Continental Gilt Metal Chatelaine Purse Antique Edwardian c1910.
A stunning chatelaine purse dating from around 1910, the Edwardian era. A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp with a series of chains hanging from it, from each chain hung a useful household item such as scissors, watches, glasses case, sewing bits, seals and stamps and of course the all important vinaigrette to keep away those bad smells. The chatelaine was also used as a woman's key chain it showed the status of women in a household. The senior woman of the house had access to and responsibility of all the valuables at the property. It was fashionable for younger, lowlier women to wear chatelaines with various object hanging from it to create the illusion of keys and therefore status and responsibility. They were very much the tool belt of the times. This one has a beautiful purse made from individual little pieces of metal creating a lovely, tactile chain mail style bag knotted at the bottom forming a delightful tassel. Its lid is wonderfully decorated as is the chatelaine belt hook. Gorgeous.
Size 26.3 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm or 10.4 x 1.8 x 1.8 inches.
56.6 grams to n36.4 penny weight.