Friday, June 12, 2015

Sign of the Gray Horse on Etsy

I am in the middle of transitioning my items to Etsy in order to make it easier for my customers to purchase from me inbetween events!  If you do not see something on Etsy, it is still shown on this website for sale.  Just e-mail me at if ordering from this website until I get things moved over.  Thank you so much for your patience!

I will do my best to include a portrait, print, or photo of the item's inspiration or a photo of it being worn. 

Be on the lookout for coupon codes and other deals!!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Equipage and Watch Fobs

"An equipage consisted of a hook, which would have been invisible when worn....Attached to this hook were one or several, often highly ornamental, plaques, from which dangled not only watches, but also various trinkets or ‘toys’, such as containers for thimbles, scissors, bodkins and such like (tassels were also popular)..."

"The distinguished scholar and jewellery collector Dame Joan Evans (who donated part of her collection to the Museum) wrote in 1921: ‘Soon after 1770 the Macaronis [highly fashionable young men] introduced a chatelaine of a new kind. Instead of terminating in a hook, it ended in an ornamental medallion, from which hung tassels and charms, while the supporting chains were slightly longer. This must have been held in place by the waistbelt so that the watch and the tassels both hung down.  Fobs were also worn, one end hung with a watch and the other with a heavy seal, a dummy watch, or fausse montre’ [fake watch to you and me]." 
(Taken from "Equipages, Chatelaines, and Macaronis" The Working life of Museum of London)."

Lover's Eye Miniatures and Pendants

     The idea is that two lovers would commission miniature eye portraits to be made into...tokens they could wear as a symbol of their secret liaison. With only a portrait of one eye, only the wearer would know the identity of his/her lover. Sometimes the eye portrait had a compartment in the back of the locket, ring, or brooch containing a lock of hair.  The could then be worn without anyone knowing the identity of the giver.  These tokens were also done as memorial jewelry.  

     My pendants only hold a picture.  If you would like a special loved one's eye made into a pendant, please contact me for specifics as I can do special orders.  These would require high resolution photos directly of the face and/or eye.  I have many types of findings - either silver or gold/brass in which to use.

     Miniatures are fine small portraits given as love, non-romantic friendship, political allegiance, or memorial tokens between husbands, wives, parents, children, etc.  The quality of the settings reflected their importance and the wealth of their giver.  (Snipets taken from "Georgian Jewelry" by Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings.)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Stick Pins

"The wearing of stickpins began as a practical method of securing the voluminous neckwear, that was worn, both as a practical way of keeping warm and protecting the shirt from the debris of careless eaters, but also as part of the fine feathers of the strutting gentlemen peacocks of the eighteenth century.   The period from the late eighteenth century, when the wearing of stickpins became fashionable, to the beginning of the twentieth century was a period of great change and also of an enormous spread of wealth." 
(Taken from About Stickpins, A Brief History -

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hat Pins - a short History

"We know that prior to 1832, small handmade pins with decorative heads were used as devices to secure lace caps, mob caps, veils, and other pinnings to head and body attire.  We also realize that it was not until the introduction of stringless "bonnets" that the PERIOD HATPIN entered the scene.  Both the transition from bonnet to hat, and the introduction of plentiful hatpins were due, in part, to the less expensive machine-made hatpins which were manufactured "by the ton."  
"Although bent wire hair pins were known as early as the 16th century, they were all hand wrought, as were the hatpins before the advent of the pin-making machine in 1832."
"As hats became wider and bolder, and hair was shown in more abundant quantities, the necessary securing implement, the hatpin, became longer and surely as opulent as the millinery itself." 

 ~ Taken from "Hatpins and hatpin holders," by Lillian Baker
Dressing Room a 'l'Anglaise, 1789, Lewis Walpole Collection

Detail of Dressing room a` l'Anglaise, 1789, Lewis Walpole Collection

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Book of Cookery - Review by The Georgian Gentleman

Have you seen the blog posts by The Georgian Gentleman regarding my cookery book?  Check them out here!

Blog Post by "The Georgian Gentleman" regarding my book can be seen on his Blog - Part I and Part II.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Schedule for 2015

15-16 August - Battles at Boone, Boone's Homestead, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania

19-20 September (9-5 pm) - Mount Vernon Colonial Market and Fair, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Virginia

10-11 October - (10-5 pm Sat, 12-5 pm Sun) 6th Annual Waterways Festival, Chesapeake, Virginia

5-6 December (9-5 pm Sat, 10-5 pm Sun) - 25th Annual William & Mary Trinkle Hall Art and Craft Show

Monday, March 17, 2014

"I've always wanted to do the right thing by a horse, that's never changed, its just that as my knowledge grew I've been able to offer the horse a better human being, as time has gone on."
- Buck Brannaman

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Inspiration - A Riding Habit

The Inspiration in which I became interested in horses was all due to the commission of a riding habit with Wendy Strawn of Historically Sew and eventually my hat by George F. Franks, III of Cocked Hats to go with the ensemble.  My thought was, if I were to wear a riding habit at living history events, I must know how to ride a horse as well - otherwise how can I understand the reason for wearing the habit if I haven't experienced riding?  Reenacting and living history led me to my gorgeous gray horse, a Tennessee Walker, named Southern Belle.  Now, what does that have to do with making and selling 17th, 18th & 19th Century inspired earrings, hatpins, hair accessories, etc.?  Simple, my Southern Belle was a lady of refined taste and had a certain lifestyle of which she was accustomed.  She required supplements and shots for her severe osteoarthritis which came as a result of her being a reenactment horse for 8 years.  She was retired and in my care for 4-1/2 years and had to leave me when she was 25 years of age on 25 August 2014.  You may have seen her at reenactments - as she loved the adoration and attended to honor the horses who gave their lives during the Revolutionary War.  This venture was started entirely for her out of respect, love, compassion, dignity, and to keep her out of any pain.  She was the love of my life and her memory lives on in my caring for her other friends who I also rescued or adopted - Mindy, Haddy, Mallory, Little Man and now Nelson.

Lady Worsley, 1776

January 2011