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Victorian Fashion Terms; A ~ M

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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. When reading 19th century diaries, literature, and magazines, one might come across something like this: “Basquine of black velvet trimmed with narrow galloon, which is edged with lace. …

British Infantry Swords & the Royal Navy Boarding Cutlass of the the early to mid 1800s

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. As standing armies formed, gentlemen outfitted themselves with whatever weapons they preferred and could afford. The rank and file were provided with arms and uniforms by their parent regiment, often …

A Note For Students; in regards to book reports and projects

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If you’ve selected Kate Tattersall Adventures in China for a book report I’m flattered, thank you very much. I hope this article will help, and you find the mid 1800s a very interesting era to study. The adventure is over 41,000 words, so it should be long enough to meet …

Military Rifles in the mid 1800s

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During the early 19th century, muzzle-loading flintlock muskets were the weapon of choice for the infantry. These firearms were crafted long, so even when three ranks deep there was no danger of shooting a cohort in the back, and could be fixed with bayonets for close combat, again taking the …

Early Victorian Nightclothes; casual cosy attire for ladies

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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. In the mid 1800s a wealthy lady might easily spend twelve hours of every day in her nightclothes. Indeed, she could spend weeks inhabiting her boudoir and dressing …

Mourning Dress During the Early Victorian Era

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. Anyone who was wealthy enough to afford it was expected to wear mourning dress when a family member or friend passed away. During the early Victorian era the requirements weren’t …

Early Victorian Era Make-up; cosmetics & embellishments

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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. Like any fashion, make-up went through highs and lows of popularity through the centuries, indeed, from decade to decade. This article will concentrate on Britain in the 1800s, up to …

Parasols During the Early Victorian Era

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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 history of sunshades goes back thousands of years, but it was during the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century that umbrellas and parasols were introduced to Europe. At first …

Pistol Duelling during the Early Victorian Era

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. By the 1840s pistols were the weapon of choice for duels in Britain. Learning to properly defend oneself with a sabre took far more practise and skill. It also required …

Sabre Duelling during the Early Victorian Era

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A matter of honour, settled with sabres, was still somewhat common during the Early Victorian era (1837 to 1861*). In the German States it had evolved into duelling clubs, mostly based at universities, where young men gleefully slashed at each other regularly over any slight, wanting to receive wounds as …

Duels and Duellists, an Early Victorian View; Introduction

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When examining duelling during the 19th century, a clear division must be made between sabres and pistols. When it came to swordplay, combatants could agree to first blood, or to the death. Pistols, on the other hand, immediately indicated a desire to kill your opponent, as any wound was more …

“Coming Out” During the Early Victorian Era; about debutantes

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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. During the Regency and into the Victorian era, the London social season was particularly busy from April to the end of June, but events were held throughout the …

Early Victorian Women’s Hats; Part 3, wear whatever you like

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. Often when people write about fashion they will quote one source and seem to think there were hard and fast rules followed. In truth, the artwork of any era reveals …

Early Victorian Women’s Hats; Part 2, for sun & riding

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. While bonnets were the most common choice throughout the early Victorian era, a wealthy lady could purchase hats of countless varieties. I don’t intend to cover them all here. Likewise, …

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 boots, 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 …

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; 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. …

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 …