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Monday, July 18, 2011

The 18th Century Blog: Letters To The Past; The Love For History

The 18th Century Blog: Letters To The Past; The Love For History: "One of the great history blogs I frequent ' The Love For History ' has come up with a new quirky idea! Have you ever wanted to write a let..."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Really, really, really disappointed

I missed out on this wonderful pair of silver and paste (glass) shoe buckles on eBay.  I resisted them a month or so back when they were on 'Buy It Now' and regretted it so when they were listed again I went ahead and bid.  But I got gazumped. 
These buckles reek 'rococco' to me. They made my heart melt. 
I could see myself with them on my American Duchess shoes, or if they proved too big, with one on my hat. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Ooooo a wig pin!

Have you ever heard of a wig pin? 
Not a hair pin such as you'd use to secure your wig but a decorative type thing.
I certainly imagined 18th century women would put decorations of all kinds in their hair but haven't see anything that was described as a wig pin before.
In this case an antique English silver paste wig pin from around 1750 according to the description.  And the design is said to represent a stylised comet!  I'm glad the description made that clear because my first instinct was a wrench which is not something I'd imagine in a ladies wig.  (Although I do have a small stick pin which is a jewelled wrench. Yeah don't ask!)
By the by, the paste mentioned is actually ground glass packed into a mould and melted to form little glass jewels. So 'paste' jewellery equals glass!  And I am a bit taken with paste jewellery. But that's another post, so back to the wig pin!
It certainly isn't constucted like any hair pin I've seen. The shaft is thicker for one thing so it doesn't look like a stick pin you might put in your clothes or even a hat pin.
It could however be placed in a button hole and secured by the projecting top end as well as the bottom of the shaft.
After some Google searching I came across an item on Isis Wardrobe blog about an item she bought on eBay also described as a wig pin. But I have to agree with her. It looks more like a hat pin.  And it's very different from this little comet pin. 
If you can shed any light on historical wig pins I would LOVE to hear from you! So don't be shy!
If you are the owner and would like me to take the picture down please email me and I'll oblige.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


It is supremely annoying when one knows one has ostrich feathers but one cannot find them.  This may be because one has 'stuff' all over the place and needs a much better method of organisation.
However one did retrieve a single feather from a hair ornament previously worn to a posh 'do' and then bought some more.  Yes alright I bought some more.  Because I could not wait, I was not interested in being patient and looking for the aforementioned feathers which I will of course find now that I have purchased some more.  I expect I could go on being annoyed or I could be thankful that:
a. I could afford to buy more feathers and
b. there was a shop within cooee which actually had ostrich feathers for sale. 
So yes I am thankful for those things and will now set about determining how to trim my bergère hat which may or may not feature the feathers.  But of course I will need the ostrich feathers at some point because this is the 18th century after all.  And I love hats.