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This Chatelaine is 1800's Victorian and features an elaborate floral design that was once enameled. The gemstone is antique jade. I have no way of knowing if the jade is original to the piece, as the literature below indicates the insert could have been a cameo. I love the little hands that hold the instruments to the chain!!

The chatelaine may be a mix of English and Chinese Victorian bits and pieces, as the utensils and Jade Lotus Flower appear to be consistent with Chinese Victorian chatelaines. However the centerpiece and chain are very English. This piece may have been cobbled together as it traveled through time.

It's total length - 12.25" from top to tip of longest instrument.

Centerpiece measures - Apprx. 2" x 1.25" with a depth of 3/16"

I have not cleaned this for fear of ruining what is left of the enameling. What you see in the pictures is how I found it. No greening (as would indicate brass), no corrosion, no pitting.

I have not had this tested for metal content, but will for serious buyers. The drive to melt precious metals really disturbs me; because doing so melts away a wealth of history and craftsmanship. But for those interested? None of it holds a magnet. Because of the quality - the chain may be 9kt gold or pinchbeck, a gold colored alloy of zinc and copper. I feel the centerpiece is gold. At some point, somebody put tiny little pinpricks and threaded a very fine wire through the non-enameled side, by the hinge for the chain, to hold it in place. Brass would not be so easy to pierce with such a fine, almost invisable hole.

The term “Chatelaine” is a French word that means keeper of the house and was originally used to describe a guard that kept the keys to a castle in the middle ages. By the 18th and 19th centuries they evolved into a type of functional jewelry item worn by the woman of the house throughout affluent European residences. They were a type of fashion accessory and viewed as a reflection of a family’s wealth, as much as a utilitarian instrument. The style of Chatelaines became more ornate and many times they were made of gold or sterling silver and decorated with gemstones or cameos. Some had elaborate repousse or enamel designs that depicted religious or nature scenes. Many jewelers saved their best efforts and designs to use on women’s chatelaines. They were often given as a wedding gift from a husband to his new wife.
(Adapted from: http://charmchatter.com/antique-chatelaines-and-their-history )

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1800's Victorian Antique Chatelaine, Gold, Jade, Enameled , Flowers, Bumblebee


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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: gold, jade, sterling silver
  • Only ships within United States.
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