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VICTORIAN 1850 cut steel sewing chatelaine with 7 implements
The implements include a key, scissors with case, tiny corkscrew, aide memoire, sewing awl and round pin holder.
This is in as nearly perfect condition as I have ever seen for it's kind and age, Victorian circa 1850.
For years, ladies wore necessary and useful implements clasped to the waist of their dresses because clothing was not made with pockets for carrying such items.
They were usually worn suspended from a clip or large brooch with chains and hooks to hold the various implements, although later chatelaines could be worn on a finger ring.
Fashioned of both precious and non-precious metals, they could be extremely simple or ornamented with embossed work, pierced work and gem stones.
They were fashioned in a wide variety of materials: gold, sterling, gold wash, cut steel and enameled and jeweled.
A similar cut steel chatelaine can be seen in "Jewels & Jewelry" by Clare Phillips on page 65and in "Chatelaine" by Cummins & Taunton, page 198-9.
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All items in excellent vintage condition unless otherwise noted.