Absolutely amazing Ancient Roman silver chatelaine.
This extremely rare and amazing find is in absolutely unbelievable condition for the age, it is an amazing heirloom piece and came from a private collection from an avid collector of ancient jewelry, a very wealthy estate in the Cotswolds UK.
The chatelaine features a Croton Roman silver coin with tripod and Greek deity. Coin dates Circa 505.
It has a top hook for attaching to the belt next to it the coin and another religious disc featuring a man at an alter and two other religious figure on the reverse.
This then leads down to a silver clasp which when studied carefully is not just a clasp but is a face, possibly of Pan this holds 4 silver chains which are gathered again at the bottom with the same face and below this a hoop / clasp to attach to it tools.
Ancient Roman women wore chatelaines to carry around personal hygiene equipment such as nail cleaners etc.
Personal hygiene was of Great importance to the ancient Romans and the chatelaine was a sought after item usually made from base metal such as bronze this one being made from silver would have belonged to a wealthy Roman lady of some standing.
This piece dates from the 1st century and is therefore not hallmarked however it tests as silver and test results will be provided with the item.
11.5" in length.
An incredible piece of history of museum quality from a prestigious estate collection.
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