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  • Julia Dalton

    Gold chateleine with "nécessaire de toilette", mid-18th C. Includes razor, scissors, toothpick, nail file, etc.

  • Pat Swinicki

    Grooming Chatelaine.

  • Carmen J. Gomez-Nicholson

    Gold Chatelaine with grooming tools. 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. Chatelaines were worn by many housekeepers in the 19th century but find their origins in the 16th century Dutch Republic, where they were typically used as watch chains.

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a gold watch and chatelaine covered in roses, Paris, 1750-1752

Gold with floran medallions

While housekeepers' chatelaines tended to be plain affairs, those made to be worn by the lady of the house would have ornamental work on them. Some of them were extremely ornate and encrusted with gemstones, enamelled, tasselled or inset with beads.

Abiti Antichi Chatelaine in argento. Punzoni Citta' di Londra; anno 1892. Maker Samuel Jacob. Composta da quaderno, matita, porta metro, forbici e portaditale. Rif: chatelaine 5 Clicca sulla foto per vedere altre immagini di questa chatelaine.

This is a Georgian chatelaine which “is a device which clips to the waist band or belt of a dress for holding such items as the mistress of the house would need with her throughout the day. It might include her seal, watch, scissors, thimble, a vinaigrette, and a key holder.”

Chatelaine, wow this is a wonderful piece!

chat·e·laine “shaht uh len” 1. the mistress of a castle. 2. the mistress of an elegant or fashionable household. 3. a hooklike clasp or a chain for suspending keys, trinkets, scissors, a watch, etc., worn at the waist by women. 4. a woman’s lapel ornament resembling this.

MISCELLANEOUS. Chatelaine from London, 1765-1775. // Made of silver, gold, ivory, glass and enamel, chatelaines like this were very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Secured to a belt, each object hung from the loop was a handy household item, such as scissors, a thimble, a watch, or a key.

1887, Gorham Manufacturing Company, Chatelaine in the form of an octopus. These were worn on the belts of housekeepers in the 18th-19th Century and held useful household items such as keys, seals, scissors, a watch or magnifying glasses. Though many chatelaines were purely utilitarian, some were beautifully crafted pieces of jewelry.

English silver chatelaine with scissors, thimble, pen, etc.

Onde estará a minha tesourinha da pré escola? ... se você me permitir guardarei a sua assim: numa bela correntinha com um mimo da vovó ♥ ♥ -------------------Chatelaine w/original scissors