Monthly Archives: November 2013

Regency Bicentennial:   Puffing Billy Hits the Rails

Though the exact date is unknown, two hundred years ago, the oldest extant steam locomotive had been completed and was undergoing its first tests. There had been other steam locomotives built in England before Puffing Billy, but none of them … Continue reading

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"Salads of Many Herbs" — Zibaldone in the Regency

Despite the title, this article has very little to do with salads, herbs or greens of any kind. Zibaldone is actually translated as "hotchpotch," and for centuries it was the Italian word for what were known as commonplace books in … Continue reading

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Billiards in the Regency

The Regency version of the game was played very differently than the way it is played today. It required only three balls, no rack and a mace was used as often as a cue. The only similarity between modern-day pool … Continue reading

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The Mote Skimmer:   A Specialty Tea Accessory

Mote skimmers, also called mote spoons, were considered an essential part of any upscale English tea service for well over a century before the Regency began. Yet today, very few people are even aware of the existence of mote skimmers, … Continue reading

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The English Regency Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston for the first time in more than a year. The MFA has been undergoing an ambitious remodeling and expansion project and this visit was my … Continue reading

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