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Accessoire

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 compactlipstickcigarette case or minaudière. Belts, handbags and other fashion items used to complete an ensemble are also referred to as accessoire.

Antique French Gold Sewing Kit in Fitted Box.

Etui Tools.

Typical Rococo Necessity Box, c.1750.