Page 212. " He would wear a stiff Norfolk jacket and a round white collar "
Fashion plate of Norfolk jacket (1906)
Public DomainFashion plate of Norfolk jacket (1906) - Credit: unknown

 Norfolk jackets are loose, single-breasted jackets with box pleats at the back and front, and either a full or half-belt. The Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VII) and his sporting circle began wearing them in the 1860s, and they also came to be worn by young boys. They remain popular for country pursuits such as shooting. The jacket is thought to be named either after the Duke of Norfolk or after Norfolk, the English county.

A round collar is one whose two sections are rounded rather than tapering to a point. They are sometimes known as club collars, Eton collars (because they were worn as part of the uniform at Eton School) or golf collars.

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Little boy wearing a Norfolk jacket (Australia c. 1917)
Public DomainLittle boy wearing a Norfolk jacket (Australia c. 1917) - Credit: unknown



Page 216. " dressed as a little Dresden shepherdess, your hair tucked under a big three-cornered hat "
Porcelain shepherd c.1750-60 (German, possibly Meissen)
Public DomainPorcelain shepherd c.1750-60 (German, possibly Meissen) - Credit: Hiart







Dresden shepherdesses are figurines manufactured at porcelain factories in Meissen near Dresden. Porcelain manufacture began at Meissen in 1710 and is still in operation today.

Representations of fashionably-dressed, idealized shepherds and shepherdesses were highly popular in mid-18th century Europe including Britain (although it was, in fact,  illegal to import Continental porcelain to Britain prior to 1775).

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Page 218. " No white dress or orange blossom or trailing bridesmaids "
Orange blossom
Creative Commons AttributionOrange blossom - Credit: David Short

 Orange blossom is the highly fragrant blossom of the orange tree (Citrus sinensis).

It has traditionally been used at weddings for bridal bouquets, head-dresses and cake decorations, and is viewed as a good-luck symbol for the marriage.

Page 219. " Put a ribbon round your hair and be Alice-in-Wonderland, "
Illustration for 'Alice in Wonderland' (1865)
Public DomainIllustration for 'Alice in Wonderland' (1865) - Credit: John Tenniel

 Alice in Wonderland (or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), which was first published in 1865, is a children's book written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It is a lively and amusing fantasy about a little girl called Alice who falls down a rabbit hole and subsequently meets all sorts of weird and wonderful characters.

In 1871, Dodgson published another fantastical story about Alice called Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, more commonly known as Alice through the Looking Glass.

Page 221. " those gorgeous costumes of velvet and silk in the reproductions given of Rubens, Rembrandt and others "
'The Felt Hat'
Public Domain'The Felt Hat' - Credit: Peter Paul Rubens

 Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a German-born artist who was brought up in Antwerp in what is now Belgium. As an adult, he worked in Antwerp, Italy and Spain, and his paintings are said to have been significantly influenced by the work of the Venetian painter Titian. He was a prolific artist who painted religious and mythological subjects, landscapes and hunt scenes, portraits and self-portraits. A recently-discovered painting by  Rubens, The Massacre of the Innocents, sold for £49.5 million pounds in 2002.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) was a Dutch painter who is considered one of the most talented in European art history. He is particularly remembered for his portraits, self-portraits and biblical scenes. His other work includes almost 400 prints of various types, which are usually referred to collectively as his etchings.

Public DomainSelf-portrait - Credit: Rembrandt


Page 223. " Voce in Bond Street is a good place "

Bond Street is an up-market shopping area in the West End of London. It runs from Piccadilly to Oxford Street via Mayfair, and consists of two sections: Old Bond Street and New Bond Street. In the past it boasted many fine art and antique shops, but today it is most noted for its fashion boutiques and top-class jewellery shops.


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