Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wishing you “the luck of the Irish.”
This wee silver perfume bottle (just over an inch high!) was probably made to be worn on a woman’s chatelaine.
In the 1700s and 1800s, the “lady of the house” would wear a chatelaine as a convenient way of keeping small household items handy. It was a decorative clasp fixed to the waistline of her gown, with several small chains dangling from it, and important little tools and devices attached to the ends of the chains. Those items could include a pencil, a thimble, tiny scissors, a coin purse—and, in some cases, scent bottles. This example, embossed with a shamrock, seems perfect for today’s date.
Image via Ruby Lane.