A victorian silver plate ornate Chatelaine, with five appendages, four silver plate and one sterling silver.
A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. Each chain is mounted with useful household appendages such as scissors, thimbles, watches, keys, vinaigrette, etc. In some cases as this one, it would have been worn out probably for an evening of dancing or socializing.
The top of the Chatelaine is quite ornate with its wonderful repousse and three large emerald colored poured glass stones. Each of the five appendages represent a function.
The first item is an ornate silver chatelaine notebook or "aide memoire" with scrolls and flowers. The pages inside are celluloid. If you look closely you can still see some of the notes this woman wrote in her notebook.
Second is a retractable pencil without its lead.
The third item is a small box, which would have held something useful, such as stamps or a seal.
The fourth item is a mirror which is the only piece marked Sterling (with a maker's hallmark). The workmanship on this mirror is beautiful and the beveled glass in intact, however, the mirror is quite deteriorated. It can be replaced easily if desired.
The fifth item is an open filigree container with green rhinestones which I believe would have been a vinaigrette, a small decorative container that held vinegar-soaked sponges.
With the exception of the mirror all the pieces are silver plate and may have been original to the chatelaine. But it was not uncommon to the Chatelaine era to add and change different implements to the chatelaine over time.
Sizes, The clip measures, 4 inches wide. The chains are 4.1/4" in length. Total length from clip to the longest central item is 9.1/2" long. If you want any other specific measurements please email me.