A chatelaine is a long chain worn since the 17th century at the waist by both men and women. Such chains were composed of ornamental plaques joined by various kinds of link. Attached to the chain would be a matching watch, often accompanied by several charms. This inspiring piece of decorative finery could attain a high degree of magnificence. Surviving with its original presentation case, this chatelaine is a perfect example of these richly elaborated pieces.