Accessoire

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Antique French Gold Sewing Kit in Fitted Box.

Accessoires (or accessories) are items which men or women wear or carry with them that have a purpose. Historically these were utensils or nécessaire that were suspended from a châtelaine or a watch chain and often were contained within an étui. These could be sewing gear, small pencils, knife, scissors, tweezers etc. More contemporary accessoire would include a compact, lipstick, cigarette case or minaudière. Belts, handbags and other fashion items used to complete an ensemble are also referred to as accessoire.

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