Collette Cameron here! I’m chatting about Chatelaines today.
My research this week had me digging into chatelaines; you know, those ornate belt hooks worn by housekeeper or grand ladies?
Ranging from plain and serviceable, to engraved sterling silver, ornate bone china rimmed with gold, or even embedded with jewels, they were popular in the nineteenth century, but fell out of favor later. No doubt the weight, as well as the noise, contributed to their decline.
I’ve mentioned the accessories in several books, and confess to absolutely adoring them personally, but I was trying to determine if it was possible to hide poison in one.
Imagine me gleefully rubbing my hands together.
The term chatelaine originated from the medieval word, castellan, or a keeper of the castle, and as you can imagine, the first chatelaines were the original key chains.
The chains hanging from the hook secured at the waist held a variety of useful tools. Aside from keys or a watch, some forms of chatelaines had all sorts of things dangling from them including: scissors, thimble and thimble bucket, button hook, whistle, coin purse, vinaigrette, mirror, small knife, powder compact, magnifying glass, perfume vial, note card, pencil, wax seal, letter opener, locket, needle cases, or a pin cushion.
A woman could pick and choose which items she most required to have on hand, and a chatelaine could be customized for different professions too.
I also learned that in addition to being suspended from their waists, the accessory might be worn like a charm bracelet. I have a charm bracelet with over two hundred charms, and trust me when I tell you, the weight and noise mean I wear it infrequently!
Today, I’m also celebrating the release of TO LOVE A RECKLESS LORD, the Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Collection.
This set includes the first three books of the Culpepper series. Each of the heroines finds herself married to a lord and, as such, would have her own chatelaine. I imagine theirs as more decorative pieces with only two or three attachments, though.
Entertaining, mesmerizing laugh-out-loud Regency Romance romps.
The first three full-length installments of the Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Series featuring devilish rogues and the capricious women who capture their hearts.
Brooke: Wagers Gone Awry
Brooke Culpepper resigned herself to spinsterhood when she turned down the only marriage proposal she’d likely ever receive to care for her family and farm. Heath, Earl of Ravensdale is none-too-pleased to discover five young women call the estate he won and intends to sell, their home. Desperate, pauper poor, and with nowhere to go, Brooke proposes a wager. His stakes? The farm. Hers? Her virtue.
Blythe: Schemes Gone Amiss
Intrepid and outspoken, Blythe Culpepper is dragged against her will to London for a Season. To her dismay, her guardian enlists the devilishly attractive Lord Leventhorpe, the one man she detests, to assist with her Come Out. Haunted by childhood trauma, Tristan, the austere Marquis of Leventhorpe, usually avoids social gatherings. So why, against his better judgment, does he agree to aid his closest friend in presenting the Culpeppers to the ton?
Brette: Intentions Gone Astray
A rogue turned rector, Alexander Hawksworth, prefers soirées to sermons and parties to prayers. After unexpectedly inheriting an earldom, he determined to make the precocious and petite, Brette Culpepper, his countess—Until he’s accused of murdering the previous earl. Brette adores London Society, but her world is titled on its axis when rumors circulate she’s a peer’s illegitimate granddaughter. Worse, a newly appointed guardian intends to force her into wedding an elderly lecher.
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