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

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Melinda Hammond said...

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

Melinda

11:12 AM  
Blogger Jan Jones said...

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

9:41 PM  
Blogger 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.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

good Job! :)

10:42 AM  

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