Elaborate Vest Chains Worn
On Dark Outfits
The Victorian gentleman wore black. His suits, overcoats and hats were all of this same color. However, he offset this stark look with elaborate accessory pieces. One such was the vest chain.
Vest chains consisted of two long chains fastened together by a ring. This ring held a short chain with a bar at the end, which slipped into a buttonhole in the vest.
One end of the long chain held a watch which slipped into a pocket on one side of the vest. The other end held a variety of vest accessories.
For the smoker, one vest accessory would have to be a cigar cutter. If he could afford it, it would be made of gold.
There were also metal toothpicks (again, of gold, if possible.) The toothpick would screw into a handle and be competely enclosed while it was carried.
Pencils and pens of gold or silver would also be attached to the vest chain. So were charms representing a profession, hobby or fraternal organization.
Any well-dressed gentleman had these necessary items at his fingertips, ready to use or just display, as the occasion demanded
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