This is a rare and special silver chatelaine crafted by the esteemed silversmith, H.W. Dee, London 1870, with age-appropriate appendages (silver and glass horn perfume/vinaigrette, pencil, scissors holder, notebook, purse and watch) with the addition of a security chain. This chatelaine is most unusual in that it has the watch holder as the waist plaque and it is shown closed and open on a brown silk taffeta gown (see images). The silver and crystal hunting horn perfume bottle/vinaigrette is by Thomas Johnson, TJ, dated London 1875. The vinaigrette is in the broad mouth of the horn and has an attractively decorated silver gilt grille. The cap is decorated with a monogram. The perfume bottle has a cap at the narrow end with an extra sliding silver ring so the chain does not tangle when the cap is unscrewed.This is a lovely quality perfume bottle. The pencil is marked for S. Mordan & Co. It appears that Dee, Johnson, Mordan and Thornhill collaborated on chatelaines of this era. The other pieces may be silverplate. The scissors case may not fit a pair of scissors. It is of interest that two watch chatelaines were exhibited by Martin, Vaskett & Martin of Cheltenham, 1851 in “The Industry of All Nations” and were described as “Port-Montre and Chatelaine” (see last image). Actual examples of a watch held in this manner are however, extremely rare. The watch holder is opened by releasing a small lever at the top and currently it holds a watch of appropriate size (not working). This is also displayed in the images. The overall condition is excellent for age. This would be an absolutely stunning item to add to a collection of watch chatelaines or unusual and special fashion accessories. Maximum length 13 ins (33cm). Diameter watch holder 1.5 ins (3.75cm). Weight 302 grams. This item can be seen in the book “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 85. Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $31.00 USD. This item is covered by our own insurance policy.
Rare Silver Watch Chatelaine by H.W. Dee, London, 1870
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