This is a most attractive single-purpose chatelaine most likely for a pair of scissors. The waist plaque has decorative engraving including a stylized plant in an urn. It has a monogram on the back for ‘T.O’ and Continental marks, and is most likely French. The waist plaque has an S-shaped hook from its single hole and this attaches to another cut-out small panel from which hang two double chains. At the bottom of these chains are a further two silver S-shaped hooks. It is usual for this type of chatelaine to have such hooks rather than swivels. The lower hooks would almost certainly have been attached to a pair of scissors. The waist plaque, the chain and the S-hooks test to the quality of sterling silver. The overall condition is very good for age. This lovely example would be a great addition to a collection of chatelaines or needlework tools and it could well be possible to find a similar 19th century pair of scissors to attach to complete the item, or to add one or two appendages if desired. Images exist of ladies of the 19th century wearing scissors on such a chatelaine. Plaque measures 3.5ins (9cms), maximum length 14.5ins (36.8cms). Weight 66 grams.
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