This interesting piece is in the design of a high relief cameo backed by a chatelaine hook in near-black/dark brown. The cameo is attached to a chain with a metal hook at the end and is of vulcanite or gutta percha. As this example has a long chain it could possibly have been used for a fan as not all fans seen in fashion plates have an additional hook attachment at the waist. It also looks totally appropriate for attaching a watch. If a watch was worn it would be draped across the body and placed in a watch pocket or behind a belt. This piece is in very fine condition with three damaged links that have been reinforced with thread. The fact of the repairs implies that this was a valued item that the owner wished to continue wearing. This would be an appropriate item to add to your Civil-War era or mourning gown display or if you are into “Goth” – or just like black jewelry. Total length 18.75 ins. (47.5cm), waist plaque 2.5 ins (6.4cm). Weight 24 grams. This item appears in my book, "How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years" on page 78.