Dramatic Vulcanite Chatelaine with Chain, Late 19th CenturyDramatic Vulcanite Chatelaine with Chain, Late 19th CenturyDramatic Vulcanite Chatelaine with Chain, Late 19th CenturyDramatic Vulcanite Chatelaine with Chain, Late 19th CenturyDramatic Vulcanite Chatelaine with Chain, Late 19th CenturyDramatic Vulcanite Chatelaine with Chain, Late 19th CenturyDramatic Vulcanite Chatelaine with Chain, Late 19th Century

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. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $40.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.

Item ID: GEC-00299


Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Dark Brown/Black, Size: Total length with chain 14.5 ins (36.8cm). Maximum length of plaque 5.25 ins (13.4cm). Weight 36 grams.

Dramatic Vulcanite Chatelaine with Chain, Late 19th Century

$550 USD

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