I absolutely love the art nouveau design of this little antique French silver chatelaine piece. It is a rattle and I assume was tied to a ribbon for a baby's use, but would be beautiful on a chain as a pendant or perhaps as an ornament. It has two loops, one smaller one and then a larger / thicker one. This is a French piece dating to the turn of the century / Art Nouveau era. Note - The piece does not come with a chain but I used one of my mine to show you how it would look.
The piece measures 1 3/4 inches in height to the top of the loop and a little over 1 1/4 inches wide. The piece has a punch on the larger loop indicating French solid silver. Please note that all my pieces are in estate condition. The opening / bottom seam of the rattle is bent, like the noisemaker fell out and a new one put in or something, unless it is just crinkled from being pressed on. It does still rattle, but it is kind of a tinny rattle sound.
I see a pin ding to the side with the smaller loop and the rim has that slightly rippled appearance from being pressed together. The larger loop is a bit misshapen and there are two areas with specks of extra silver, one on the bottom of the large loop and one on one of the leaves. Other than that some surface wear throughout from use and polish over the years and a few areas of stubborn tarnish.But Please note this piece is not in mint condition. I have many more pieces of sterling listed so please see my other auctions and create a set! I dearly love, collect, use and sell antique American sterling silver flatware and housewares including Tiffany and Co.
Gorham, Durgin, Shiebler and more! I would be delighted if you'd follow me in my new store. Georg Jensen, the father of Scandinavian Silver, on the occasion of his 60th birthday remarked, Silver is the best material we have.
The character of silver is satisfactorily obstinate, it has to be conquered and then it has the wonderful moonlight luster. [It] can seem like twilight, or, when it dews over, like ground mist rising. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. The item "French Sterling Silver Mistletoe Chatelaine Rattle Pendant Christmas Ornament" is in sale since Wednesday, May 1, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Non-U.
The seller is "callmemouse" and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Luxembourg, Nicaragua, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.