Monthly Archives: August 2016

Victorian Jewelry Roundup

As many of you have realized, I’ve been doing a lot of research on Victorian jewelry lately, as my posts have indicated. I have a few small notes which probably aren’t quite big enough for their own posts, so I’m … Continue reading

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The Marchioness of Londonderry

I found the following story in Diana Scarisbrick’s Ancestral Jewels (1990). “One of society’s greatest amusements was the impersonation of historical characters at costume balls. Frances Anne Vane-Tempest-Stewart, wife of the third Marquess of Londonderry, had the jewels, the style … Continue reading

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Berthas

I found this story in Nancy Armstrong’s Victorian Jewelry (1976). In the 1850s and 1860s, as skirts widened, they had to be balanced by the lowness of the neckline on evening dresses. So evening gowns went from this in the … Continue reading

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Victoria’s Bracelet

After my last post about those terrifying earrings, I thought we should do another post about ghastly Victorian jewelry. I found the following in Joan Evans’s A History of Jewellery: 1100-1870 (2nd ed.), 1989, p. 179. “The characteristic English trends … Continue reading

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Victorian Earrings

Just a really quick post today, but something I ABSOLUTELY have to share with you. I discovered this in Clare Phillips’s Jewels and Jewellery (London: V&A Publications, 2000, pp.90-91) while doing some research for an article. According to my research, … Continue reading

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The Jukes Clan

I was first alerted to the Jukes clan by reading Christine Ferguson’s Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity, and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing, 1848-1930 (2012). This is SUCH an interesting story about how academic research can help to inform public … Continue reading

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Easy Divorce

I am reblogging this really fun story from Futility Closet’s blog here. “In 1892 … a law firm in the American West came up with the idea of a divorce papers vending machine. For a while, at least, legal divorce … Continue reading

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