Gadabout has recently acquired a museum quality Chatelaine, something rarely seen outside of Bridgerton. Below, check out the images of our Chatelaine and read more about its use in Victorian Times.
As described by Hunter Oatman-Stanford in Collectors Weekly a chatelaine was the iPhone of the 1800s. “Like a customized Swiss Army knife, a chatelaine provided its wearer with exactly the tools she needed closest at hand. For an avid seamstress, that might include a needle case, thimble, and tape measure, while for an active nurse it might mean a thermometer and safety pins. Inspired by the complex key rings carried by “la chatelaine,” the female head of a grand French estate, these beautiful, little contraptions were as fashionable as they were practical. In fact, their design was sometimes so trendy that style trumped usefulness.”