The beautiful, ornate waist plaque, made by the American maker Shreve & Co., attaches to the waist with a large brooch pin rather than a waist-hook, a feature frequently seen on American chatelaines. It has seven chains. The style of most of the appendages is typically American and comprise of a tape measure, strawberry emery cushion, needle book, scissors in scabbard, vinaigrette, Unger thimble case, and a heart-shaped pin cushion. The only pieces which have marks are the scissors’ scabbard (which appears to be English, Birmingham 1899) and the thimble holder which has a faint ‘925 fine’ mark and is of the style frequently associated with Unger, with a post in the centre of the container. It currently holds a silver thimble (maker’s mark for Charles Horner, Chester c1909). The scissors have steel points which cut to the tips. The heart-shaped pin cushion is marked ‘Sterling’. The vinaigrette is in the form of an acorn and has an internal attractive grille – this appears a little top heavy so has been weighted with a small bead. The interior is very faintly gilded. The needle book has flannel leaves and closes with a little delicate hook. The strawberry emery has lost the colour of the fabric but is still original and the tape measure does not spontaneously retract but with care can be eased back into the body of the piece – it is measured in inches. The brooch pin is not incredibly secure and the swivel on one chain does not close well. This is a most decorative needlework chatelaine of mainly American origin and presents beautifully when displayed. Maximum length 14.5 ins (36.8cm). Weight 188 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "Chatelaines - Utility to Glorious Extravagance", on page 218.
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