Monthly Archives: July 2011

A Sad Centenary:   The Passing of John Ashton

London — 29 July 1911 — On this day, passed from this life, John Ashton, aged seventy-seven years. Mr. Ashton departed this world at his home in north-west London, located at 4, Middleton-road, off Camden-road in Islington. Just who is … Continue reading

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The Now Vanished Ephemeral Art:   Chalking the Regency Ballroom Floor

… like chalk-figures drawn on ballroom floors to be danced out before morning! William Hazlitt The Conversation of Authors 1826 And so they would be danced out, never to be seen again. But while they lasted, they enhanced the ballroom … Continue reading

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Upholding the Light:   Regency Candle Holders – Part Two

Last week, I wrote about some of the many types of candlesticks, that is, portable candle holders, which were in use during the decade of the Regency, from the very large and elegant to the rather small and utilitarian. Mention … Continue reading

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Upholding the Light:   Regency Candle Holders – Part One

Last week, I wrote about the various types of candles which might have been in use during the years of the Regency. But candles were only one half of the equation when it came to the lighting fixtures of the … Continue reading

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Regency Candles:   Technology and Law

Candles.   Just some wax and a bit of string, right?   Simple, easy to make, any one could do it?   Not so much. Candles, the primary source of light during the Regency, were actually a rather complex commodity … Continue reading

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