This piece is a typical steel needlework chatelaine, most likely worn by the housekeeper or lady of the house, late 19th century. It has a pierced steel waist plaque with tongue at the back so that it could be attached to a belt or a waistband. It has four linked chains passing to the four appendages. These consist of an acorn-shaped pincushion with padded fabric interior for the pins, a needle case with screw-off top, a thimble bucket which does not appear to have a liner, and an interesting small steel box with press-stud opening, lined with velvet and with a firm clicking closure. The condition is very good although there is overall staining of the steel, which is not uncommon in these pieces. This would be a good example to include amongst a collection of needlework tools or of more general Victorian fashion accessories. Maximum length 14.75 ins (37.8cm). Weight 116 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 $33.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Classic Steel Victorian Needlework Chatelaine with Four Appendages
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