Norfolk based Mum of 3: J, D & PND trying to Keep Calm & Carry On

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Whats in a name?

About a year ago I set up this blog & had completely forgotten about for the hair I grew it out & am still trying to grow it. But anyway onto my first "proper" blogpost.

What’s in a name?...Chatelaine

Translated from French “Wife of the Lord of the Castle.” I’m a great fan of historical fiction, period dramas & jewellery (amongst other things) and so when I discovered what a Chatelaine is I was inspired to research, write & create. But what has jewellery got to do do with the Wife of the Lord of the Castle? For those of you who know me, you will know I am incredibly adept at losing things, keys, handbags, purses, bank cards, permission forms, children...ah not quite managed that one yet. A Chatelaine is a fairly modern name for Equipage...

Practical but usually decorative a chatelaine is worn/clipped at the waist giving the lady of the manor access to the essentials needed to run a household efficiently. The object evolved from being a practical group of tools used by Anglo Saxon women into a fashion item which gave an indication as to the status of the wearer. Particularly popular during the 18th & 19th centuries useful articles would have included:
- keys to the pantry/jewellery box, cabinets etc.
- magnifying glass
- notebook
- perfume bottles
- rosaries
- sewing implements including scissors & needlecases
- watch
- nail file
- pocket knife
- seals

These were given as a wedding present from a husband to a wife in an era where sewing & embroidery were an important part of a girls education. The apron is having a revival right now & I’d like to see these make a comeback too. If there is a way we can make being a housewife/Mum easier I’m all for it!

Want to have a go? Online tutorial – how to make a regency chatelaine

I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for various vintage bits & pieces to make my own Chatelaine. In the meantime try searching google images to get an idea of what they're like.

What would you have attached to your Chatelaine to help you today? Comments welcome...