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A collection of small articles for personal use, such as a chatelaine with its suspended scissors, nail trimmer, tweezer, thimble, pencil, and the small container (étui) for such articles, or sometimes suspended articles for designing, e.g. a ruler, pair of compasses, and pencil.
Such pieces became popular in the 18th century, some having the catch-plate of the chatelaine and the étui decorated en suite with hardstones.
From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson