This silver chatelaine with classic Art Nouveau foliage waist plaque has several interesting features. The tongue of the plaque is clearly hallmarked as imported sterling silver, London 1902. It is also marked 930 silver from its country of origin, and a clear maker’s mark which appears to be for Simon Rosenau, a renowned Jewish German silversmith. It has three chains – two at the front and one at the lower end of the tongue of the waist plaque. This would therefore have hung behind the belt and was likely to have been used for a coin purse or keys to make them secure and out of site. The two front chains with swivels could have been for two compatible items, or possibly for a pair of spectacles or a larger purse. The swivels may not be original as they have different maker’s marks, and the one on the left side closes but not as well as the other two. Otherwise, the condition is very good for age. This would be a very stylish chatelaine to wear with your choice of appendages or to add to a collection of these intriguing fashion accessories.
Maximum length 7.5 ins (19cm). Weight 46 grams.
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Interesting Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Chatelaine with Security Chain, c1902
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