Victorian Silver Chatelaine
Page 2 of Silver
A small silver pencil (no lead) with an orange/yellow
coloured stone or coloured glass inserted at top.
Whole attached to main chain by single chain link.
Approximately 1 1/2 inches long.
Thimble holder and thimble, the holder having a
velvet-like material insert. The thimble holder
is hallmarked for Birmingham 1890 (May-July as there
is no monarch’s head present on hallmark)
with maker’s initials ‘N&H’
for Nathan Hayes. The thimble case is decorated
with simple raised lines, and has a cartouche on
either side. There is a border of leaves at the
top and bottom of the case which terminates in an
acorn-style finial. The thimble is hallmarked Chester
1890 (May-July similarly to the case) and the whole
is secured to the chain by way of a double link
chain attached to either side of the thimble case.
Small silver notepad containing
four thin sheets of ivory, with a similar ivory sheet
attached to the inside of the notebook covers. The ivory
sheets are moveable by way of a small hinge at the top
of the sheets and there is a locking device by way of
a small hook at the bottom so that the sheets are kept
in place. The booklet is rectangular in shape with concave
ends and there is a gadroon design along the edge of both
covers with flower and fauna impressed decoration to the
surface. There are also central cartouches to both of
the outside covers. The booklet is hallmarked for Birmingham
1900 and the maker's initials 'HM' for H. Mathews is stamped
on the outside cover. The whole is attached to the chain
by way of an eyelet attachment which also functions as
the hinge for the ivory sheets.
1 of Silver Chatelaine Feature
A long, cylindrical, silver match-holder, which
comprises two parts, the main body and a top which
is removable. The holder has a cartouche to the
front of the main body and both top and bottom are
decorated with foliage, flowers and scroll motifs.
There is overall sign of wear and there is evidence
of an old repair to the upper internal rim section
of the main body. The top and bottom are both hallmarked
for Birmingham 1911 and the maker’s initials
‘MT&B’ are visible on both parts.
The whole is attached to the chain by way of a double
length of small linked chain attached to the main
body and passing through four eyelets, two located
on either side of the top component.
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