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Aiguillette

Aiguilettes (also spelled: aguillette, aiglet or aglets) are needle like dress ornaments intended to secure a cord or ribbon to a dress. During the first half of the 15th century these aiguilettes became dress ornaments in their own right, being enameled, gem-set and made of gold and usually sewn onto the dress in pairs. The name comes from the French word for needle: aiguille.