Metal chatelaine with a lion head surrounded by curling ribbons and bell flower swags, four chains attached with a winged lion charm, a watch case, a coin, and a flat circular charm with Islamic writing.
This may be a souvenir chatelaine from a European trip taken in 1873, as the winged lion is a symbol of St. Mark, the patron of Venice, Italy. The other charms indicate travel to (or at least souvenirs from) Germany and an Islamic country.
Lion charm: " PAK / TIEI / MARC / EDI / GEU / MEUD"
Coin: "DEUTSCHE REICH 1873 / 20 / PFENNING" (The Lion's inscription is in Latin. Translated roughly, it means "Peace be upon you, O Mark, my Evangelist" Venetian legend holds that an angel reportedly said this to St. Mark when he stood near the lagoon that would become one day Venice.)
- Location of origin
- American or European
- Object type
- Clothing; Clothing Accessories
- Descriptive terms
- 2 x 1 (WxD) (inches)
- Accession Number
- Related Items
Title Package of hairpins Accession number 1939.651 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Charles and E. Sohier Welch:
Title Package of hairpins Accession number 1939.652
Title Chatelaine Accession number 1939.653
Title d - 4 hatpins Accession number 1939.656 a