Chatelaine, 1792, made by Green and Ward, London (Charleston Museum)


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1. A Chatelaine was worn by women and held watches, seals, scissors, keys and other small items in daily use. This one was ordered from London by Margaret Izard Manigault of Charleston . What other kind of jewelry might an elite woman own in this period? And on what occasions might she have worn it?

2. Many plantation supplies (sugar, flour, rice, etc.) were kept locked and the mistress of the plantation was often in charge of the keys. Discuss the role of the mistress on the plantation.

3. How do these two diaries reflect differences in everyday life and interaction with every day items in these two womens' lives . [Pinckney, Eliza Lucas. The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney. Edited with an introduction by Elise Pinckney. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1997. Chesnut, Mary. The Private Mary Chesnut: The Unpublished Civil War Diaries. Edited by C. Vann Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 1984.] You may also wish to use the database “North American Women’s Diaries and Letters” to help you answer this question. http:\\\NWLDlive\

4. Discuss the lives of enslaved women who worked in the Big House.