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Reconnoiter & Request

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Quantock Hills, Somersetshire, early November 1848 “I’m tired of discussing Hugh’s visit.” “We needn’t speak of him, unless you want to, my lady.” “I should be studying formulae.” Kate led Isabel deeper into the front garden. “I have an examination on Euclid and Mr. Bradley’s practical geometry this afternoon. Miss …

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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We hope you enjoy the articles and short stories presented here, and will join Kate in her adventures for many years to come. Upon request, you will receive an inscribed copy of Kate Tattersall Adventures in China with every donation of $10 or more plus shipping. Please use the Contact Page to provide your …

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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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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British Cavalry Sabres of the early to mid 1800s

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

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Early Victorian Nightclothes; casual cosy attire for ladies

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

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Victorian Women in Trousers, Pants, Breeches & Pantaloons

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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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Penny Dreadfuls; the Victorian era adventures for the masses

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

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

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Links of Interest for Victorian Era Enthusiasts

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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 the Victoria …

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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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 …