We are very excited to have acquired a number of these original unused watch chains, which work brilliantly with our waistcoats.
They were manufactured by Jakob Bengel, a chain and costume jewellery factory, founded by Jakob Bengel in 1873 in Germany.
Until 1920, the company specialised in the production of watch chains and chatelaines (pendants for pocket watches). In the 1920's and 1930's, it became one of the leading manufactures of fashion jewellery in the Art Deco style.
It was during the Bauhaus and Art Deco period that designers were looking to obtain new materials and inspiration to produce costume jewellery. Inspired by French Avant-Garde and other fashion trendsetters such as Coco Chanel, Bengel started to produce experimental jewellery. The pieces, catalogued from 1924-1939, combined brass and chrome with geometric shapes of coloured galalith.
The watch chains themselves are therefore probably brass or chrome, but being vintage we cannot say this with any certainty.
Total length approximately 25cm or 10in.