A unique and very unusual Franc coin pendant and chain from the early Victorian (ca1812) era! This particular ₣5 sterling silver coin was minted in 1812 and has been beautifully handcrafted and transformed from a single ₣5 sterling silver coin into a 3-fold pocketknife. When closed, it simply looks like a coin that hangs from a sterling ring, however, a file, a knife, and scissors can be pulled out from its center. The front of the coin depicts the striking image of “EMPEREUR NAPOLEON” with an olive branch wrapped around his head. The other side of the coin reads “EMPIRE FRANCAIS. T. 1812.”, and is also stamped with an anchor. At the center of this are two olive branches with “5 FRANCS” stamped at its center. This fantastic piece hangs from a complimentary sterling silver, Prince Albert watch chain. The watch swivel clasp is stamped with three hallmarks. The pocketknife is absolutely exquisite and fully functional and this handcrafted piece would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurement: When closed, the diameter of the coin pocketknife is slightly more than 1 3/8" with a thickness of 1/8". The chain measures about 17” long.
Condition: The overall condition of the pocketknife and chain is excellent. Besides normal surface wear to the sterling silver, there is no serious damage to the coin or chain. The file, knife, and scissors pull out easily and stay secure when pushed in and the chain clasp is secure and in good working condition.