This steel needlework chatelaine has a most attractive waist plaque with a combination of fine chasing and an edging of individually faceted steel. It has the typical long waist hook at the back to secure it to a belt or waistband. There are four steel chains which pass to four needlework appendages. These all have compatible chased designs and appear original. They include a disc-form pinwheel with fabric cover to the pincushion component; a needle case with screw-off top (rather tight); a pair of scissors of the fascinating fold-in style (which can be released with a small lever to allow the blades to open and then clicked back in a secure position so it would not injure the wearer or those nearby). The final appendage is a thimble bucket, partly velvet-lined. The condition is very good for age although there is moderate staining of the steel which is not unusual for items of this age. The only problem is that the chain is of the variety of construction which delights in twisting, but is usually quite easy to straighten out if required. This would be a most appealing needlework chatelaine to display amongst a collection of these fascinating earlier needlework tools or fashion accessories.
Maximum length 17 ins (43cm). Weight 118 grams. This item appears in my book, “Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance” on page 199. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $35.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Attractive Chased & Faceted Steel Needlework Chatelaine, late 19th Century
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