The clip of this elaborately embossed Sterling Silver chatelaine is decorated with a cherub encircled with garland in high relief. Attached to the clip are five chains with assorted implements. The chatelaine has a nice weight and would be comfortable to wear. Accessories include: (1) a small silver mesh coin purse, (2) small embossed pill box with scroll design and engraved monogram and gilt interior, (3) note pad with thin celluloid wafers including a few with personalized notes dated 1898 with the front decorated with four cherubs and engraved monogram on reverse, (4) scent bottle with all-over serpent design and (5) small round mirror with design matching pill box and monogram on reverse. Marked "Sterling, 56" on back of belt clip with each accessory stamped "Sterling". All have nice original patina.
Measures: Chatelaine (as shown) measures 9 1/2" long (including clip and chains) and belt clip alone measures 3 3/4" high and 2 1/2" wide. Combined weight is 135 grams.
Condition: Silver is in excellent Estate condition with no noted flaws reflecting only minimal signs of normal wear.
A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook/clasp made to hang at a Victorian ladies waist to hold a series of chains for attaching assorted sewing items or "dress" accessories as desired by the wearer. At the time, chatelaines were considered a symbol of wealth for proper Victorian ladies.
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