This is a most charming chatelaine c1880 in silverplate. The waist plaque has a decorative rectangular black and white enamel plaque of a cherub or putti who appears to be standing behind the gilded bars of a window, and surrounded with foliage and all in a gilt frame. This sits in the centre of a quatrefoil section surrounded with an oval with silvered metal balls. There is a waist hook at the back. This complete waist plaque may initially have had two additional chains either side as there are still existing small rings, and may have been for key and seal with a watch as the appendage from the central major chain. The main chain in the centre has a decorative heart-shaped plaque with a floral pattern and this attaches to a simple swivel. Currently, this holds a most attractive shell-form pin cushion/pin wheel and this nicely compliments the piece and is of appropriate age, c1880. The condition is very good for age with minimal wear to the enamel. This small and attractive chatelaine would be very decorative in one’s collection or could be worn as a feature even on a modern outfit. Length 5.75 ins (14.5cm). Plaque 2.25 ins (8cm). Weight 40 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "How the Watch was Worn - A Fashion for 500 Years", on page 92.
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