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Regency Pinchbeck Chain

321E
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A very good looking long Pinchbeck chain which was made circa 1830. 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 chains are sought after in their own right as they ae extremely decorative to wear. It has unusual interlinking patterned sections and looks stunning when worn.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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Date & Origin

Condition

Very Good

Provenance

English

Materials

Pinchbeck

Measurements

Length 122 .5 cm
Width 1.3 cm

Item Number

321E
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