From our Carnet de Bal Collection...
A one of a kind artisan designed piece, a wonderful piece with antique French double bead capped beads completed with a complimentary Rollo link chain. The book hails from C1890 and was on a CHATELAINE. It is an Art Nouveau Silver plated, carnet de bal or Aide Memoire. This piece is quite collectable as it features Mont St Michel, France famous for its fortifications over time.
It is layered with a genuine antique Mother of Pearl Cross.
The reverse features Art Nouveau florals with
The book comes complete with paper and a pencil for writing; which keeps the book closed.
Both sides have a raised relief.
Necklace measures 32" Long; book is 2.75 by 1.75".
History of Mont St Michel
Le Mont-Saint-Michel nt) is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre (0.6 miles) off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. 100 hectares (247 acres) in size, the island has a population of 44 (2009).
The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, fishermen's and farmers' housing.