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Keys to the Library Gold Washed Chatelaine

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Librarian chic meets the chatelaine.

In old Quebec, an estate’s or country manor’s many keys were kept by the woman of the house on a decorative key ring or holder. These keys were so central to her function and to the household’s smooth operation that the position’s title became synonymous with the name of the key ring, the chatelaine.

This chatelaine combines antique brass myriad chain (love this!), gorgeous gold washed Picasso finished Czech glass, and a decorative connector/chatelaine with keys of various sizes and styles. One of the large key assemblages attaches to the chatelaine with a small parrot beak closure, so it can be removed and used as a purse charm.

The central portion of this long layered cascade is four levels. The shortest of the levels is 32 inches in length, including the antique brass dome closure. This level mixes chain with little assemblages of the gold wash glass and antiqued brass findings. At the upper most of these assemblages, the second layer of chain is introduced, and falls approximately a half an inch below the glass and brass strand.

The second level of myriad chain also connects two strands four inches from the dome closure with an assemblage featuring a teardrop cut of the gold washed glass. These chains each extend 34 inches, but the bottom of the two is split by the antique brass ‘chatelaine’ which is 1 inch tall and 1 ½ inches wide.

This necklace is so long it does not need the small dome closure, but this feature allows for it to also be worn wrapped twice around the neck, thus moving the chatelaine way up on to the chest. Always nice to have options, eh?

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Keys to the Library Gold Washed Chatelaine


  • Materials: nickel and lead free antique brass myriad chain, findings, dome closure, decorative connector, czech glass with picasso finish
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
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