Early E.A. Bliss jewelry is extremely rare and collectible. The early beginnings of what became the current Napier Company, Bliss and Carpenter started in 1875, when E.A. Bliss and J.E. Carpenter acquired the Whitney and White Company.
Soon after, the company became E.A. Bliss Co.
E.A. Bliss Co. jewelry is difficult enough to find, so when we found this E.A. Bliss chatelaine it was like a dream come true.
There are four pieces that make up this chatelaine; each one is embellished with incredibly delicate gilt filigree. The first piece is a darling rouge-pot with an embellished lid that closes securely.
Upon lifting the lid, you can see the EAB honey bee hallmark clearly stamped on the interior. This mark was first used in the 1890's until approximately 1917.
The gilding that you see here is achieved by covering the metals in a very light gold wash.
The calling card case has the same pierced filigree on each side and features a nice, tight spring action allowing it to open and close without need for any kind of clasp.
There is no visible hallmark on the card case though it matches the others precisely.
The lipstick container boasts filigree on the body as well as the hinged lid. It is stuck in the "up" position but remains completely clean on the inside.
The EAB honey bee hallmark is clearly stamped on the underside of the container.
Finally, the chatelaine is made perfectly complete by the perfume bottle. The gilt filigree wraps flawlessly around a glass bottle and features a smooth, hinged stopper at the top.
Incredibly, the original glass wand remains perfectly intact inside the bottle. The wand's tiny handle shows its original gilding around the top. You can see the EAB honey bee on the underside of the bottle.
Each piece has two lengths of brass chain suspending it from a spring-ring which is in turn joined to a large brass loop at the very top.
There is some darkening, but this is commensurate with the age of the chatelaine and to be expected.
It can truly be said that an E.A. Bliss piece of this caliber is a work of art.
Ideal for the discerning collector of elegant, high-quality antique items, this is a wonderful example of early E.A. Bliss.
Rouge pot: 1 ¼" diameter, ¾" tall
Calling card case: 3 1/8" tall, 2 1/8" wide, Approx. ¼" thick
Rouge case: 1 7/8" tall, ½" wide
Perfume bottle: 2 ¾" tall, Approx. 5/8" wide, glass wand measures 2 ½" long, 3mm-7mm wide
Total weight of chatelaine: 100.1 grams (3.53 oz)
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