Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross

Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse.
(traditional rhyme)

I didn't see any ladies on white horses during a recent visit to the market town of Banbury in Oxfordshire. However, I did see a rather fine original example of a Regency gentleman's overcoat, circa 1820, in the Banbury Museum:


I love the wide, open collar, exactly fashionable for the period and the kind of style favoured by Beau Brummell. The overcoat looked very heavy and stiff, a practical garment for keeping out the weather. It also looked in surprisingly good condition, considering it is nearly two hundred years old.

A perfect greatcoat for any Regency hero!

Kate Allan

4 comments:

Melinda Hammond said...

Super picture, Kate. Thanks for sharing that with those of us who can't get to Banbury Museum.

Melinda

Jan Jones said...

That's in really good condition, Kate. What sort of material was it?

Kate said...

A very thick weave wool, Jan. Difficult to be precise as I was looking at it through a glass case but it looked a thick as any thick wool coat you would see today and brushed to be slightly plush (it may have looked more plush when it was new!) and very stiff.

Tim said...

good Job! :)