This example has a typical cut-out waist plaque with tongue at the back to secure it at the waist or over a belt. In the centre it has a steel mesh purse decorated with tassels of steel rings and it opens by pressing a knob at the top and pulling down a small toggle. The other five appendages comprise an acorn-shaped pincushion with faded fabric covering to the cushion itself (which includes a small number of pins). The next item is a needle holder which has a screw-off top; beside that is a pencil which originally would have been retractable but this has not been forced in case the lead breaks. In the centre is a typical small notebook with original leaves and the last piece is a classic ball tape measure which originally would have been able to wind the silk ribbon in and out with a small handle at the side; currently some of the ribbon can be seen but it would not be advisable to wind it back in or pull it out further as the ribbon may break as these are often quite fragile. The overall condition is very good for age although the steel shows moderate staining, a little more on some pieces than others. This item is somewhat unusual as it includes the accoutrements of the standard needlework chatelaine with the rare addition of the steel purse. This would be an excellent first or subsequent example to add to a collection of these intriguing fashion accessories. Maximum length 11 ins (28cm). Weight 168 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 $40.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Classic late 19th Century Steel Chatelaine with Six Original Appendages
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