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Early Victorian Women’s Hats; Part 1, concerning bonnets

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. It seems no one would be caught outside without a hat throughout the 1800s, in particular the wealthy, who could afford different head wear for every occasion. The unwashed masses …


Boots for an Adventuress; what did Kate Tattersall wear?

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When we started looking at drawing images of Kate we referenced fashion plates from the era. However, the women’s feet were generally hidden by the long skirts of the times. Research shows there existed many styles of footwear: plain buttoned ankle brogues, to high-heeled knee-high laced decorated┬áboots, and everything inbetween. …


Steam Power in the mid 1800s

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The first “horseless carriage” to be demonstrated in London was constructed by Richard Trevithick in 1803. It was designed as a passenger vehicle and averaged between 4 to 9 mph (6.5 to 14.5km), similar to a trotting horse. While the propulsion system seemed to be fine, and perhaps could have …


19th Century False Teeth; or why Kate Tattersall practised good dental hygiene

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. In one of Kate’s adventures she wrote about entering a dentist’s office, passing jars of teeth and several sets laid out on a table. I learned teeth were extracted from …


Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 3, pantalettes, pantalets, drawers, & bloomers

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If you enjoy this website, and would like it to remain open, please make a donation to Kate Tattersall Adventures. Click here. Drawers were not generally worn during the early 19th century by most British women. It was more convenient to wear long hose, stockings, and layers of petticoats under …


Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 2, chemises, camisoles, and a little on stays & corsets

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. The chemise of the mid 1800s varied a great deal. Most were fairly shapeless, short sleeved, hanging straight from the shoulders, perhaps all the way to the knees, commonly made …


Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 1, luxurious silk hose, colourful stockings, & socks

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. Kate Tattersall often referred to hose, stockings and socks. I thought they were all the same thing. Then I came to a passage in which she wrote about wearing hose …


Early Victorian Undergarments; an introduction, and about silk

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When Queen Victoria was crowned in 1837 the Romantic Era was still affecting fashion. Styles between 1837 and 1856 are sometimes known as Early Victorian, ending with the Crimean War and the invention of synthetic dyes, and it is a subject I never gave much consideration. It was only confusion …


Early Victorian Eyeglasses; what did Kate Tattersall wear?

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. Eyeglasses in various forms date back to the 1200s. By the 1850s they had evolved into a wide array of styles and many of the wealthy enjoyed wearing intricate versions. …


Links of Interest for Victorian Era Enthusiasts

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Victoriana Magazine. Victorian London by Lee Jackson. The Victorian Web. Correct Forms of Address by Laura Wallace. Fashion & Courtship in The Victorian Era by Fragrance X Library. Victorians on the BBC website. 19th Century Fashion from the Victoria & Albert Museum. Health & Medicine in the 19th Century from …


Early Victorian Handguns; Part 3, Kate Tattersall’s pistols

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What was special about the weapons Kate carried on her missions? They were the creations of her brother, Jack Beaufort, a brilliant inventor who drew from the skills of others and combined them for startling results. The descriptions and technical drawings are similar to any number of pepperbox revolvers which …


Early Victorian Handguns; Part 2, problems with design

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There were some surprisingly good handgun designs by the early 1850s. While many of the finest were produced in London, an outstanding model was designed and manufactured by Samuel E. Robbins and Richard S. Lawrence of Windsor, Vermont, from about 1851 to 1854. A total of about 7,000 of these …


Early Victorian Handguns; Part 1, a time of great change

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The need to stop many men at once was a problem gunsmiths had been working on for some time. Volley guns, whether long arms or hand held, were developed in the 1700s. First as flintlocks, then as percussion cap and hammer, these weapons fired (or misfired) all the barrels at …


Kate Tattersall; a little bio

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. Kate (Katelyn Elizabeth Beaufort) was born on the 11th of January 1834, her mother died a few days later. Her father was an earl, and she had five older brothers, …


Kate Tattersall, Victorian Adventuress Extraordinaire

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For a few years I’ve been sorting through a set of diaries and bundles of letters that were kept by my ancestor and crafting them into readable accounts. It has been a challenge as she often refers to certain aspects of her life which requires research. I have determined that …