Monthly Archives: September 2010

FOR A FANCY DRESS BALL

On the 5th May, 1788, the Prince of Wales ordered from Louis Bazalgette some rather comical items of fancy dress. [The above extract from the account can be read if you use “Click to view large”.] I haven’t yet found out what occasion these were t… Continue reading

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TAILORS’ PAY AND ‘COMBINATIONS’ IN GEORGIAN LONDON

The journeymen tailors had a history of solidarity dating back at least to the early 18th century. What nowadays would be called trade unions were then in existence, under the names of ‘clubs’ or ‘combinations’, although they were much more at the… Continue reading

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WORKING CONDITIONS OF TAILORS IN GEORGIAN LONDON

The tailoring trade was organized like the other ancient trade guilds. There were the master tailors, who owned the businesses and therefore made the profits. Against these often large profits had to be offset the high cost of materials, wages and… Continue reading

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THE REGENCY REDINGOTE

Many thanks to Kathryn Kane for posting a link to my blog site in the blogroll of her Regency Redingote site at http://regencyredingote.wordpress.com/ It’s more likely that you arrived here from there, rather then the other way round, but if you d… Continue reading

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LINK TO A TAILORING BLOG

Loretta Chase, of the ‘Two Nerdy History Girls’ blog duo, just found a good brief description of a tailor’s work, which she posted on their blog site. See http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com/2010/09/london-tailor-1818.html I hadn’t seen this … Continue reading

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GENERAL MOURNING – TEN SHILLINGS EXTRA!

‘General mourning’ was decreed for persons of importance, and although it became increasingly popular as the nineteeth century progressed (by the 1840’s there were several ‘Mourning Warehouses”, such as Jay’s, in Regent Street alone), even in 1786… Continue reading

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