Category Archives: History

Chatelaines ~ A Housekeeper’s Essential Utility

Chatelaines ~ A Housekeeper’s Essential Utility

The concept of an all-purpose, at your fingertips device or container, is instantly comprehensible to our modern mindset. Whether a purse or handbag, the not-so-popular as it once was fanny-pack, a briefcase, backpacks, or simply deep pockets in one’s garments, the desire for a secure place on one’s person to stow essential items are universal.… Continue Reading

Housekeeper and Housemaids. Females Rule!

Housekeeper and Housemaids. Females Rule!

Moving on in the series covering the many people who kept a massive country estate running efficiently, time for the fourth installment. To read the previous three essays, the links are below– Servants & Staff at a Country Estate: An Overview Domestic Servants Who Weren’t Actually Servants The Butler and The Male Staff. Much Needed… Continue Reading

Understanding Ceramics. Porcelain vs. Bone China vs. Pottery.

Understanding Ceramics. Porcelain vs. Bone China vs. Pottery.

The best place to begin this informative essay is answering the baseline question: What is a ceramic? Ceramics are classified as inorganic and non-metallic solids which permanently change when heated. The resulting products have a range of useful properties, including extraordinary hardness and strength, extremely high melting points, and good electrical and thermal insulation. Ceramics are… Continue Reading

Carpets and Rugs: A History of Floor Coverings

Carpets and Rugs: A History of Floor Coverings

Placing a covering of some sort over a floor or other indoor walking surface probably originated with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The desire for a barrier for additional warmth from the cold ground and comfort for the feet is instinctual, our earliest ancestors most likely using strewn plant materials and animal skins prior to perfecting… Continue Reading

Gardez L’eau! Or, The Toilet

Gardez L’eau! Or, The Toilet

Keeping with the theme this week of personal care, I decided to dust off and update a previous article focusing on the bathroom. Whether calling it the bathroom, powder room, dressing room, toilet, or any other acceptable term or slang, houses even in the bygone days before indoor plumbing included a room (or rooms) for… Continue Reading

Regency Era Personal Hygiene

Regency Era Personal Hygiene

In my blog post on Tuesday, I established that our ancestors were not as filthy and smelly as often claimed. Long before the Regency, bathing (even showering) was a way of life. If you missed that post, be sure to read it too! Today I shall dig deeper into bathing and personal hygiene practices and… Continue Reading

London Entertainment Off the Beaten Path

London Entertainment Off the Beaten Path

Those of us who love the Regency Era and devour novels by Austen, Heyer, and contemporary authors within the genre are familiar with the famous London hot spots. We have joined our heroines at balls held at Almack’s Assembly, eavesdropped on manly conversation over a game of faro or poker at White’s and Brook’s gentlemen’s clubs,… Continue Reading