Fantastic eye catching single coin holder with spring loaded lid that opens to hold a spring loaded coin slot for stacking change in. Would make a great conversation piece if worn as a pendant. It has the mythical winged tiger / chimera or griffin on the front cover, and beautiful imagery of Art Nouveau Calla Lilies on the back so it could be worn either way depending on your mood. This is an antique piece that I acquired in France from the Belle Epoque era.
The soldered loop on the top looks to be brass. Substantial hand feel with a nice thickness. Chain in photos is not included , it is just a modern costume chain from Target that I use for staging :. The piece measures about 1 1/4 inches wide and a half inch deep.No hallmarks that I could find. Please note that all my pieces are pre-owned with some age to them so they are in estate condition. But to be honest, it seems in better than most condition. A few of the shallowest of pin nicks, to the outside rim made more notable by the smooth finish there.
The hinge is very tight, it springs open strongly and snaps firmly shut. The coin holder has a ding but is also nice and springy so in good working condition. Some faint surface wear and scratching from use and polishing over the years but the designs are nice and crisp.
It has held its shape well. I would be delighted if you'd follow me in my store. The item "DRAGON Victorian French Silver Plate Griffen Winged Lion Chatelaine Coin Holder" is in sale since Monday, November 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Necklaces & Pendants".The seller is "callmemouse" and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.