This spectacle chatelaine is of classic form. The main piece has an opening at the top which is velvet-lined for placement of the spectacles. The silver has fine scrolling engraving on the front with a cartouche with a monogram EW, and the back is plain. The waist section is a simple broad circle with the top section bending over to form the tongue to go behind a belt or waistband. Both pieces are marked for sterling silver – the waist hook with the date mark for 1898. The mark on the main holder shows significant rubbing from use but it can be clearly seen to be Birmingham with the lion and anchor, date mark markedly rubbed, and the maker H.C. – this implies that this piece was valued and worn. Such examples add to a collection of chatelaines, eyeglasses or could be worn. It has been known for a small piece of lace to be tucked in the top to make a little more of a fashion statement!
Maximum length including waist hook 9 ins (22.9cm). Weight 60 grams.
This item appears in my book, “Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance” on page 170.
Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $32.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Classic Sterling Silver Spectacle Chatelaine, late 19th Century
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