Victorian Multicolor Swiss Chatelaine Watch with Buckle & Belt Design Motif
Swiss; Unsigned; Unisex; C. 1870
CASE: The.800 silver and white/rose gold, 29mm case has a belt
DIAL: This white porcelain dial displays Roman numerals and java
MOVT: This 6-jewel, key-set movement with cylinder escapement is
gilt with a bridge style layout.
C 2 (The case is in perfect
D 2 (The dial is in perfect
M 2 (The movement is in perfect
R 9 (Rarity on a scale of #1 being
very common to #10 being extremely rare)
Experts Opinion: Having a belt design itself and having the thickest
crystal I’ve seen with a scalloped edge. Treatment makes for a stand-out
in anyone’s collection. BS
An ornamental clasp worn at a woman's waist, attached to a belt or
girdle, with a hook-plate from which are suspended several (usually
five, but up to nine) short chains terminating with rings or swivel
catches to which are attached various small objects for daily household
Early examples had attached a seal and a watch; later, more articles
were added, e.g. keys, watch keys, etui, pomander, scissors, thimble
case, bodkin case, household notebook in a metal case, small purse,
penknife, pin-cushion, and tape measure, as well as sometimes a gridle
book, cameo, charm, and pendants.
Some chatelaines made for men were longer and were worn suspended at
each thigh to conceal the openings on breeches; early examples held a
watch, seals, and charms, but after c. 1800 they were simpler and no
longer held a watch. Some chatelaines had two suspensory chains, joined
at the belt by a short chain.
Chatelaines were made of gold, silver, pinchbeck, cut steel, and later
polished steel, and were ornamented with enameling, beads, beaded
tassels, and sometimes medaillons of wedgwood's jasper; they very rarely
had a gemstone.