Chatelaine in case

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Gold, ivory, other metal; leather, silk
Overall: 7 3/8 x 3 1/4 x 3/8 in. ( 18.7 x 8.3 x 1 cm )
Chased gold chatelaine with implements and case; the hook suspends the étui at the center flanked on both sides with smaller acorn shaped containers (possibly thimble holders); overall rinceau design with women in togas eating grapes and putti interspersed; contains two-leaf ivory note tablet with metal brad at the bottom for pivoting, pocket knife, and the top of a needle case holder (?); leather case is lined with pink silk and is clover shaped at the top.
Gallery Label: 
This chatelaine was worn by Elsje Tymens (Mrs. Jacob Leisler, d. ca. 1704). Her stepmother, Mrs. Govert Loockermans, brought it to New Amsterdam from Holland. Elsje Tymens was a wealthy widow connected with many leading Dutch families, including the Bayards and Van Cortlandts. She married Jacob Leisler in 1663 and had one daughter, Hester (Mrs. Barent Rynders, Jr., 1673-1757/63). Jacob Leisler (1640-1691) was an anti-Catholic insurrectionist who supported William of Orange as King of England.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Margaret Van Rensselaer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group