Silver double Albert chain with horse head fob seal 1916 Birmingham

SOLD - to a gentleman!

This is a beautiful, double silver watch chain complete with a sterling silver fob seal in the shape of a horse’s head. The seal looks like it is made from Cornelian and has not been engraved. The chain is of graduating curb link construction and is hallmarked on each link, although many of these have been rubbed due to the age of the chain. The T-bar has hallmarks for the maker of “B&S” which is likely BH Britton & Sons of Birmingham, a date mark of “r” for 1916 and the lion passant for sterling silver. The silver fob seal has rather rubbed hallmarks, but bears a clear “HWA” for a maker, which is HW Ashford of Birmingham. The date mark is rubbed, but possibly a “v” for 1920, and it also bears the lion passant for sterling silver. Both chain clips are stamped with “B&S”, matching the makers mark on the T-bar. Please note that the spring does not work in one of the clips. This item is a lovely example of a silver watch chain with novelty fob that is proving very popular with gentlemen today.


Additional information

Weight73 g
Dimensions43 × 0.9 × 0.5 cm


Assay City


Date of Manufacture



B H Britton & Sons


Chain – (Each link is stamped with the Lion Passant), Clips – (Hallmarked "B&S" for BH Britton & Sons; The spring in one of the clips does not work), Fob (Makers mark of "HWA" for HW Ashford of Birmingham; Lion passant for sterling silver; Date mark rubbed, but possibly "v" for 1920), T-bar (Makers mark "B&S" for BH Britton & Sons; Lion passant for sterling silver; Date mark of "r" for 1916;)