This is a very pleasing complete chatelaine for a folding eyeglass. The chatelaine itself has waist plaque and matching holder in cut-out foliate gilt metal with the holder lined with velvet. It is the exact size and shape for a folding eyeglass and one is included. The eyeglass itself magnifies quite satisfactorily and is marked Made in England on the handle. The chatelaine is unmarked. The condition of the whole piece is very good for age and it is a special bonus to have such an item with its appropriate contents. This would make a lovely addition to a collection of more unusual chatelaines and would be of great interest to those fascinated with the history of ophthalmic requirements. Items such as this can also look very elegant when worn on a formal gown. Maximum length 6.5 ins (16.5cm). Weight 78 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 217.
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