a woman in charge of a large house.
• historical a set of short chains attached to a woman’s belt, used for carrying keys or other items
Chatelaine’s were a common accoutrement to a woman’s attire (up until the time pockets were invented on women’s clothing in the early 20th Century).
A Chatelaine fastened to a lady’s waist and one would then hook items which they would utilize during their day (in the case of a seamstress, one item might be a pair of scissors).
Mine would have a scissors, notepad, a small bottle of poison, pen and pen knife
Austro-Hungarian silver gilt turquoise and garnet hunting horn châtelaine, late 19th century.
Sterling silver chatelaine with four matching utensils hanging from a finger ring. The objects include a note pad with simulated ivory pages, a working pencil, a coin purse and a compact. All are covered with a lovely repousse foliate motif and are marked Sterling along with a maker’s mark for Webster Sterling, founded in 1869
A Design for Chatelaine and Etui, Paris, c. 1765
French ebony and silver chatelaine, c. 1890.
above; by Gorham Manufacturing Co.