Hello, my lovelies! It's been quite some time since I posted a Regency Wednesday post on this blog, so I thought it was long past due. With that in mind, I went searching through some Regency periodicals, looking for an interesting tidbit to share. I believe the following qualifies as interesting...
A Steam Yacht in 1819
"Frock of scarlet gauze, brocaded with white silken flowers, worn over a white satin slip; the dress richly ornamented with fine lace. The head-dress consisting of either a beautiful tiara of pearls, or a fancy ornament of downy plumage, or of frosted Italian frivolité; this ornament is, however, almost concealed by a bonnet de Turc, composed entirely of white ostrich feathers, playing in different directions. The stamina of the Turk's cap, with the pistil, are represented by a small plume of short white heron's feathers."*
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Queer as Dick's Hatband
Legs. Queer pins; ill shapen legs.
A whore; also a soldier's trull. See TRULL.
QUEER AS DICK'S HATBAND.
Out of order, without knowing one's disease.
A volatile, unsteady, or whimsical man or woman.*
"It's good, because you get sweetness, and then suddenly you get salty cow."
—Sue describing Parmesan ice-cream
I love how they intersperse this with historical tidbits. It makes for an all-around enjoyable bit of research for anyone interested in the English Regency.
Incidentally, when hubby and I first watched this years ago, we realized his favorite snack (cheese toasted on bread) is actually Welsh Rarebit. As soon as we saw this, learning that English Rarebit includes red wine on the bread, we tried that too. He prefers the Welsh version. LOL
What did you find to be the most interesting aspect of this video?
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It was while I was reading about this position, learning about all the many, many things that falls under a housekeeper's jurisdiction, that I stumbled into the recipe section of The Servant's Guide and Family Manual. I almost spit my drink when I saw the following recipe...
Morning Dress for April 1815
A loose robe of fine cambric or worked jaconot muslin, over a petticoat of the same, flounced with French trimming; long full sleeve, confined at the wrist with treble drawings, and ornamented with corresponding trimming. The robe, or négligé, of demi-length, is confined at the top by a narrow collar, or gathered into a Vandyke ruff, and is worn with a coloured silk handkerchief, tied carelessly round the neck, and is fastened down the front with bows and tassels. A mob cap, composed of net and Brussels lace, decorated with a cluster of flowers, and bows of satin ribbon. Hair curled in the neck. Slippers or sandals of pale tan-coloured kid. Gloves en suite.*
*Taken verbatim from Ackermann's Repository, 1815, p. 242. Get the Google e-book HERE.
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A military term for a strict disciplinarian: from the name of a French general, famous for restoring military discipline to the French army. He first disciplined the French infantry, and regulated their method of encampment: he was killed at the siege of Doesbourg in the year 1672.
Young thieves or pickpockets. Cant.
Ninny, or Ninnyhammer.
To be ottomised; to be dissected. You'll be scragged, ottomised, and grin in a glass case: you'll be hanged, anatomised, and your skeleton kept in a glass case at Surgeons' Hall.
*Taken verbatim from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. Get your free Kindle edition HERE.
Beau Brummell was born June 7, 1778. I figured today was a good Wednesday to re-post this. Enjoy! ♥
He set the trends for fashion and cleanliness of person. His acerbic wit was both loved and feared by his contemporaries. In the early years of the century, he was never far from the Prince of Wales's side.
At the start of the Regency in 1811, the newly appointed Prince Regent started distancing himself from some of his friends, Brummell included. Towards the end of the Regency, as his debts piled up until he couldn't afford to pay them, Brummell lost favor with the Regent and fled to the continent in 1816 to escape debtor's prison. He died in Caen, France in 1840, insane and poor.
Teeth. How the swell flashed his ivories; how the gentleman shewed his teeth.
A punishment in use among the Dutch seamen, in which, for certain offences, the delinquent is drawn once, or oftener, under the ship's keel: ludicrously defined, undergoing hard-ship.
An awkward fellow: a name given by sailors to landsmen.*
*Taken verbatim from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. Get your free Kindle copy HERE.
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