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Chatelaine: M/P.1 & A-J-1942

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Gilt metal chatelaine with a grey and white agate etui and a brown aventurine and a blue and brown enamelled thimble case

Gilt metal, cast and chased chateleine, carved brown agate etui with chased gold or gilt metal mounts, a brown aventurine and a blue and brown enamelled thimble case both with gold or gilt metal mounts. The chatelaine comprises two shaped triangular hinged sections; the uppermost with a long spatulate hook. The front is decorated with cherubs and a stork within borders of scrolls and rocaille decoration. Suspended from the top section are two acorn-shaped thimble cases (A & C) with screw off lids (B & E). Suspended from the lower section is an etui (E) with openwork mounts decorated with birds, flowers, leaves and scrolls. The hinged lid has a sprung button clasp set with a brilliant. The fitted interior contains a pair of steel scissors (F), a folding knife (G), an earpick/spoon (H), a pair of tweezers/file (I) and a pair of ivory memorandum leaves hinged with a gilt button (J).

Legal notes

Given by Louis C.G. Clarke

Measurements and weight

Length: 19.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1942-05-28) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, third quarter
Production date: circa AD 1760

School or Style


Components of the work

Etui Height 2.0 cm Length 10.4 cm Width 3.7 cm
Thimblecases Length 2.6 cm Width 2.0 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.1 & A-J-1942
Primary reference Number: 150738
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 17 December 2015 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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