This is a typical chatelaine from which to hang a pair of scissors. The waist plaque consists of a shield with a tongue at the back to go behind the belt or skirt, and a single loop at the bottom which passes to two long chains. These chains at both the top and the bottom have S-shaped hooks for attachment rather than swivels. This piece is attached to a pair of decorative medium-sized scissors which have loops on the handles so this was always meant to hang from such a pair of chains. The handle has a further section which has decorative engraving and the blades are of steel. The waist plaque has Continental marks on the back but appears to test for silverplate. The scissors test for sterling silver. The steel blades do not meet at the point and would therefore not be suitable for practical use. The steel blades do show rust changes. Although the scissors and waist plaque are not of matching design, they appear to have been together for some considerable time. Images of ladies in the 19th century show them wearing such a scissors chatelaine although it is possible people could choose to add a different accessory. This would be a nice addition to a collection of chatelaines or needlework tools. Plaque 2.5 ins (6.3cm), total length 27.25 ins (68.5cm). Weight 110 grams.
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