Category Archives: Household Maintenance

Aspects of Housekeeping and Household Management

Before Silver Paper Was Silver

      ". . . . . . Harriet unfolded the parcel, . . . Within abundance of silver paper was a pretty little Tunbridge-ware box, which Harriet opened: it was well lined with the softest cotton; but, excepting the cotton, … Continue reading

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Regency Bed Linens

Last fall, I wrote about mattresses in the Regency, so it seems about time that I got around to writing about the sheets which covered those mattresses. Just as mattresses of the Regency period do not resemble the mattresses which … Continue reading

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The Salts of Epsom

My grandmother swore by Epsom salts for lots of things, particularly as a remedy for what ails a person, inside or out. I still have a box on my shelf, and use them from time to time, just as Grandma … Continue reading

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Before the Box Spring:   Mattresses in the Regency

There have been mattresses on this planet for nearly as long as there have been humans living anywhere on it. In fact, the mattress maybe the oldest furniture form made by humans. Certainly, by the Regency, mattresses had come a … Continue reading

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Of Hot-Beds and Cold Frames

About a half century before the term "hot-bed" was used to refer to a place or group which promoted the rapid development of some philosophy or phenomenon which was considered to be politically or socially subversive, a hot-bed was a … Continue reading

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Frigorific Solutions of the Regency

Despite what you may be thinking, this particular f-word is perfectly respectable. In fact, it is quite learned, as it is now, and was during the Regency, the scientific term for things that produce cold. In fact, the first documented … Continue reading

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Saltpetre:   Regency Refrigeration

Most everyone knows that saltpetre was the primary ingredient used in the making of gunpowder and other explosives, including fireworks, from ancient times right through the Regency. But did you know that it could also be used as a cooling … Continue reading

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