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Victorian Sewing Chatelaine

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In the days before women's clothing had pockets, a lady carried important accessories and tools on a chain suspended from her belt. Originally used to carry all the keys to the domain, the lady of the house ("chatelaine") literally carried her authority over the house servants because she had the keys to the wine cellar, tea caddy, and clothes press, not to mention the storerooms, pantry and front door!

In the 19th century, fashionable ladies carried such items as a fan, a notebook and tiny pencil, scissors or a sewing kit on her chatelaine, and even a few men found them useful as well as chic.

This chatelaine is unusual in that it is interesting to both collectors of Victorian sewing items (it can hold pins or needles along the edges of each satin-covered form) and playing card collectors, as the shapes are the four suits: heart, spade, club and diamond. Each is suspended on its own ribbon, of varying lengths, which are plaited together into a loop at the top from which it can be attached to one's belt. The shapes range from 3" to 3 1/2" in length.

Victorian Sewing Chatelaine


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Only ships to United States from New York, United States.
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