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Young Lady Katelyn Elizabeth, Adventures & Tribulations

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Below you will find links to the chapters covering events in Kate’s life, from her thirteenth birthday to her débutante presentation at court to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. These were originally posted as blog articles but have been converted to pages. Unfortunately, the pages cannot be commented on, and …

What a Delightful Habit; lovely Victorian ladies and their horse riding clothes

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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. Mankind’s love of horses is older than recorded time and continues today. Nothing compares to a gallop; your mount gliding swift and even, barely making contact with the …

Victorian Fashion Terms; N ~ Z

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Please refer to the previous article, Victorian Fashion Terms; A ~ M, for an introduction. Nonchalantes were the first elasticized corsets, marketed around 1850 as travelling corsets. Rubber had been used in clothing for about twenty years, and started to be less smelly and more durable. However, these early elasticized …

Cane Guns; Victorian concealed firearms of gentlemen & cads

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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 common accessory of the Victorian gentleman was a cane, walking stick, or umbrella. With the improvement of metallurgy and precision firearms came the development of cane guns. Many were …

Incredible Victorian Inventions & the Roots of Steampunk

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When writers like Jules Verne (1828-1905) and artists such as Albert Robida (1848-1926) began dreaming up the first works of science fiction, they were wondering what might be possible based on the fantastic creations of the Victorian era. Most people today aren’t aware of what the daring inventors managed to accomplish, …

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 …

British Cavalry Sabres of the early to mid 1800s

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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. The development of cavalry sabres had a great effect on the uniforms worn by the armies of the 18th and 19th centuries. The stiff headdresses, neck stocks, reinforced …

Victorian Feminine Ideal; about the perfect silhouette, hygiene, grooming, & body sculpting

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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. Warning: This article contains nudity, depicted through fine art and early photography. I’ve received several notes asking about various details of the feminine ideal during the Victorian era, …

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 …

Royalty, Nobility, Gentry, & Titles; a matter of Victorian ranks & precedence

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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. One of the most confusing aspects of reading anything written in the mid 1800s is the way titles, ranks, and names were used, and who took precedence in …

Victorian Women in Trousers, Pants, Breeches & Pantaloons

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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. Despite the popular belief, women did wear trousers in the 1800s. A search will find dozens of records of diarists who noted British and European members of the …

Chinese Opium Trade; as it was in the mid 1800s

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In the 1840s Britain grew wealthy on the sale of opium. It had been prescribed for decades in various forms by medical practitioners as countless remedies, usually in small doses. However, the narcotic was also abused, and created pitiful addiction for the users. It was legal to ship and sell …

Roots of the British Secret Service

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Officially, the British Secret Intelligence Service formed in 1909 under the name of Secret Service Bureau, in a response to the perceived threat caused by activities of the Imperial German Government. However, international intrigue is clearly documented well back over five centuries. Perhaps one of the best examples is Sir …

Spatterdashes, Gaiters, Spats; for protection, warmth, & disguise

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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 term spatterdashes (also spatterdashers) goes back to the late 17th Century, referring to long leather leggings worn to protect stockings and trousers from spatters of mud while dashing about …

Penny Dreadfuls; the Victorian era adventures for the masses

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If you enjoy this website, and would like to see it remain open, please purchase Kate Tattersall Adventures in China. Story papers, also known as penny dreadfuls, penny horribles, penny awfuls, penny numbers, and penny bloods, were started in the 1830s becoming immensely popular and, of course, sold for one …

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 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 …

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 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 …