This piece is an excellent example of a style of chatelaine that dates from the late 19th – early 20th century. These are called finger ring chatelaines and were worn with the ring component over the gloved fifth finger and draped either across or through the hand to produce a fashionable pose. This one is of sterling silver with a maker’s mark and the word Sterling on the back of the notebook. Three of the four pieces have a matching monogram of Chinoiserie. The pieces include a sovereign case for gold sovereigns, a notebook with multiple leaves, a pencil and a perfume bottle. The notebook includes a number of small partial messages and the perfume bottle has a screw-on screw-off top. The condition is very good for age. This is a lovely example with character and would be a super item to add to a collection of chatelaines or feature amongst a collection of various fashion accessories. The lady of the day would only have carried a small purse and the chatelaine was a partial solution to this predicament. If attached to a silver chatelaine waist plaque, this could also be worn from the waist. Length 8 ins (20.2cm). Weight 58 grams. This item appears in my book, “chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance” on page 277. Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $22.00. This item is covered by own insurance policy.
Stylish Sterling Silver Complete Finger Ring Chatelaine, Chinese Monogram, c1900
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