Victorian Sterling Silver Sovereign Case, Pendant
This handsome Victorian sterling silver sovereign case/coin holder was acquired from an antique dealer's estate in San Francisco. She was an avid collector of the most unique and interesting pieces.
This coin holder was known as a sovereign case. Men would typically wear it on a chain like a pocket watch and keep it full of coins in their pockets. Today, you can wear it as intended, or as it is so pretty, wear it as a locket/pendant.
The design is double-sided. It opens from the top and has two coin compartments. Quite unique!
It is spring loaded with a secure clasp. The case itself measures 1-1/8" in diameter, not including the top latch or chain, and a bit over 1/4" thick. It is fully hallmarked for sterling, Birmingham, UK and dated 1913. Maker is William Hair Haseler. Total weight is 12.9 grams.
I've included a contemporary 20" chain. I thought it looked kind of cool as a pendant as well!
Wonderful old piece of Victoriana from a wonderful estate!