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Coin Silver Chinese Opium Chatelaine, Late Qing

Coin Silver Chinese Opium Chatelaine, Late Qing

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 717980

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A silver Chinese opium chatelaine. Chatelaines are clips which were worn at the waist with chains suspended from them to hold a variety of useful items. On this chatelaine the tweezers were used to put a small amount of opium in the pipe damper (bowl), the small spoon was used to tamp the opium in the damper, and the pointed tool was used to clean out the hole in the opium damper A nice detail I observed is that a stylized hand was carved at the end of the 2 outside tools where they attach to the chain (see photo). A solid silver gourd (symbol of longevity) which decorates upper chain is beautifully carved with flowers with a happiness symbol carved into the bottom. In excellent condition, the chatelaine’s total length is 13” and each tool measures about 3” long. Circa 1850 – 1880.