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Chatelaine Hook

Made by Joseph and Nathaniel Richardson, Philadelphia (partnership 1777–1790)
A chatelaine is an accessory worn by women and used for suspending household and personal use items on short chains, ribbons, or strings. The form originated with the bunch of keys worn by the mistress of the castle in medieval times, later becoming a symbol of her authority. In time, the chatelaine evolved into an ornamental form worn at the waist or as a brooch.

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