Antique Victorian watch chains are beautiful and intricate pieces of jewellery that were popular in the late 19th century. These watch chains were often made from high-quality materials, such as gold or silver, and were designed to be both functional and stylish.

One of the defining features of antique Victorian watch chains is their length. They were typically quite long, sometimes up to 16 inches or more, and would be worn draped across the wearer's chest. The chain would often be attached to a pocket watch on one end and a vesta case or watch key on the other end, sometimes with ornate fob at the centre.

The chains themselves were often decorated with a variety of ornate links, including twisted rope, flat links, and openwork designs. 

In addition to their functional purpose of holding pocket watches, Victorian watch chains were also a status symbol, with more elaborate and expensive chains indicating the wearer's wealth and social status.

They were often paired with formal attire and were worn for special occasions or formal events. 

Today, these chains are highly sought-after by collectors and vintage enthusiasts who appreciate their unique beauty and historical significance. They are now also fashionable to be worn as necklaces and bracelets.