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The Regency Redingote Is Retired

Eleven years and one day ago, I posted the first article for The Regency Redingote here. Earlier this year, I retired and I have decided that this is an auspicious day on which to retire The Regency Redingote. This will … Continue reading

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Of Work or "Pouch" Tables for Ladies

Women have been doing various kinds of needlework for millenia. Initially, most of that work was utilitarian, primarily making and mending clothing and household textiles. But as the centuries progressed, more and more women, particularly ladies of the upper classes, … Continue reading

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Carbonated Paper During the Regency

Despite its name, this special paper did not have any tiny bubbles in or on it. Some of you may have guessed that this was actually an early name for a business office supply commodity which was in common use … Continue reading

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Publications of Benjamin Tabart’s Juvenile Library

Last week, I wrote about the close relationship between Sir Richard Phillips and Benjamin Tabart in the children’s book publishing business. This week’s article will focus on some of the most popular of the children’s books published by Tabart & … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Demise of Benjamin Tabart?

Two hundred years ago, the name of a noted publisher of children’s books began to slip from the realm of British book publishing. By the end of 1818, little was heard from him again, except that his name sometimes appeared … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Stothards and the Bayeux Tapestry

Two hundred years ago, this week, Charles Stothard was making plans for his third trip to France, at the direction of the Council of the Society of Antiquaries. He would travel to the French town of Bayeux in order to … Continue reading

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Of Inkstands and Standishes

Even before the Regency, these diminutive and decorative altars to the pursuit of belle lettres could be found on the desks of most educated people. Before the Regency came to a close, they could also be found in the homes … Continue reading

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Of Ciphers and Monograms

Though the terms cipher and monogram are often used interchangeably today, they are, in fact, two distinct classes of alphabetic initial design and presentation. Few today know the difference between them, but most members of the Regency aristocracy, gentry and … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Passing of Jane Austen

This coming Tuesday, 18 July 2017, will be the two-hundredth anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. Certainly not something to be celebrated, but it should be noted by all of those who love the Regency and/or Miss Austen’s delightful … Continue reading

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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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The Curious Corner Chair Through the Regency

In actual fact, this unique form of chair, which originated in England in the early eighteenth century, had any number of names, usually suggesting a possible use, for nearly a century before the Regency began. Though they had mostly fallen … Continue reading

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A Vision of Britain Through Time Web Site

Recently, I happened upon a web site which I suspect many Regency authors will find both useful and convenient, particularly when researching places or locations in Britain. It is called A Vision of Britain Through Time, and is the work … Continue reading

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Reading & Writing Accessories by Ian Spellerberg

There was a time when the ability to read and write was not widely held. And many of those who enjoyed those skills acquired various implements to aid their activities. Some of those specialized implements were beautifully made and richly … Continue reading

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The Bruntons:   A Theatrical Family

Most aficionados of the Regency are familiar with at least some of the leading actors and actresses of that era, but they were only the major stars. However, a play could not be put on with only the stars. There … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Naughty Nappy Hits the Press

In the autumn of 1815, the news had reached Europe that the British Royal Navy ship, HMS Northumberland, had dropped anchor in the harbor of the island of St. Helena, on 15 October 1815. Napoleon Bonaparte and his small retinue … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   First Printing of Beowulf

How many of us read the epic Old English poem, Beowulf (in translation, of course), when we were in high school or college? If, like me, you found it rather slow going, you now have yet another reason to wish … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Mount Tambora Erupts

Two hundred years ago, today, began the single most violent and explosive volcanic eruption ever to occur on this planet in recorded history. Though this volcano erupted halfway around the world from Great Britain, and few there were aware of … Continue reading

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