Style Glossary

Style-glossary
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Chatelaine

A chatelaine, or equipage, is a decorative clip of long chains used to hold important household items. Functioning like pockets or purses, chatelaines were worn by women of the 18th and 19th centuries. The word "chatelaine" derives from the term for the mistress of a castle or mansion, and literally means "keeper of the keys"in French.

Also called an equipage. A decorative clip of long chains used to hold important household items. Functioning like pockets or purses, chatelaines were worn by women of the 18th and 19th centuries. The word "chatelaine" derives from the term for the mistress of a castle or mansion, and literally means "keeper of the keys" in French. Chatelaines were worn by both housekeepers and ladies of the manor in the 19th century, and were made of silver, brass, steel, leather, or fabric, depending on the household's financial status.

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