A Vintage 18ct Gold Chaîne d’Ancre Bracelet

A vintage gold ‘Chaîne d’Ancre’ bracelet by Hermès c.1970s. The bracelet is designed as a row of uniform oval ‘anchor’ links in 18ct yellow gold and terminates with a T-bar one end and large circular ring the other to form a toggle clasp.

Further Details

Condition ReportVery fine
Setting18ct yellow gold signed Hermès, numbered and with French maker's marks and assay marks
Weight description70.7 grams
DimensionsLength: 18cm / 7" long
Each link: 1.5cm/0.6" x 1cm/0.3"
Periodcirca 1970s

Directors Notes

The story behind this bracelet, a truly iconic Hermès design, dates back to 1938, when Robert Dumas, a member of the Hermès family was inspired by the shape of the links on a ship’s anchor. He designed a bracelet echoing these and christened it ‘Chaîne d’Ancre’. The bracelet was described by the Maison as a “naturally balanced jewel with a sporty yet chic allure” and they have been reinventing it ever since to form the basis of designs for necklaces, rings, earrings and of course bracelets. This is testament to the enduring appeal of the shape of these links, it is now a classic and instantly recognisable, collectible design.


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The world famous French company Hermès was established in Paris as a harness making shop in 1837 by Thierry Hermès (1801-1878). 

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