Wow! This is a wonderful Victorian Set of utilitarian sewing items. Hooked to the belt of the head of house and used many times during the day. This is made of silver tone metal and each of the fancy filigree items had a specific purpose. One held a pair of scissors, the next held a thimble. The longest has 3 sheets of celluloid "paper" covered by the decorative filigree top and bottom. Next is would hold a pencil and the last I believe was a pin cushion (This one I am not sure of - if you know for certain let me know). The entire piece measures 12" x 2-1/2" and is in great condition with a slight dent in the scissor holder. The top has flying griffons and a fleur-de-lis.
The internet says this:
Adrift in a sea of digital apps for every imaginable function, we often feel our needs are met better today than in any previous era. But consider the chatelaine, a device popularized in the 18th century that attached to the waist of a woman’s dress, bearing tiny useful accessories, from notebooks to knives. In many ways chatelaines provided better access to such objects than we have today: How often have you searched for your keys or cell phone at the bottom of a cavernous bag?
Like a customized Swiss Army knife, a chatelaine provided its wearer with exactly the tools she needed closest at hand. For an avid seamstress, that might include a needle case, thimble, and tape measure, while for an active nurse it might mean a thermometer and safety pins. Inspired by the complex key rings carried by “la chatelaine,” the female head of a grand French estate, these beautiful, little contraptions were as fashionable as they were practical. In fact, their design was sometimes so trendy that style trumped usefulness.
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