Monday, October 15, 2018
In a great house or castle, the Lady in charge was once called a Chatelaine. She often wore a belt with little bits attached to it, pretty much showing who was in charge... things like keys to the store rooms, little pouches of this or that, money, knife, household objects like scissors. Eventually the belt /chains with attachments got the same name.. Chatelaine.
Think of a female batman with the bat belt!
Through the centuries down to probably 1900's the concept continued and somewhere fizzled out.
Before it breathe it's last gasp, it was very popular in Victorian times, more as accessories than actual practical day to day applications. They made them as long pendant type necklaces with small scissors, smelling salt containers, sewing kits and such.
This is my interpretation of a Chatelaine.
The ball is a locket and opens, so you could put messages or something nickle sized in it. I added a vintage Key and a coin charm.
I could have added more, but I thought it looked pretty balanced with just those items.