1820-1840 ca. Hand-Embroidered Wedding Corset, Connecticut, USA. Ivory cotton covered with hand embroidery, including love birds on hearts, front pocket for busk, eyelets for back lacing.Continue reading →
“Beau” Brummell (7 June 1778 – 30 March 1840)
- Iconic figure of the Regency Era in England.
- Friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV.
- Champion of understated but perfectly fitted and tailored bespoke garments.
1840 ca. Yew Games Table, English.
This Games table from circa 1840 has a rotating top veneered in burr yew which opens to reveal an oval baize playing surface with a burr yew surround.
A pull-out frieze drawer has playing surfaces for backgammon and chess.Continue reading →
1804 Views of Modern London By Richard Phillips. Spectacular Regency London via Google Books (PD-180)Continue reading →
A Regency Era Christmas time tradition.Continue reading →
Christmas Carols In History
The word ‘carol’ comes from the old French ‘carole’ for a song written and played as a courtly dancing song. Carols then took on a more popular form, telling stories and celebrating religious themes for all seasons until the late 19th century when they became associated with Christmas.
In 1822, Davies Gilbert published “Some Ancient Christmas Carols”, in which he described a typical English West Country Christmas. The collection sang of food, drink, and good things celebrated at Christmas.
The British Museum said: “Mr. Gilbert has taken advantage of old Time, and made safe, for some centuries at least, a record of our ancient Christmas Carols; and for this good deed has secured the gratitude of Antiquaries yet unborn. These Carols are genuine national curiosities.”
They took the place of Psalms in all churches on Christmas Day and, as the whole congregation could join in, were greeted with huge approval. Carols were passed on orally from place to place, often with different words or tunes.
The published carols included songs still popular today, including The First Noël, I Saw Three Ships, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. This collection was followed by compilations of carols from other scholars such as William Sandy’s works in 1833 and 1852.