Gilt Etui - This beautiful gilt etui is circa 1730 and was probably originally part of an impressive chatelaine. It still retains the small hook at the top of the case that would have
been attached to a chain on the chatelaine. It is fairly rare to find an 18th century chatelaine that still has its
etui, so it is not surprising that this one has lost its chatelaine. One side of the case features a lovely lady in court dress, while the other side shows a seated gentleman in similar dress.
The tools inside the small case include scissors, pencil case and an ivory aide memoire. There are two pieces
missing from the case. There would also have been a bodkin and a penknife. In the second picture, I tried to show you that the case still looks fairly full, in spite of missing two pieces.
The condition of the case is good. The hinge is strong and tight and the button closure works, although not
particularly well. The gilt is only a bit worn. The scissors need to be sharpened, but they work well, and the
pencil case and the aide memoire are in excellent condition.