Towards the end of the 19th century, chatelaines were quite the rage. One specific maker (MT) specialized in producing gorgeous and stylish examples mainly using non-precious metals but with very special decoration to make extremely wearable pieces. All of these have a distinctive waist hook and the mark MT with two dots above the initial and a star beneath. It has been proposed that this maker may be Thierry Michelot (a French maker) but this has not yet been proven as many of the records in Europe were lost during the wars. They may also be of other European origin. This maker was quite prolific and also made a number of fashion accessory chatelaines for needlework, fans, dance and general purpose. This piece is probably one of the prettiest of the numerous examples by this maker that we have viewed. The chatelaine is of silvered metal or silver plate with decorative chains and pierced metal framing to the two feature cameos. Each cameo shows a beautiful lady with grapes and grape leaves adorning their hair, with both against a brown background. The material of the cameos is unknown. The back, including the perfume bottle, is plain. The perfume bottle has a hinged top and currently no internal stopper. The waist hook is of the classic open MT style and features this maker’s mark. At the front is a ring for a chain and on the other side a hook which would have been for a fan with its chain attached to the small ring. This piece was acquired from the collection of the late Nerylla Taunton who was a renowned expert on antique needlework tools and fashion accessories and co-author with myself of the book, “Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance”. This piece appears on page 139 of our book. It is in very good condition for age. This is such an appealing example that it would be a superb piece to add to a collection of perfume bottles, fashion accessories or unusual chatelaines. Maximum length 6.75 ins (17.2cm). Weight 72 grams. Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $18.00 USD – with no tracking is cheaper. This item is covered by own insurance policy. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
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