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Georgian Pinchbeck Chain with Turquoise Set Clasp

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A really good, heavy Georgian pinchbeck chain with zig zag engraved links and a turquoise glass set barrel clasp. Pinchbeck is a form of brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. 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. Pinchbeck jewellery was used in places like stagecoaches where there was a risk of theft. Later dishonest jewellers passed pinchbeck off as gold. Nowadays these original chains are very sought after. It was made circa 1800 and is in lovely condition.

Written by Olly Gerrish

£1,875

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Est FREE UK Delivery: Tue 20th August, before 1pm
Date & OriginGeorgian (1714-1830), English
MeasurementsLength 85cm
Width of chain 9mm
Condition Very Good
HallmarksNot gold
ProvenanceEnglish
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