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    Posted 9 years ago

    valentino97
    (732 items)

    I've tried to research these lovely watch chains and keep coming across the term "white metal". These don't tarnish and don't have any marks. They are very intricate so I think they are from late 19 century.

    I found them in a junk store in San Diego 90's (ha, ha 20th century) and paid about $20 each for them which I thought was a steal because they are SO gorgeous. Since then I've worn them as bracelets but also attached to an old sterling pin on a 40's jacket - a posh English look. So pretty - haven't come across any as intricate as these in all my travels. Your help please. Are they sterling?

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    1. tommy1002 tommy1002, 9 years ago
      this should help, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_metal if they were sterling, there would (should) be a stamp like .925 or .999 and maybe a makers mark of some kind.
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thanks tommy and mustangtony for your comments. No there are no marks. If they are another metal like alum, nickel or stainless steel they sure are intricate and I love them.
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thanks for your info - no I don't know about magnet tests. Can you tell me more about this?

      Yes the hearts etchings are same on both sides. These are really fine quality watch fobs - even the tassels are beautiful inside - no blank spaces. Thanks for your advice about chatting w/a jeweler. I have a loupe but I couldn't find a mark. I appreciate your advice and comments. Thank you!
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thank you so much for all this great info on my 2 lovely watch chains. The one w/hearts was made into a bracelet when I found it. I agree they must be nickel.
    5. davyd286, 9 years ago
      Victorian style necklaces with tassels were popular costume jewelry in the 70s, too.
    6. Aimathena Aimathena, 8 years ago
      They are gorgeous.
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      Thank you Miss Aim - I LOVE these. I've even worn them caught up in a pin on a vintage jacket lapel. Very dramatic.

      Thanks davy - definitely not 1970's.

      Thanks kevin, gelsomina, Aim and brat for your love!
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 8 years ago
      Thanks Lee! Company left yesterday and I might go to Chinatown for the parade...Happy New Year! First I need to catch up on my friends' posts...
    9. Aimathena Aimathena, 8 years ago
      Sounds very beautiful Val. I'm sure you wear them well :)
    10. sarahoff sarahoff, 7 years ago
      Found it! An alloy of tin and antimony commonly used for jewelry:)
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Thanks Sara - I have never heard of antimony!
    12. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Hi there AGH - thanks for looking thru my stash again and loving them!

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