This original Pinchbeck chain dates from the late Georgian period circa 1810. The links alternate between a snake scale design and an engraved geometric pattern, the box clasp is also covered in the geometric design with a golden 3 dimensional flower on each of its four sides.
Pinchbeck is a gold substitute that was invented in 1720 by Christopher Pinchbeck, and remained popular until the mid 1800's. It is comprised completely of metal alloys that give the look of high carat gold without tarnish or color changes.
Details.....The chain is 46" long, the chain links measure 6.3mm across, the clasp measures 12.3mm x 10.6mm. In excellent condition. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique pieces, we consider it part of the charm.