This large ornate Edwardian sterling silver chatelaine was made in 1902 by well regarded Birmingham silversmith Lawrence Emanuel, known for crafting high-end decorative items for ladies and gentlemen including small boxes, vestas, picture frames, buttons and buckles among others. This unusual silver chatelaine features 5 highly detailed cast medallions, each of which bears a Neoclassical design. The medallions are connected to each other with large jump rings.
The largest medallion depicts a maiden wearing a foliate crown on her head and a large necklace around her neck. Her head is flanked by wing-like shapes, the surfaces of which are stamped with a quilted pattern. The woman is surmounted by a shield-shaped cartouche bearing a seated putto wearing a quiver of arrows over his shoulder and a large bow in his hands. The medallion immediately beneath the maiden bears a large bird with floral groupings located beneath its outstretched wings. The medallion at the center bears the same decoration as the medallion at the apex while the one underneath features a putto playing a horn. The medallion at the bottom depicts a putto armed with a large spear aimed at a lion. The 5 medallions are flanked by chains made up of stamped links in alternating shapes which are connected to each other by large jump rings.
The bottom portion of the chatelaine has 3 chains which are also constructed of alternating stamped links connected by jump rings. Each chain terminates in a swivel catch "dog clasp". The chain at the left holds a cylindrical needle case with etched foliate motifs that was made by Birmingham silversmith Frances Webb in 1906. The decoration includes a cartouche bearing a hand engraved monogram executed in period script. The central chain is connected to a vesta match safe with a hinged lid manufactured by Birmingham silversmith TH Hazelwood in 1898. The vesta is equipped with a ridged striker on the bottom and comes complete with blue-tipped matches. The chain at the far right carries a sterling pencil case that retains a lead pencil. The pencil case was made by Francis Webb in 1907 and is decorated with an etched foliate motif with a vacant rectangular cartouche. The back of the chatelaine is finished with a large sterling belt hook designed to fit over a waistband.
The medallion at the top has a 4 part hallmark at the far left designating the maker Lawrence Emanuel, anchor for the Birmingham Assay Office, lion passant, and letter "C" for 1902. Each medallion carries the lion passant and "C" for 1902, as does the back of the belt hook. The 3 attachments are all fully and properly marked as seen in the photos.
The chatelaine measures 13.25" from the uppermost part of the medallion at the top to the bottom of the pencil case. The largest medallion is 2" across at the widest point. The needle case is 2.5" from the top of the jump ring to the bottom of the cap. The vesta is 1.75" by 1" and is .325" thick. The pencil case is 3.5" long, .325" wide and just over .125" thick. The chatelaine and attachments have a combined weight of 108 grams.
The chatelaine is in very good condition showing appropriate signs of age/use consisting of light marks and minor tarnish to the silver. The cap on the needle case slides on and off easily and closes securely, keeping the contents safely inside. The vesta has some light dents that are mentioned for accuracy. The hinged lid is fully functional, opening easily and closing securely. The cap on the pencil case slides on and off easily and the pencil itself retains sufficient lead for use.
This hard to find silver chatelaine would be a fantastic addition to a collection of Edwardian silver jewelry/accessories or looks lovely displayed on its own. An elegant piece.
Antique Edwardian Neoclassical Sterling Silver Chatelaine Lawrence Emanuel with Accessories by Frances Webb and TH Hazelwood