This stunning vulcanite (gutta percha) chatelaine was possibly for mourning or to make a strong statement against a light contrasting coloured outfit. The waist plaque is moulded as a large flower with leaves and possibly berries. It has three attached dangling adornments (see images). At the centre a ring has been passed through it, attaching to a long graduated oval-linked chain which terminates with a black painted hook for attachment of an appendage. The actual plaque is not pure black but has a slightly bronze hue but the chain is a more dense black. The clip on the back of the chatelaine appears to be a pliable piece of celluloid that is secured with tiny brass screws to the back of the vulcanite. The chain would have an appendage such as a watch attached and this could be placed in a watch pocket or behind a belt. It is in excellent condition for age. This is an item that could be easily worn today matched with an appropriate necklace or brooch to make an ensemble a total standout. Total length with chain 14.5 ins (36.8cm). Maximum length of plaque 5.25 ins (13.4cm). Weight 36 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 78.
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