A chatelaine, also called an “equipage,” was a decorative clip of long chains used to hold important household items. Functioning like pockets or purses, chatelaines were worn by women of the 18th and 19th centuries. The word “chatelaine” derives from the term for the mistress of a castle or mansion, and literally means “keeper of the keys” in French. Chatelaines were worn by both housekeepers and ladies of the manor in the 19th century, and were made of silver, brass, steel, leather, or fabric, depending on the household’s financial status.
A chatelaine consisted of a pin that attached at the waist of a lady’s dress. This pin was equipped with several chains which, in turn, attached to an assortment of ornamental items, such as decorative plaques, lockets, and tassels, as well as utilitarian items like keys, lorgnettes, smelling salts, pocket watches, magnifying glasses, pocket knives, compasses, thimbles, scissors, bodkins, needle cases, pincushions, and other sewing supplies. I like to imagine chatelaines as a kind of functional charm bracelet or lanyard — for your skirt!
What do you think, ModLovers? Would you love to wear a chatelaine of your own, or do you think there’d be too much jangling for your taste? Cast your vote, and/or leave a comment below!
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