Reserved Rare Antique Alaskan Klondike Gold Rush 22K High Karat Gold Nugget 14K Link Albert Watch Chain Necklace, Dawson Yukon Territory, 16.5"

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This gorgeous antique gold nugget watch chain probably represents the rarest yet most fully naturalist form of jewelry design that one can imagine.

The chain is crafted with high karat gold nuggets that came from the well-known late 19th century Alaskan Gold Rush/Yukon Gold Rush/Klondike Gold Rush. The discovery of gold in the Klondike region of the Yukon, in north-western Canada, between 1896 and 1899, triggered a influx of prospectors, which eventually settled in Dawson City. This is where this precious watch chain was created as evidenced by its unique hallmark "DAWSON Y.T." (Dawson Yukon Territory) on the center piece of the chain. In sum, this watch chain constitutes an important piece of North American history which greatly contributes to its value. Antique gold rush jewelry in general is very sought-after for the same reason.

All the gold nuggets are connected with solid belcher links and finished with two swivel clips at both ends. It still retains its original gold nugget T-bar.

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Measurement: 16.5 inches in chain length, which is a rare wearable length for antique watch chains; gold nugget pieces: 4mm-5mm on average. All measures are approximate.

Metal and hallmarks: "DAWSON Y.T." on the center piece that connects two sections of the chain, and "DAWSON" on the T-bar gold nuggets: high karat gold (tested 22K or higher) chain links: 14K (tested) Two swivel clips: one is 14K and the other is 10K, both are marked.

Circa 1890s-1900s.

Weight: 36 grams (substantial!)

Condition: excellent antique condition with minor age wear. Please note that I seldom rate an antique piece in "excellent" category. This piece is truly exception in quality and condition.

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