Collectibles-General (Antiques)/chatelaine??

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I was given this piece when I was a little girl about 52 years ago from a lady that worked in a second hand store. I have been trying to find out if it is a part of an chatelaine or is it something else. The height is about 2 1/2 inches and width 2 inches. Has latch to open from the back and purple stone on the front with chain attached. I cannot find any markings on the piece. Would love to find out more about it. I have attached a few picture. Hope you can help me.

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Hello Jen,
Thank you for your query and for including images.
The piece most definitely was part of a chatelaine.  Without actually seeing it in person it is hard to really say with certainty but could it be a small change purse?
If so, it was probably part of a dance chatelaine that might have included a small note book (celluloid or ivory sheets to write on) along with a small pencil and perhaps a button hook.
Irene

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I have been a collector of antique sewing tools and thimbles for over 30 years. I am also a dealer in this field and sell on eBay under the name -- serengeti2. I am NOT, and I repeat NOT an expert on antique or vintage domestic household sewing machines used for everyday home sewing. I can offer help when it comes to Toy or miniature collectible sewing machines ONLY.

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Thimble Collectors International
SCTC - Southern California Thimble Club
SDTC - San Diego Thimble Club
OTS - Ohio Thimble Seekers
Priscilla Nutmeggers - CT/MA/NH
Dorset Thimble Society - UK
Rund um den Fingerhut - Germany
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I belong to Thimble Collectors International & I chair the committee 'Publishing/Grants' and oversee the research and publication of booklets relating to sewing tools and thimbles. I have also had articles published on needlework related topics.

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