Art Nouveau Chatelaine Aide de Memoire
A beautiful antique Art Nouveau aide de memoire pendant to suspend from a chatelaine complete with original pencil and lead. Decorated with a poppy seed embossed design the carnet de bal (dance card) is rendered in a silver plate and when the pencil is removed, the top flips open to reveal paper to write upon. There is a large cartouche where initials can be engraved and personalizing. The aide de memoire (memory aid) is French in origin. Wonderful for a dear friend, anniversary or even for layering with others pendants.
Materials: Silver plate
Measurements: 3 inches tall and 1 7/8 inches wide
Date: Circa late 1800s to very early 1900s
Weight: 39 grams
Condition: Very good with the embossed design crisp showing normal age appropriate wear to the sections that were used the most such as the pencil tip and the hinge. The silver plate still remains silver showing only the wear mentioned. The original pencil has lead...a great antique piece!