Archive for August, 2013
Probably not, but you could have bought this outstanding – stop chuckling! – piece twelve years ago from Christie’s.
Thanks to The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice for finding this one.
You couldn’t get more authentic than this, come next Austen Ball! The little English riding coat is made from sheep guts, sold for £764 and measures 21 cm – oh, and you can tie it with a ribbon!
(And just in case none of you are in the mood, you could look at the picture for inspiration!)
I’m not fully convinced this is 18th century, though… judging from the fashion sported by the coupling couple, I’d dated this to the 19th century. But then again, you can never be 100% sure with condoms.
This here is a 17th century condom, made from red silk and also fitted with a ribbon:
Condoms were first used in brothels, and often soaked in contraceptive herbal decoctions, washed after use and then reused. Aren’t we all happy we made some progress there!