Gold "olive blossom" chain. (1715 Fleet)
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Gold "olive blossom" chain. (1715 Fleet)

Currency:USD Category:Antiques / Jewelry & Watches Start Price:4,000.00 USD Estimated At:4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD
Gold  olive blossom  chain. (1715 Fleet)
Gold "olive blossom" chain. 21" long, 29.9 grams. When the famous "dragon whistle" (recently in the news for a change in ownership) was found by Kip Wagner's nephew Rex Stocker on the beach in 1962, it was accompanied by an 11-foot length of gold chain of a ornate design consisting of countless small, hand-crafted links, each of which is basically a 2-sided, 6-petalled flower (usually called "olive blossom"), and this type of chain was found many times over in various lengths throughout all the years of salvaging the 1715 Fleet, leading many to believe they were a form of tax-free alternative to coins (hence the oft-used term "money chain"). Our specimen here is a perfect length for wearing, but note also that it is nearly equivalent to the weight of an 8 escudos in its time. With hand-signed Jack Haskins certificate from 1986. Recovered from: 1715 Fleet, east coast of Florida