Chatelaine

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 useful household appendages such as scissors, thimbles, watches, keys, vinaigrette, and household seals.

They were historically worn by women of many cultures from Ancient Romans, and Roman, French, Dutch and British women from the 16th to 19 centuries,

The name chatelaine derives from the French term châtelaine which meant the mistress of a chateau.

In the 18th century that attached to the waist of a woman’s dress, bearing tiny useful accessories, from notebooks to knives. Think of it as the historic woman’s Swiss Army Knife or precursor to the smart phone!

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