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Chatelaines

One symbol of a house keepers status was her Chatelaine, the Swiss Army knife of the 18th century!  A good housekeeper was prepared at all times so besides carrying her great big ring of keys she may also have a thimble, pair of scissors, a watch, or any handy little tool.  Phoebe’s chatelaine is now on display in the Victoria & Albert Mueseum in London. 

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