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Chatelaine Jewelry

As you might know, I am obsessed with all jewelry antique and vintage. I love to learn about the history of various types of jewelry. One very interesting peice is the Chatelaine. They date back to the 1870’s and woman wore these pins attached to the waist of their dress. Each pin had various chains hanging from it with everyday tools that they found nececary such as sewing kits( thimble, needle, etc.), pocket watches, and lorgnettes. Pockets did not exist at the time, therefore they needed chains suspended from their dress to hold all of their every day items. Chatelaines came in various types of metal from cut steal, sterling silver, even gold. Some were very simple in design and some were extremely ornate and decorative with gems and engraving.Lorgnettes are lenses that were worn on a long chain and attached to chatelaines. The lenses live in some type of metal case and when you push a botton open up and can cover the eyes of a woman so she could see better instead of wearing modern glasses. Many people today love to collect both Chatelaines and Lorgnettes and here are some pictures below of each.

Woman from 1800’s wearing a chatelaine on her dress

A close up of chatelaine purses from the victorian period

A silver notebook and pencil that was suspended from a chatelaine

Love this Chatelaine, contains the notebook, a pocket knife, perfume holder, pocket mirror, a photo locket, and powder.

locket with husbands photo

this was worn as a ring that would dangle off the hand

sewing kit for the housekeeper

chatelaine ring with hanging mesh coin purse

gold compass

antique chatelaine ad

victorian woman

1890’s silver and gold with enemal and jewels

sterling silver and cameo

I will be on the lookout for chatelaines and lorgnettes for our Corvus Noir Collection. We have two sales this weekend, one in williamsburg on sat, and soho on sunday. Information to follow on a later post.

Till next time,
Lauren Noir

UPDATE: It has come to my attention that I forgot to reference where the photos of the chatelaine and lorgnette images came from. I am sorry if I offended anyone. The photos came from “Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry” which you can find at
http://www.morninggloryjewelry.com/ They are located in New Mexico and have a store as well. Check out the website for details.

They have a lovely collection of antique costume and fine jewelry as well as great historical references to the jewelry and time periods from which they originate from. Check out their website, I love all of the jewelry on their site and gain so much inspiration from it. You will not be disappointed.
thats all for now
hope everyone had a great weekend


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    Real nice ! Many thanks !

  2. Maria Blair March 4, 2012

    Looking for collectors who would like to purchase chatelaine’s from my collection. Enjoyed reading your article .

  3. Cecile Hosey July 21, 2013

    Do you buy Chatelaines? I think I have one. I inherited an odd looking *pin* with dangling chains and what looks like a scent holder.

  4. Great information. Lucky me I came across your blog by
    accident (stumbleupon). I’ve book-marked it for

  5. Joan March 8, 2015

    i am interested in the chatelaine with the glasses on the black ribbon
    Please contact me if you are selling.
    Thank you so much.

  6. Reba Shanberg June 25, 2015

    I have a number of very fine items from a chatelaine that I am interested in selling. Might you be interested in seeing them?

  7. Amorette November 7, 2015

    I live in Austin, too. Beautiful chatelaines…are you still collecting, or do you have a website, also? I tried an imbedded URL, but the link must be broken…while I don’t get out to peruse shops, I do look for the unusual item. You seem to have some nice Victorian Era style pieces…well done!

  8. Sheridan Brown June 21, 2017

    I am researching whether a wealthy southern farm wife during the civil war may have worn a chatelaine/equipage and if she might have carried keys on it to cabinets and supplies around the farm. If you have any documentation or information that could help me with my living history character, please share. Thank you.


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