Monthly Archives: October 2009

What is Shagreen?

And why should you care? Well, it was everywhere during the Regency, and the word actually referred to more than one material, each of which could be put to a different purpose, though all were somewhat similar in appearance. The … Continue reading

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The Precious Regency Pencil

The ubiquitous wooden stick with a mineral core, now often painted yellow, is something that we all take for granted today. But this writing implement, which did not require ink, had only just begun to be manufactured in significant numbers … Continue reading

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Don’t Shake It — Cast It!

Condiments, that is. With a castar, a castor, or a caster. All spellings were current and acceptable during the decade of the Regency. However, today the name of this useful item of table furniture is most commonly spelled "caster." Though … Continue reading

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The Regency Had No Wallpaper

Which is not to say that there were not many walls in many buildings throughout the Regency which were not covered with decorative paper. But not one scrap of that paper was called "wallpaper" during the Regency for the simple … Continue reading

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Blakeney Manor

We seek him here, We seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven? — Is he in hell? That demmed, elusive Pimpernel. Recited by Sir Percy Blakeney in Chapter 12 of The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness … Continue reading

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