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Title: Chatelaine
Identifier: 2007.2.15
Donor: Barbara Sayers Larson
Item Date: 1840-1900
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A yellow gold filled lady's fob topped by a locking clip with a chain. There is a hook at the top to attach this ornament to the waist of a skirt. A decorative filigree band runs from the clasp down. It has alternating heart shapes set of pearlized glass and red glass ( one red stone is missing). There is also a chain that has a gold spring hook on the end for attaching items such as scissors, pencil, thimble etc.

These items were donated by Barbara Sayers Larson, the granddaughter of Arthur and Mary Harris of Benares. These items of jewellery are pieces handed down to her as gifts and through inheritances. The exact provenance of each piece is unknown as much of the jewellery in the Harris family came from Captain Harrises relatives in Scotland. The pieces may have also been passed down through Mary Magrath Harris or the Draper family who were connected to the Harrises through the marriage of Annie Harris to Beverly Sayers.

Chatelaine is French for "Lady of the House". A chatelaine is an ornamental chain or pin worn at a woman's waist from which dangle keys, trinkets, scissors, needle cases, pencils, purse, etc. From http://en.mimi.hu/jewelry/chatelaine.html
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