Chatelaines ~ A Housekeeper’s Essential Utility

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Ann Wass

Thank you for laying out the usage of the word. I have seen much confusion about that.

Collins Hemingway

What a lovely fact-filled article! Don’t think I’ve run across the word before. Jane was supposedly the keeper of the keys (or at least responsible for the expensive items like coffee and tea) at Chawton. So she must have had an equipage or chatelaine.


I loved this article. Those chatelaines are absolutely gorgeous! I would have loved one of those.
Maybe I could have a modern one – mobile phone, glasses, lip salve, pen, kindle? I would know where they all were but I’d need a reinforced belt to attach it to and I would struggle to move so maybe not so useful.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x