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Objects in Focus: Chatelaines and étuis

An elaborate and eye-catching waist-hung chatelaine would have been a desirable female accessory in the second half of the eighteenth century.

The chatelaine featured in this video has an étui - an ornamental container packed with miniature implements for everyday domestic tasks and personal hygiene. Étuis could either be carried in a pocket or attached to a chatelaine.

This particular étui with hinged lid contains a pair of scissors, folding knife, pair of ivor memorandum leaves hinged with a gilt button, nibbed pen, spoon and combined tweezers and ear-spoon. See how it opens in the video above.

From the collection

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