Tag Archives: Light

Hall and Entranceway Lanterns

As winter approaches and the days grow shorter, it seems an appropriate time to discuss an important lighting fixture in most upper- and middle-class Regency homes, the lantern which illuminated the main entrance hall to the house. Though such lanterns … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:  Gaslight Makes Its Debut on the London Stage

This coming Sunday marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the first instance in which gaslight was used to light the stage of one of London’s legitimate theatres. A non-patent theatre had been fully lit with gas, including its stage, the year … Continue reading

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England’s Triumph

Yet again, I have come across a very handy resource which I believe will be of value to many Regency authors. This book will be particularly useful to those who are writing about the events which took place between the … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Davy Tests His Safety Lamp

Two hundred years ago, tomorrow, Sir Humphrey Davy tested his mine safety lamp in a working coal mine. Davy had invented and perfected his safety lamp in the autumn 1815. Was this first test a success? More importantly, was the … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Duchess of Richmond’s Ball

This coming Monday will be the two-hundredth anniversary of perhaps the most famous social event in history, the ball hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Richmond in Brussels on the same day news came of the French army’s advance … Continue reading

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Portraits Floating in Glass:   Crystal Cameos

Though we most often associate cameos with jewelry, a special type of cameo which became popular during the Regency was to be found primarily on very fine glassware. Such pieces were very expensive and were typically to be seen only … Continue reading

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Halloween in the Regency

Or not.   In fact, it depended upon the part of the British Isles in which one lived whether, or how, that particular holy day eve was recognized and/or celebrated. Halloween has ancient roots as a pagan new year and … Continue reading

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