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FRENCH STERLING Silver Antique Art NOUVEAU Woman CHERUB CHATELAINE Compact Necklace AB Crystal Beads-n-ss2m

Recently acquired in our buying trip in the French Riviera....
This superb French Victorian Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Chatelaine Compact with a Woman and Cherub motif is simply dripping with Romance!!!
The raised detail cannot be appreciated in the attached photos, it is superb.
It was originally suspended on a Chatelaine. See below for details)
The compact has been made into a pendant an antique French Aurora Borealis Crystal beads. The Crystals are faceted and have a most unusual shape, simply stunning.  
I added a small Heart and delicate Pearl,
which symbolizes Purity, Spiritual Transformation, Charity, Honesty, Wisdom and Integrity, all the best within us.
 Truly a One of a Kind find with a very French demeanor with
TWO mirrors, one on the outsite of the back as well as another one inside.
Necklace measures a generous 34" long,  compact is 1.5" W by 2.5" Long.
Would make a great Pill box. 

Chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. Each chain is mounted with a useful household appendage such as scissors, thimble, watch, key, vinaigrette, household seal, etc.

Chatelaines were worn by many housekeepers in the 19th century. They were also worn by Anglo Saxon women, as seen from the burial record.

The name chatelaine derives from the French term châtelaine used to mean the female owner, or wife of the owner, of a large house. Originally the chatelaine was designed to have all the tools necessary for the woman of the household to sort out any problem she may encounter in her day, like a fraying curtain, however with time the chatelaine and the objects it held evolved from being a purely utilitarian object into a decorative symbol that reflected the status of the wearer.

Lynn Konrad

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