This is a particularly rare perfume bottle chatelaine as it is of 18 carat gold. It dates from the early 19th century, from the Regency period. The waist plaque and perfume bottle are deeply chased with floral themes surrounded by decorative gold borders. The chains themselves are also very decorative. The waist plaque holds the classic smaller tongue of the period for securing it to the garment, and has as well a ring at the top through which a chain could be passed for extra decoration and security. This style of wearing chatelaines was classic for the era and can be seen in one of the images. The decorative cap for the perfume bottle is hinged at the back which opens to reveal the original stopper which is of gold with a small ring at the top and cork to pass inside the neck of the bottle. This is rather stiff to take out and replace but can be firmly eased back into correct position. The hallmarks are present on the tongue of the waist plaque and one further mark on the bottle itself – one mark in each site appears to be the French ram’s head as far as we can tell, and this indicates 18 carat gold and dates the item to 1819-1938. This piece is in excellent condition for age and it would be a fabulous addition to a collection of perfume bottles or extraordinary chatelaines, and is of museum quality. Maximum length 5.5 ins (14cm), maximum width of perfume bottle 1.6 ins (4cm). Weight 28 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 61. Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $23.00 USD – with no tracking is cheaper. This item is covered by own insurance policy. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
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