|1830s beaded watch chain supplies|
|Reproduction watch chain and graph pattern we are following|
|A working example|
|And another extant example|
There is a wonderful article online: Woven Bead Chains in Early 19th-Century American Dress by Lynne Basset, 1995 and an example on exhibition at the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg as part of their Fashion Accessories from Head to Toe exhibition that runs until December 31, 2012. This exhibition features costume accessories from the late seventeenth through the early nineteenth century. If you can't view this wonderful exhibition in person, there are a selection of items online in their e-museum. Unfortunately the watch chain is not viewable online and my photo is too grainy to see anything.
Lynne Basset also wrote an article "Guard Thy Hours: Bead Watch Chains of the 1830s" in PIECEWORK, May/June 2000, pg 37-40. This article shows a portrait of a New England woman wearing a bead watch chain in the early 1830s.
Lynne Basset wrote a more comprehensive article, "Woven bead chains of the 1830s", in the December 1995 issue of Antiques.
Below are two portraits I found online in a quick google search, both show the watch chain worn around the neck and then tucked into the belt.
|Mrs Pearce, 1835. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Centre, Williamsburg, Virginia US.|
|Aylwen Gardiner-Garden making her reproduction 1830s watch chain.|