Construction:           Gold Filled (unmarked)

Gold purity:             outer surface tests positive for a minimum of 10 carat gold


Length:            chain about 42cm excluding the pendant

Width:              6mm or ¼”

Pendant:          4.2cm long with tassel drops

Weight:            16.4 grams


Excellent Antique condition! For a piece its age, wear is minimal and not obvious. The only repair I can see is to the end link to which the V-tab joins. There is a teeny spot of solder to make it secure. It is not obvious and being to the back, not visible when worn. There is no damage or anything that detracts. This type of chain is incredibly difficult to source as they are usually broken and have not lasted the distance. The fluidity of this chain is lovely and you will be thrilled with this purchase! A Very Rare opportunity not to be missed!
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