Poitou - Charentes

French regional jewelry - Poitou - Charentes

 

The silver chatelaine clip

 

The most distinctive piece of jewellery in the Poitou - Charentes region is the silver clip which women wore on their belt and from which was suspended a pair of scissors and/or the house key.  Below you will find a selection of the typical designs encountered, for a full description I would recommend the book "Les bijoux traditionnels Poitevins" by Christian Gendron, from which the classifications have been determined. (1)  In the provence region similar shaped belt clips (though with different motifs) were called "claviers".

 


folk costume from the Poitevin region - Lusignan

 


folk costume from La Rochelle with silver chatelaine clip

 

 

         
crochet de châtelaine in silver, Poitou Charentes
type A2 - model with solid heart and engraved

 

     

    


silver chatelaine clip Poitou Charentes
type B2 : model with cut-out heart and engraved

 


silver chatelaine clip Poitou Charentes
type B2 : model with cut-out heart and engraved

 

 


gold plated brass chatelaine clip from Poitou Charentes
type B2 : model with cut-out heart and engraved

 

 


silver chatelaine clip Poitou Charentes
 
silver chatelaine clip Poitou Charentes

type C : models with cut-out flowered border, engraved

 

 


silver chatelaine clip Poitou Charentes
 
silver chatelaine clip Poitou Charentes

type C : models with cut-out flowered border and cut-out heart, engraved

 

 


silver chatelaine clip

silver chatelaine clip 

silver chatelaine clip

 

 


silver chatelaine clip

silver chatelaine clip

silver chatelaine clip

 


 


 


silver belt clip

   

 


silver chatelaine clip

 

 

 


silver chatelaine clip - French folk costume

 


traditional jewellery from Poitou-Charantes region - source Gallica
click to see in high resolution

 

 


Silver Guimbarde fibule brooch for fixing a man's neck-kerchief

 

 


Silver Guimbarde fibule brooch, 1798-1809

 

 


Silver Guimbarde fibule brooch, 1809-1819

 

Shirt buttons

 


antique silver shirt buttons, hand engraved (200%)

 

 


antique silver shirt buttons, hand engraved "IL TIEN" (200%)

 


Silver buttons used to close the neck of the shirt, the scallop shell design is very typical of the region

 

 

 

The cape clasp

 

 

         
silver cape clasp, 1819-1838

 

 

         
silver cape clasp, 1838-1919

 

 


silver cape clasp

 

 

 


silver cape clasp

 


silver cape clasp

 

 

 

    

 

 

 


silver cape clasp

 

 


silver cape clasp

 

 


silver cape clasp


silver cape clasp

 

 

 


silver cape clasp

 

 

 


silver cape clasp

 

 


silver cape clasp

 

 

 


silver cape  clasp

 

 

     

silver cape  clasp, 19th century, converted into a belt buckle

 

 

 


small silver cape or overshirt (men's blue smock) clasp

 

 

 


folk dress from the Poitou region

 

 


folk dress from the Poitou region

 

 


La Rochelle

 

 

(1)  GENDRON, Christian., Les bijoux traditionnels poitevins, Editions Musées Vivants Niort, 1992 

(2)  La tradition en Poitou et Charentes, Libraire de la tradition nationale, 1897

 

 

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French regional jewelry - Poitou - Charentes