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Edwardian Button Hook Necklace

This button hook dates to the early 20th century and more than likely, it once hung from a woman's chatelaine. A chatelaine is a now-obsolete keychain-like accessory that Victorian women would attach to their dresses or belts to keep everyday objects at the ready. Ladies would hold all kinds of things on chatelaines: vinaigrettes for smelling salts, tiny sewing kits, writing implement, or a button hook like this one to fasten tight buttons on gloves, boots, or sleeves. British hallmarks.


  • Materials

    sterling silver (marked), new sterling silver chain

  • Age

    Chester hallmarks for 1902

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 5/8" length including the bale, 20" chain adjustable to 18" or 16"

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