Silver gilt, gold, enamel, ivory, chalcedony, glass, paint
overall (box): 2 1/8 x 8 1/4 x 4 3/8 in. ( 5.4 x 21 x 11.1 cm ) overall (chatelaine): 1 1/8 x 4 3/8 x 7 5/8 in. ( 2
Chased silver gilt chatelaine with miniature on ivory, charms and watch; obverse of hook depicts a classical market setting with Roman soldier and male figure in toga, with scrolled outer edges, suspending four chains with swivel catches, center chain consists of three medallions joined with chain link findings, top medallion depicts a cherub, middle medallion depicts a Roman soldier at rest, the bottom medallion depicts an armored knight with lance and shield, all medallions surrounded with scroll work; this center chain suspends a pair-case watch from a swivel catch, plain box watch is housed in removable hinged case with rinceau design surrounding watch face, classical figures feasting depicted on reverse; center chain is flanked with two shorter chains on either side, three chains suspending four 19th century charms, an ovoid bloodstone (?) container with hinged lid, a padlock shaped charm, small coral trumpet, and an oculus with flower painted on one side, locket on the opposite side; the outer right chain suspends an oval miniature; chatelaine housed in wooden box with lid that slides off and on resting in grooves around the inside rim.
Gift of Mrs. Edward Rutledge and daughters
engraved: reverse of hook: "Henry and Cornelia Remsen / M 28 Dec. 1761" stamped: reverse of hook: "WB" engraved: reverse of miniature: "John Henry Remsen / B 2 Aug. 1772 / D 15 Sept. 1798"
This chatelaine was given to Cornelia Dickenson Remsen as a wedding gift when she married Henry Remsen in 1761. The miniature is of their fifth child, John Henry (1772-1798).