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Pinchbeck Muff Chain with Barrel Clasp and Turquoise Stones, c. 1830

Pinchbeck Muff Chain with Barrel Clasp and Turquoise Stones, c. 1830

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1433628
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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Georgian pinchbeck muff chain with a barrel clasp set with turquoise stones in a floral motif. These wonderful long chains were used to hold a ladies muff. The links of the chain, which measures 36" long, are embossed with textural dots. This bold Georgian pinchbeck long chain with a barrel clasp was used in its day to hold one's muff. Today one wears it for glamor. It can be triple looped to wear high or doubled or left single to wear long. It is versatile for day or evening wear. Pinchbeck is an alloy of copper and zinc that was developed in 1720 by a Fleet Street watchmaker, Christopher Pinchbeck, to make non precious jewelry that imitated gold. After his death his son took over the business, but upon the death of the son, the secret of Pinchbeck was lost. Today, Pinchbeck jewelry has become highly collectible. Its fascinating history, that it hails from the 18th century and is therefore absolutely Georgian, as well as the fact that no jewelry maker has been able to duplicate it since, makes Pinchbeck jewelry much sought after. In addition, Pinchbeck has the appearance of fine gold and does not tarnish. The chain measures 36" long and 3/8" wide and can be worn long or doubled, as shown in the photos.