Albertina with Heart and 2 Tassels


The magnificent Victorian Sterling Silver Albertina with Heart Shape T-Bar and 2 Tassels is a treasured piece, come and try it on in store today.

This Silver Victorian Albertina, so called because it is a mini version of an Albert chain. Traditionally this style of watch chain has a bar on one end used to attach the chain to a vest button hole. The opposite end of the chain is fitted with a swivel hook to attach the watch, which is then worn in a vest pocket.

Another way of wearing this unique Albertina is to join two together to form a necklace- a stunning one off piece. Albertina jewellery is a term used to refer to an enduring Victorian style featuring elaborate balls, hearts, fobs and wonderful tassels interspersed along fabulous chains.

This distinctive Albertina is the elaborate version of the Albert chain used for fobs and watches. Albert chains were named after Queen Victoria’s husband.  Albertina chains were usually much prettier with decorative features and were worn as jewellery rather than as functional items. Both Albert and Albertina chains were made out of gold, or silver or gold and silver.

In the First World War, soldiers often left their fob chains with sweethearts to be worn as jewellery for safekeeping and as a symbol of their devotion. As the fob watch era drew to an end, the chains moved firmly into the realm of jewellery as bracelets or necklaces often adorned with trinkets or charms.

Tassels have been used for everything from being a religious symbol, to a symbol of high social rank or intellectual achievement.

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Albertina with Heart and 2 tassels
Albertina with Heart and 2 Tassels