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Sarah Elizabeth Foley
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A chatelaine which was displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Before the 1850s pockets were uncommon in female clothing and so women used chatelaines as a fashionable, decorative means of carrying small and useful items. The chatelaine would be hung from a belt and, through a series of clips and chains, contain a variety of objects such as scissors, keys, scent bottles, penknives, tweezers, writing pads and letter openers.
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A Victorian silver four division chatelaine with embossed and scrolled ornament, Birmingham 1899, by Henry Matthews, hung with original etui (incomplete) and silver mounted ivory note pad, and now hung with Edward VII silver cylindrical bodkin case of Art Nouveau design, 6.25ins overall, London 1901, by Mordan & Co (damaged), a silvery metal propelling pencil by S. Mordan & Co, and a pair of stainless steel scissors