Sterling Silver Chatelaine with Miniature Perfume c1900-1903
Beautifully designed and made, well hall-marked, this antique chatelaine is a sight to behold. It is solid sterling silver. The chatelaine itself is marked for London and was made 1900-1901. The maker's mark JT was most likely for John Tiley, silversmith in London from 1898-1905. The perfume has a very pretty motif of repousse shamrocks with a chased dotted frame, both front and back. This piece is hallmarked for Birmingham, 1902-3 and the maker's mark is for Henry Williamson Ltd.
The chatelaine originally had a clip in back, by which it was suspended from a sash or belt. Converted sometime in the past, the chatelaine now is a brooch with an early 20th century pin clasp at the back. Conversion back to the original hook style should be easy for a jeweler.
Entire piece measures 8 1/4" long. The top is 4 1/2" X 3"; the perfume is 2 1/2" X 1 3/8". The chain from which the perfume hangs is 2" long on either side. All is in remarkably fine condition, save for a couple of tiny dings on the perfume screw-top lid. Free USA shipping.