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Chain types

Symbolically, the chain represents bonds and communication, matrimony, social or physic integration.

There are many chain types, some of which are:

  • anchor: has links of the form used in anchors
  • band: series of interlocking links that form a wide, flexible, flat band
  • curb: the links are twisted so that they lie flat, a common pattern
  • fancy: developments and combinations of different types
  • fetter: originally a chain for the feet to hinder movement, now a chain in which long links are combined with an alternation of a series of short links
  • rope: a chain of interlocking links, flexible and ropelike
  • trace: equal sized, oval, looped links which when stretched will not lie flat because of the alternating horizontal and vertical placement of the links
  • venetian: interlocking squares

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