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Hand Carved Mother of Pearl and Silver Clam Shell with silver floral overlay and hinged lid.

It's Victorian style and extraordinary craftsmanship this little bottle is made from exceptional Mother-of-Pearl, and framed in an open-bezel of rich patina of brass or silver. This may have been part of a Victorian accessory chatelaine. Where the Victorian Lady had several necessities all together on a chain that hung on her waist.


A finely crafted floral crown adorns the cap and holds the respective sides of the chain in place.

The lid of the cap is also a piece of hand carved mother of pearl.

The crown features two loops on either side, to hold the chain.

The cap has a tiny hinge on the back and clicks closed, and works splendidly.

The front of the shell has been hand carved with a lattice window.

The piece has wonderful smooth texture and beautiful iridescence on the shell.

This is an extraordinary piece of old-world elegance. In excellent antique condition overall.

Measurements: Total length: 3 3/4", 6" w/ chain
Mother-of-Peal Body without crown and tip: 2 1/4" long, 1 13/4" wide, 1 1/8" deep

This is a very unique piece, I have been unable to find another one like it.

FYI - From a kind fellow Etsian:
"Probably so the Victorian lady could put inside a piece of cotton soaked in a strong pleasant odor, so that she could hold it to her nose when encountering all-to-common unpleasant odors."

Pictures can not represent the beauty of this piece. Free Shipping to the Continental U.S.

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Victorian Chatelaine Clam Shell Perfumer Mother of Pearl Silver


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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Only ships within United States.
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