How to make a Chatelaine a Real Blessing to Mothers
A mother walks in the park with her children clipped to her chatelaine.


Leech’s engraving exaggerates the function of the chatelaine, but not its importance. The 1886 engraving depicts a mother with a chatelaine attached to her dress. Instead of keys, her children are attached to the chains, symbolizing the domestic significance of the chatelaine to the Victorian wife and mother. 

Associated Place(s)


  • John Leech

Image Date: 

19th century