Leather and sterling silver AlbertsCopyright © David Boettcher 2006 - 2017 all rights reserved.
In response to a customer request I designed the custom sterling and silver Albert shown on this page. The idea behind this design is to make a leather Albert that doesn't cause wear to the bow of a pocket watch.
Traditional Alberts are metal chains with a T-bar at one end that fits into a button hole and a swivel clip at the other end that clips onto the bow of a pocket watch. The bow is the ring on the end of the pendant of a pocket watch. The Albert is named after Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1819-1861), husband of Britain's Queen Victoria, who in portraits was shown with a conspicuous gold watch chain.
Leather and sterling silver Albert design sketch
Although an Albert makes it easier to haul a watch out of a pocket, the principal purpose of the Albert is to prevent the watch from falling to the ground if the owner fumbles when winding it or setting the time, or even when simply checking the time. A pocket watch is a heavy and delicate object which would be damaged if not destroyed by a fall onto a hard surface.
The problem with a traditional metal Albert is that the swivel clip causes wear to the watch bow. If the watch has a gold or silver case, then this wear to the bow can be quite rapid because gold and silver are soft metals. My customers idea was to have a leather Albert so that only leather was in contact with the bow of his watch, which would not cause any wear.
After a bit of thought I came up with the design shown in the photograph and sketch. The leather strap passes through the bow and is secured with one of my hand made Type GW sterling silver buckles. The T-bar and D ring stitched into the strap are also sterling silver. All of the sterling silver parts are marked with my sponsor's mark and assayed and hallmarked with traditional British hallmarks by the London Assay Office at Goldsmiths' Hall, where gold and silver have been assayed and hallmarked since 1478.
Details: length etc.
The standard length of the leather part as fitted to the watch in the picture measures 220mm or eight and three quarter inches from the watch bow to the T bar. These leather and sterling silver Alberts are custom made to order so you can have them in whatever leather colour and length you want. You can use the "Notes" field of the PayPal button to specify what overall length you require from the watch bow to the T bar when the Albert is fitted to the watch.
The Albert in the photograph is made from the dark chestnut Italian leather. For details of all the available leather colours go to Leather types and colours.
For details of my hand made sterling silver buckles go to Sterling silver and gold buckles.
My leather Alberts with fully hallmarked sterling silver fittings cost £60 plus p&p. If you have a treasured watch, this is a good way to keep it safely attached to you when you are handling or winding it, without damaging the bow. You can order one using the buttons below, please don't forget to use your browser's "back" button from the PayPal page to come back to this page and add postage and packing.
Postage and packing / shipping and handling
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Copyright © David Boettcher 2006 - 2017 all rights reserved. This page updated February 2017. W3CMVS.