Black Cat Relics Antiques & Vintage Jewels

  This STRIKING waist brooch Chatelaine has two Baroque Dolphins in a gorgeous Art Nouveau pattern. With exquisite and extreme detail along with a floral motif under these stunning Baroque Dolphins. This beautiful signed William B. Kerr masterpiece has five graceful sterling chains and hooks to attach your own beloved appendages.

  This chatelaine has beautiful patina! The back of the chatelaine where the back is marked Sterling, was polished to actually see the markings. Other than this, I have not taken away any of the lovely patina as that is for the new owner to decide. It is well known that the large brooch pins attaches to the waist rather than a waist hook. A feature frequently seen on American chatelaines.

  The back states series #27 and has the William B. Kerr hallmark showing the axe and three X’s. This automatically dates this after 1892. Since records show that Gorham absorbed the William B. Kerr Company in 1927, it is a safe analysis to date this piece between: 1892-1927. Although, I am going to take this a bit deeper.

  Doing extensive research on the tube hinge and C clasp (pictures shown) I feel extremely comfortable placing this AMAZING piece from 1892 to 1910. Although, my years of experience point me to 1905 to 1910. And, reading extensively in the book of Chatelaines written by by Genevieve Cummins (Author) and Nerylla Taunton (Author) they state that these types of chatelaines were extremely popular from the 1880's to 1910. I feel extremely comfortable with the dates of 1892 to 1910.

  The pin is extremely thick and strong. It does have a bit of a bend (pic shown) although it does not take away from its functionality or beauty. The tube hinge is strong and moves slowly and freely.

  This is an exceptional piece of history. With William B. Kerr's phenomenal effort to detail, this piece shows no exception. To this day, his pieces are extremely desirable and well known for the Art Nouveau movement of artistic class and style.

  I have added many photos in many angles for you to see. If you would like any other photos, please don't hesitate to ask as photos are part of the description. I am here for you and want you to be most comfortable in your purchase! If you are an Art Nouveau lover like I am, let's just say you won't be disappointed to hold such history in your hands as I am honored to pass it on to you.  $789.00


HISTORY of William B. Kerr & Co.

  William B. Kerr & Co started in 1855 as Kerr & Thiery. There is not much information out there on this beginning company.

  William B. Kerr Co. was a manufacturer of jewelry, flatware and hollow-ware. Established in Newark, New Jersey in 1855 and during the 1880's to 1927, they were well regarded and were extremely well known for elaborate and unique Art Nouveau pieces of exquisite jewelry, hollow-ware, vanity items, especially the American Beauty series. They were also known for many different patterns of flatware and hollow-ware for children featuring nursery rhymes and images.

  William B. Kerr died in October of 1911 leaving Eliza M. Kerr as the executrix. Eliza died March 15, 1912 which left two administrators appointed to handle the company’s affairs. (There is much uncertainty about who ran the company after William’s and Eliza’s death, up and until it was absorbed into Gorman in 1927. (Some call it Gorman and some call it Gorham.)

  William B. Kerr’s hallmark began as a medieval axe with two X’s representing leather strap wrappings. In 1892 the company changed the medieval axe to an axe with three X’s. The company also used a numbering system to identify different series of their items. The most famous of these series is the “American Beauty” which was coded with the number 1447. Other patterns have numbers which cannot be associated to a certain named series because of it not being a well desired style at that time. These patterns are still very desirable to collectors.

  TUBE HINGE - From about 1850 to around 1910 almost all hinges on brooches and pins were tube hinges. (Tube hinges were also used during other eras but not to the extent they were used during last half of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century.) Tube hinges are formed by three cylinders, or tubes, of hollow metal.

  Two tubes are attached to the decorative piece; one tube is attached to the pin. The tube on the pin is jointed to the two tubes on the decorative piece with a rod that passes through all three tubes. Note that the tube on the fastener is a separate piece soldered to the end of the pin.

  Tube hinges were made by hand. Although they all generally have the same basic construction, they may vary considerably in appearance and the exact number and shape of pieces used. Tube hinges were usually made by the same person who made the brooch.



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