: Romance author Candace Hearn is a collector of Georgian and Regency period antiques, with a few Victorian examples thrown in. (Read: 18th and early 19th century, for those of you who aren't up on the dating of the British monarchy.) Her selections include fashion prints, jewelry, purses, quizzing glasses (quoz!), and more. It's an interesting look at the minutiae that was once part of daily life, and now not even heard of (had you any prior knowledge of étuis, or of "lover's eyes" or vinaigrettes? I had not).Démodé
is a seamstress' blog. Of particular interest is her Extant Women's Clothing directory
, which she has made by searching the catalogs of museums around the world so you don't have to! The directory is divided up by era, then further subdivided by decade and type of clothing (underpinnings, day dresses, evening gowns, so forth). It covers the years 1750-1919.
Similarly, the Real Regency Clothing
site offers a glimpse at extant clothing, this one limited to the 1790-1830 period and therefore rather smaller in quantity of images shown. However, it includes men's clothing in addition to women's.
It is part of a larger site, simply known as the Regency Fashion Page
, which despite its garish magenta background has good information on it, including fashion plates and detailed explanations of all the different sorts of clothing worn by the ton
in Regency times, such as the difference between undress, half dress, and full dress, and when it is appropriate to wear a promenade dress as opposed to a walking dress.
Going back in time a few decades to the height of the Age of Enlightenment, the mid- to late-18th century, you can visit the exquisite, though exquisitely slow-loading due to its all-Flash content, Chenilles et Papillons
. A troupe of French costumers and artists have contrived to create the most detailed recreations of period clothing, and to photograph them in the most artistic way, that I have ever been priveleged to look upon.
The Georgian Index
is a work in progress featuring articles on many subjects topical to the period, including a discussion of the different sorts of carriages.
The more military among us may be interested in reading this BBC article on Life at Sea in the 18th Century Royal Navy
. It reinforces some stereotypes (scurvy was indeed a problem) while challenging others (hard as life on the wave was, it could still compare favorable to life on land!).
Isle of Tortuga
features articles on piracy, but is hosted on Geocities, so your experience may vary.
I used to have more daily life and piracy links, but I seem to have lost them in migrating between web browsers. :-(