When Transferware Came Into Its Own

Transferware is a type of ceramics which have been ornamented by transfer printing. That was a method for decorating ceramics which was invented in England during middle of the eighteenth century. However, the popularity of transferware began to increase significantly during the second half of the Regency. Curiously, transfer printing was first developed as a cheap method by which to imitate Chinese imports. However, in the years after Waterloo, the focus turned to indigenous British designs and those designs found great favor with a wide range of people, both across the country and abroad. Transferware pieces would have been found in many homes all over Britain during the Regency. Authors setting stories in that period may want to know the specific particulars about transferware before the Regent became king.

Transferware through the Regency . . .

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Of Taw, or Marbles, Through the Regency

Games played using small spheres have been in existence for centuries. Such games were also played in many parts of Britain during the Regency. Games of marbles are still played around the world, even today. However, there have been some changes in the types of marbles used to play these games since the early nineteenth century. Regency authors who wish to include a game or two of marbles in one of their stories may like to have some of the details about the game of marbles during our favorite period. Romance authors may also be intrigued to learn that there is a tale of romance bound up in the history of the first competitive marble tournament in England.

A brief look at marbles through the Regency . . .

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Your Most Obedient Servant

This is a remarkable and charming little book which I was thoroughly delighted to find on the shelves of one of my favorite local used book stores. My discovery was completely serendipitous, since I had previously been quite unaware of it. Even more so, since my discovery mirrored that of the manuscript on which this book is based. Those who are interested in the Regency, the Peninsular Wars, the Battle of Waterloo or the Duke of Wellington may well want to read it, if not acquire their own copy. The fact that the manuscript on which this book is based survived into the twentieth century is just as remarkable as the story it tells.

Why Your Most Obedient Servant is so special . . .

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Cat Keeping in the Regency

Domestic cats have been sharing the lives of humans for centuries, and they certainly did so during the Regency. But the life of a cat during our favorite decade was rather different than that of a cat in the early twenty-first century. So was the attitude of most humans toward these often solitary and seemingly mysterious creatures during the Regency. For Regency authors who might want to allow one of their characters to keep a cat in an upcoming story, some details on cat-keeping in the early nineteenth century might be useful.

Domestic cats and their care during the Regency . . .

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The Dorset Button

Not only did Dorset buttons hold a wide array of garments together, these tiny works of needle art also helped to hold together many families in Dorsetshire, right through the decade of the Regency. Though this type of button originated almost four hundred years ago, and fell mostly out of fashion early in the last century, that same button type is still made and used today. In fact, many of you may have Dorset buttons on one or more of your own garments. Perhaps the needleworkers among you may even make your own Dorset buttons.

The buttons of Dorset through the Regency . . .

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Regency Bicentennial:   The "Debut" of Princess Caraboo

Without doubt, the appearance of this "princess" clearly shows that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. Two hundred years ago, this coming Monday, a discombobulated young woman was found wandering the streets of a rural village in southwestern England. Her explanation of who she was and how she came to be there was so outrageous it convinced many in the area that it must be true. It was not until several weeks later that facts came to light which caused her story to unravel and embarrass some of those who had believed her. And yet, it is clear the fictitious princess was not the only one who took advantage of the situation.

The first appearance of Princess Caraboo . . .

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The Dandy Chargers — 2017 Riding Schedule

This is a very significant year for the Dandy Chargers. Not only is it their seventeenth season as an organized group of pedestrian hobby horse enthusiasts, it is also the bicentennial anniversary of the invention of that uniquely Regency vehicle.
Called a velocipede by its inventor, Baron Karl von Drais, it is one of the very first examples of mechanized transportation. The so-called "Year Without a Summer," 1816, not only wiped out many crops, it also drastically reduced the number of horses, mules and other animals who typically provided transport for people all across Europe. This circumstance was one of the motivating factors which led Baron von Drais to develop his two-wheeled, human-powered vehicle.

Known widely as the "dandy horse" or "hobby horse" in Britain, these vehicles became all the rage in the last year of the Regency. Partly due to the irresponsible riding practices of many in the dandy set, these vehicles had mostly fallen out of fashion by the time the Prince Regent became King George IV. Fortunately for us today, the Dandy Chargers maintain and ride their dandy horses, in period costume, at various venues across Britain each spring and summer.

The 2017 Riding Schedule for the Dandy Chargers . . .

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