A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. Each chain is mounted with a useful household appendage such as scissors, thimble, watch, key, vinaigrette, household seal, etc.
Sterling silver octopus-shaped chatelaine (1887). Made by Gorham and Company. This piece of jewelry would have been worn at the waist. Each chain is mounted with a useful household item, including a pin holder, mirror, whistle, perfume bottle and powder box. Missouri History Museum
ENAMEL AND DIAMOND CHATELAINE Applied with polychrome enamel, depicting three angels suspending plaques decorated with floral motifs, to a vinaigrette pendant designed as a coat of arms, set to the centre with green and transparent paste to a surround of fifteen single-cut diamonds, 18th century and later, composite, length approximately 214mm, fitted stand.