Antique sterling Chatelaine dance card compact coin holder mechanic......
This late 1800's all original finger chatelaine has 4 pieces which include a compact, an extending mechanical pencil, a cannonball shaped coin holder and dance cards with the original names on the simulated ivory pages. It is hard to come across something that has all the original pieces, especially since it is well over 100 years old. Chatelaines were primary made to be useful, but later they became quite the fashion accessory. This one would have been taken to a dance so that gentlemen could put their name on the card and be allowed to dance with the beautiful young lady who owned this. This has the original writing with names like Samuel and Fisher along with the state they came from This also is engraved on the sterling slider case wit the initials JTS. Those same initials are on the compact ( no mirror) which lets you know that these pieces all came together. What is so neat about the coin case ( besides looking like a miniature cannon ball or musket ball, is that it would have held a dime. TO you and I, this is not a lot of money, but in the late 1800's this was worth quite a lot of money. I would imagine the woman who owned this, probably came from a prosperous family and the gentleman would have been clammering to dance and later marry her. Inside the ball coin purse it is marked sterling, an S in a shield and the number 2458. Those marks are also on the compact ( which has beautiful gold wash on the inside). The longest this measures from end to end is 9". IT has not been polished in order to keep its original patina.
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