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  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1863 - ca. 1885 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cut steel and ivory (African Loxodonta)

  • Credit Line:

    Pfungst Reavil Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.32:1 to 13-1969

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A chatelaine would have hung from a lady’s waist and was intended to be both decorative and practical. The small tools and accessories that might be incorporated included a watch, scissors, tweezers, magnifying glass, scent flask and miniature notebook or ivory writing tablet.

Cut steel was a fashionable material for jewellery, buttons, buckles, sword hilts and watch chains in the decades around 1800. They were made from brightly polished rivets, their ends faceted to imitate diamonds. Such pieces gave a grey but powerful glitter. Originally an English speciality, the production of cut steel had spread to other centres in Europe by the early 19th century.

Physical description

Chatelaine, cut steel, the hook-plate formed as a crowned monogram.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


1863 - ca. 1885 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cut steel and ivory (African Loxodonta)


Height: 53.5 cm, Width: 35 cm, Depth: 2 cm

Descriptive line

Cut-steel chatelaine with attachments, United Kingdom, 1863- about 1885


Loxodonta africana

Subjects depicted

Scrolls (motifs); Crown


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