The word "chatelaine" refers to the lady who, in the Medieval times, was in charge of the day-to-day castle functions. The chatelaine ordered supplies, did the bookkeeping and supervised the servants. She also taught the children who lived in the castle and served as a guide to the guests. One of her most important responsibilities was to keep the keys to the castle. The name came to refer to the belt that held the tools she needed.
Equipage - Chatelaines, which hung from the waist, were designed to hold sewing, writing, or toilet implements.
vintage thimble from Mmlle Lou lou
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.
VICTORIAN 1800s cut steel sewing chatelaine
Victorian 1800's cut steel sewing chatelaine with, l. to r.: pin cushion with 2 hand-made pins, pencil, whistle, wax stick, glove hook/mini corkscrew for getting corks out of perfume bottles, mini round measuring tape that winds in, and a notebook (aide memoire) with celluloid pages. Whew! Go to website to see close up of each item.
A Victorian silver five strand chatelaine, Birmingham 1898, holding scissors in a sheath, folding 'Ghurka' pocket knife, heart shaped pin cushion, aide memoire, and a pencil holder, 13.71toz.
look how that thimble fits over the scissor tip, so smart. Early 20th century French silver sewing kit