Category Archives: Penmanship

Aspects of Writing and the Implements Necessary Thereto

Shorthand in the Regency

Though few people today are aware if it, shorthand has a long and rather tangled history which dates back to ancient times. That includes the early nineteenth century. However, the modern versions of shorthand systems, which are still in use … Continue reading

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Some Charming Abcedariums of the Regency

For those of you who may not be familiar with the term, abcedarium is taken from Latin, and by the last decades of the eighteenth century in England, was certainly the most highbrow of the words which denoted a book … Continue reading

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A Paper Knife Was Not a Letter Opener

Paper knives were commonly found on many desks during the Regency. Paper knives were not the same as pen knives, nor were they made for the purpose of opening letters. However, they would become the inspiration for letter openers in … Continue reading

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Of Wax-Jacks and Bougie-Boxes

Recently, I posted an article here about sealing wax. During the Regency, sealing wax was an essential part of correspondence, as this was several decades before the introduction of the adhesive paper envelopes which we take so for granted today. … Continue reading

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Sealing … Wax?

During the Regency, the substance used to seal letters and other documents was seldom made with any wax at all. However, there had been a time in Europe when wax was all that was used to seal documents. It was … Continue reading

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A Pen Knife was not always a "Pocket-Knife"

The pocket-knife which we know today has its roots in the pen knife, or scribal knife, of the Middle Ages. But not only did those early knives not fold, few of them would safely or conveniently fit in a pocket, … Continue reading

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The Regency:   "So long, Long S"

As with many other curious things which have been chronicled here, the decade of the Regency saw the last lingering use of the Long S, at least in print. Most people continued to use it in those documents which they … Continue reading

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