Trades and Professions

  • Historical Knotwork – The Sea Chest Becket Historical Knotwork of a sea chest becketHistorical Knotwork – A Naval CV of Sorts

    This sea chest becket (handle) is exactly the sort which would have been found on the naval chests used by sailors in Nelson’s Navy. Not only is it a beautiful item in itself, it’s also an object which would have worked as a sort of “knotwork CV” for …

  • Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Room by Alice Chandler, author of Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie

    I do apologize for the pun in my title.
    The Olifant I refer to is Margaret Olifant (1828-1894), a prolific and popular nineteenth-century writer and said to be Queen Victoria’s favorite novelist. The reason that I figuratively place Olifant in the same room as Jane …

  • Aunt Jane’s Trial Jane Leigh PerrotThe Trial of Mrs Jane Leigh Perrot – the Primary Sources
    by David Pugsley

    Discussions of Aunt Jane’s trial and the question whether she was innocent or guilty are normally based entirely on John Pinchard’s account, conveniently re-printed in MacKinnon’s Grand Larceny (1937), as if there was no other source of information and as if all the …

  • The Formative Years of George Austen, Jane’s father George AustinA look at James Cawthorn, George Austen and the Curious Case of the Schoolboy Who Was Killed by Martin J. Cawthorne

    Jane Austen’s father, George Austen has many connections to the city of Bath.
    On the 26th April 1764 he married, by special licence, Cassandra Leigh in St Swithin’s, Walcot.  The Austen family were regular visitors to …

  • Rural England in the Age of Jane Austen Rural England in the Age of Jane Austenby Marc DeSantis

    A Rural England
    Though Jane Austen’s life of forty-one years was lamentably short, her time on earth, 1775 to 1817, was nonetheless one of great and momentous change.  England was still largely rural in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the rhythm of its country life was tied to the seasonal needs …

  • The Type-Founder A look at Regency Fonts and Font making
  • The Regency Engraver engraverBehind the scenes at an Engraver’s shop
  • The Ladies’ Dressmaker From The Book of Trades, London, 1804
  • The Regency Dentist …including a first hand account by Jane Austen
  • The Baker I suppose, you will be going to Streatham, to see quiet Mr. Hill and eat very bad baker’s bread.
    Jane Austen to Cassandra, November 3, 1813
  • The Straw Hat Maker The Straw Hat Maker was hard at work here!The labourers behind High Fashion
  • The Shipwright: Building the Fleet shipwrightJane Austen visited the Southampton shipyard with her nephews to view the new 74 gun frigate. What did they see?
  • The Jeweller “What pin-money, what jewels, what carriages you will have!”
  • The Type-Founder In an age of literacy, the type-founder held one of the most important jobs in publishing.
  • The Mail Guard A look at the Regency Postal System and the men who kept it running.
  • The Mariner From “The Book of Trades, or Library of Useful Arts”
  • The Subscription Library and the Rise of Popular Fiction The Circulating LibraryThe influence of the “Three Volume Novel” on “Literary Degradation”
  • The Life of a Seamstress What kind of hours went into creating fabulous Regency gowns?
  • The Carpenter From “The Book of Trades, or Library of Useful Arts” published by Jacob Johnson, in 1807.
  • The Apothecary From “The Book of Trades, or Library of Useful Arts” published by Jacob Johnson, in 1807.