Enameled Gilt Metal Sword & Scabbard Chatelaine Paper knife Antique Victorian c1900.

Mike Loveday

MLV04640

A beautifully decorative, enameled chatelaine paper knife in the shape of a mini sword and scabbard. We think it dates from around the end of the Victorian era when chatelaines were very popular. A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp with a series of chains hanging from it, from each chain hung a useful household item such as scissors, watches, glasses case, sewing bits, seals and stamps and of course the all important vinaigrette to keep away those bad smells. The chatelaine was also used as a woman's key chain it showed the status of women in a household. The senior woman of the house had access to and responsibility of all the valuables at the property. It was fashionable for younger, lowlier women to wear chatelaines with various object hanging from it to create the illusion of keys and therefore status and responsibility. They were very much the tool belt of the times. Some very small parts of the enamel is worn in places commensurate with age. 

Size 13.3 x 4.4 x 0.9 cm or 5.2 x 1.7 x 0.4 inches.

Weight 31.1 grams or 20.0 penny weight.