vintage london

The Coffeyville Weekly Journal, Kansas, June 29, 1894

A chatelaine bag was usually worn at the waist, but could also be carried at the wrist. Chatelaines were also made as belts, which eschewed the purse and became a ladylike tool belt; a hook with multiple hanging lobster claw appendages, each carrying useful items for the average Victorian woman, such as the pantry keys, smelling salts, perfume vials, miniature notebooks, magnifying glasses, letter openers, timepieces, seal applicators, miniature portraits or lockets, sewing tools (such as needle cases, scissors and thimbles), money and toilette articles, as well as decorative charms, such as fruits, fish or birds.

Here are a few examples of 18th and 19th century chatelaines housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum: