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Chatelaine

1939.653 (RS7744)

Description

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.

Details

Label
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.
Maker
unknown
Date
1873
Inscriptions
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
Material
silver (metal)
Object type
Clothing; Clothing Accessories
Descriptive terms
Chatelaine
chatelaines
fasteners
silver (metal)
Dimensions
2 x 1 (WxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1939.653
GUSN
103212
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