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RUSSIAN (MOSCOW) COURT, OR GALA DRESS.
When we presented our readers with the costume of a lady of Moscow, in a preceding number, it was one adopted to general wear, and a little more in unison, by some alteration in the corset, &c,. with courts which have long been accustomed to the ease and grace of polished life, to be gained only by intercourse with other nations, continually in search of improvement.
The costume now represented in our engraving, is truly Russian, in all its ancient grandeur, as may be seen by the unsowed waist, and the native richness and magnificence of the whole attire. It is such as is worn on high court festivals, or on some splendid celebration of a great anniversary
The robe is of the richest Genoa velvet, of a bright crimson, the border ornamented with a broad gold lace; from the tucker, down the front of the bust and the skirt, is another gold lace, still broader, and this is richly ornamented with rubies, set round with pearls. The train is lined throughout with ermine, and is adorned also with precious stones, and the black eagle of Russia, worked in embossed embroidery. The easy and unconfined waist is inclosed in a corsage, with a twisted oriental shawl, forming a cordon round the waist, carelessly tied in a knot in front, and the ends superbly fringed with gold: this shawl is of a thin and very light texture, being of Japanese-gauze and gold. The sleeves are long, and of white Japanese-gauze; they are confined at the wrists by very broad gold bracelets, set with pearls and rubies. On each shoulder are epaulettes of gold bullion, in fringe. The hair is arranged a la Madonna, with a plat depending on each side, braided in the same manner as the hair of the Moorish ladies, with ribbon; this ribbon is of gold-colour. We should pronounce the head-dress singular, was it not very much in the beret style. It is of gold and crimson tissue, in antique kind of figures, and is enriched with oriental pearls: a long, white veil depends from the back of this coiffeure. The ear-pendants are magnificent; large, and of exquisitely fine pearls, in shape and fashion not unlike those of wrought gold, so much admired by the English females of the present day. The necklace, which is of inestimable value, from the scarcity of pear-pearls, is formed of one row of them, with drops exactly matching each other, and which are procured with extreme difficulty. Two gold chains, en cordon, fall over the bust; from the lower one is suspended the order of St. Anne; and beneath this hangs a collar, belonging to the order, of white and gold enamel. The shoes are of gold tissue. It is needless to observe that this superb costume, is that of a lady of the highest rank.
A WALKING DRESS.
A dress of Batiste de Laine, the colour of Nankin: the border of the skirt trimmed with two flounces, each edged by a fringe. The sleeves a l’Imbecille, the fulness confined at the wrist by a band; large fichu-pelerine of tulle, trimmed with a double full ornament of lace, and finished just below the throat by a double ruff, fastened in front by a bow of pink ribbon. A hat of white chip, ornamented by a pink exotic flower, with branches of its green foliage. The brim of the hat is trimmed underneath with a bandeau and bows of pink ribbon; the strings are placed under the brim, and float loose. The half-boots are of the same colour as the dress.
N. B. A back view of the same figure, in a dress of celestial-blue, of which colour are also the flowers, and ribbons on the hat.
A CARRIAGE DRESS.
A dress of fine India muslin, with a very broad hem, finished at the top in points, trimmed at the edges with a full ruche of lace. Upon the hem, which forms the border beneath these points, is a beautiful pattern in embroidery, forming diamond-chequers, in every one of which is a bouquet, exquisitely wrought in feather-stitch. The body is a la Roxelane, and the sleeves a la Mameluke, which terminate by a broad cuff with a point, and are trimmed round by a ruche of lace; the mancherons correspond, in being pointed and finished by the same trimming. A narrow tucker formed of a full ruche of lace surrounds the bust. The hat is of straw-coloured gros de Naples; ornamented under the brim with points of straw-coloured satin, edged round with narrow blond; the crown is adorned with very full bouquets of the blue flower, “Forget me not;” and a white blond veil is generally added: the hat ties down with a lemon-coloured ribbon, striped with dark brown. A sash of pearl-grey ribbon incircles the waist; fastened in front with a gold buckle. On the wrist of the right arm, is a bracelet of black velvet, fastened with a cameo, set a l’Antique, in gold. On the left wrist is a bracelet of wrought gold.
A WALKING DRESS.
A printed muslin dress, the ground a pale buff, with large diamond checquers of white; these diamonds, by the disposition of the broad hem at the border of the skirt, become square; on the part which crosses, or points the checquer, is a beautifully coloured sprig. The broad hem is headed by a magnificent fringe, with a surmounting of open work. The body is partially high, and en gerbe, over which is a falling collar of the same material as the dress, and finished round by the same kind of fringe which is at the border. The sleeves are a la Marie, and are confined in the middle of the arm by a ribbon to match the colour of the dress, which is finished by a rosette on the outside of the arm, just below the elbow. A French ruff of fine lace in three rows, surmounts a fichu at the throat. The bonnet is of white gros de Naples, trimmed with striped gauze ribbon, the colour of the marshmallow-blossom, and ornamented with damask, and yellow roses. The brim underneath has three points of yellow and marshmallow-blossom satin on the left side. The half-boots are of buff kid, and the parasol of hermit-brown.
A CARRIAGE DRESS.
A pelisse of white striped gros de Naples, blue and straw- colour, on a white ground. The pelisse fastens down the front of the skirt by blue buttons, with long worked button-holes, in blue silk. The body is made with fichu robings, the under one of which, is blue, in flutings, the other the same as the dress: the sleeves are full but not quite a l’Imbecille, neither are they so wide as the Mameluke sleeves. The bonnet is the colour of the pomegranate rind, and is bound at the edge with celestial-blue. The crown is trimmed with full puffings of gauze the same colour as the bonnet, which is carelessly tied by a fold of this soft and gossamer-like gauze, en schal.
A CARRIAGE DRESS.
A dress of celestial blue gros de Naples, finished at the border by a broad hem, headed by a rouleau of blue, four shades darker; under this rouleau are ornaments en fer de Cheval, edged with a narrow frill trimming, the same colour and material as the dress, but the trimming headed by a narrow rouleau, the same colour as that which surmounts the broad hem. The corsage is made to fit the shape, but is rendered very wide in front by quadruple fichu-robings; there are, in fact, five of these, but the fifth turns over only like a small lapel: they are all edged by a very narrow blond, headed by a dark blue rouleau. The back of the corsage is finished in the same manner, and just below the throat is a double ruff of blond. The sleeves are a l’Imbecille, with an embroidered cuff of white muslin ruffled on each side by rather narrow lace. Above the cuff are embossed ornaments in white silk embroidery. Over a very becoming cornette of blond is worn a leghorn hat, trimmed with white ribbon edged on each side with blue, and a blond ornament, with a rosette of ribbon in the centre, is placed under the brim on the right side. The hat is decorated with blue ostrich feathers. The half- boots are of Nankin, and the gloves are of a very light colour beautifully embroidered at the back of the hand.
N.B. A back view of the same dress in pink; with the hat ornamented with white ribbons and plumage.
A WALKING DRESS.
A dress of cream-coloured taffety, bordered by a broad hem, headed by a green satin rouleau, placed slightly en serpentine. Over this is a beautiful embroidery of green fern in floize silk, of Pomona-green. The body is en gerbe, with a belt round the waist, embroidered to correspond with the work at the border of the skirt. The sleeves are a la Mameluke, but only of a very moderate fulness. The mancherons are pointed, and finished round by green silk embroidery, and a broad cuff at the wrist is ornamented in the same manner, divided in the centre, on the right wrist, by a gold bracelet, fastened by a white cornelian, set in gold. The body of the dress is made square across the front, rather low on the shoulders, and the tucker part surrounded with green silk embroidery. A hat of white gros de Naples, with very broad strings of white gauze ribbon, striped with sage-green; these ornaments of the same ribbon, doubled, is placed under the brim on the right side. The summit of the crown is slightly trimmed with white gros de Naples, en bateau, and adorned by a full bouquet of white and red roses: on the left side, at the base of the crown, is another bouquet of the same kind of flowers, fastened by a bow of gauze ribbon, the same as the strings. The half-boots are of kid, the same colour as the dress, with marshmallow-blossom kid at the point of the foot.
A DINNER-PARTY DRESS.
A dress of white muslin, with a border of the rose-geranium in silk embroidery. The body quite plain, trimmed round the bust with two narrow pink satin rouleaux. The sleeves a l’Imbecille, with a narrow ruffled cuff at the wrist. A dress hat of white crape adorned with pink aigrettes, and pink and white gauze ribbon. Ear-pendants of gold. A scarf of pink barege, with a delicate fringe at the ends, is thrown over this dress, which is completed by lavender-coloured shoes of gros de Naples, tied en sandales.
A WALKING DRESS.
A dress of fawn-coloured jaconot muslin, with two broad flounces, set on rather scanty; at the edges of which are embroidered branches of fancy foliage, in scarlet, and myrtyle-green. Over the head of the upper flounce, is an ornament worked in both colours. The body is a la Circassienne, and is confined by a belt, embroidered in the same manner as the ornament above the upper flounce. The sleeves are a la Mameluke, and very full: they are confined at the wrists by a band of embroidery, corresponding with the belt, &c. The bonnet is of Leghorn, with bows and strings of straw-coloured ribbon. A double gold chain, with large links, ornaments the neck. The parasol is of milk-chocolate colour, lined with sea-green. The half-boots of Nankin, the same colour as the dress.
AN EVENING DRESS.
A dress of white gros de Naples, with two flounces at the border, finished at each edge with a flat rouleau of white satin, over which is a delicate painting in wreaths of various coloured flowers, the head of the upper flounce ornamented in the same manner. Body en gerbe, with a plain belt of white satin. The front of the bust made square across, and elegantly finished by painting and quilled blond. Sleeves a l’Imbecille, confined at the wrists by white and gold enamelled bracelets, fastened by a ruby. The hair arranged in full curls, on each side of the face, and bows on the summit, ornamented with green foliage. Girandole ear-pendants and Greek necklace of gold.
A WALKING DRESS.
A pelisse of gros de Naples, the colour dust-of-ruins, made en tunique, with a delicate pencil-work on white silk. The skirt fastens down the front with buttons. Body en gerbe, with sleeves more in the jigot form than a l’Imbecille, though properly neither. A black velvet bracelet confines the sleeve at the wrist, fastened with a white agate set in gold. A pelerine cape with a falling collar finishes the corsage; each edged round by the same trimming which borders the tunique. Transparent capote bonnet of white crape trimmed at the edge with a ruche of blond. Long puffs of crape, edged with blond, complete the trimming on the crown. Half-boots of gros de Naples, the same colour as the pelisse.
A WALKING DRESS.
A dress of lavender-coloured muslin with a broad hem at the border, headed by a double zig-zag ornament of grass- green in satin rouleaux. Sleeves a l’Imbecille. Fichu-canezou of white Batiste, painted with flowers of different colours. Bonnet formed of white and green ribbons, and trimmed with full bows of the same. Strings floating loose.
N.B. Back view of the same figure in white, with a bon- net formed of blue and fawn-coloured ribbons.
NEWEST LONDON FASHIONS, FOR AUGUST, 1829.
Our splendid drawing rooms, so lately thronged with beauty, rank, and fashion, are now about to be entirely deserted; the latter end of July witnessed many departures from London, and in the short space of ten days, we may expect a total cessation to that cortege of coroneted carriages, which we have been accustomed to view in the fashionable morning drive; many of these carriages, we have since seen, with their four post-horses, carrying off their noble owners to their country-seats; or on visits previous to such retirement, to Cheltenham, and other salubrious situations.
The last meeting at Almack’s, and two or three splendid dinner and evening parties, given by the few nobility remaining in town, just after the sojourning of parliament, were distinguished by the elegant and superb dresses of the ladies. At Almack’s were observed more young ladies than have been seen there some time; but when well chaperoned, this is as it should be. With such the dresses were, of course, more simply elegant than rich.
There were not many dress hats among the matrons; what there were, offered a new kind of shape, and were very transparent; they had very much the appearance, in front, of a summer beret, being placed very backward. Nothing can be more charming than the present arrangement of the hair for young persons; simplicity, grace, and elegance, are so admirably united, that there is scarce any countenance but what is embellished by the easy flow of the ringlets, and the light transparency of the clustered curls. Flowers of very beautiful workmanship are often added, but for very young ladies, the summer season makes them generally satisfied with the attractive ornament, which bounteous nature may have bestowed on them. We have seen one young married lady, with a toque of pink crape; and next the hair was a chain-bandeau of the most valuable pearls. One of the newest and most elegant coiffeures for half dress, is a turban cap of white tulle, cut in bias, and doubled; it is trimmed and lapetted with coloured crape sewn together; lilac and yellow, and ornamented with two branches of that lovely shrub, in flower, the Hypericum fuetrix. Caps of broad, and richly figured blond, tastefully trimmed with striped gauze ribbons, of light summer colours, are much worn in deshabille by our matrons, who, in morning costume, tie them under the chin, with a bow on the left side. For the breakfast table, when ladies make three different toilets in the day, the caps are of thread lace, of a very fine quality; and the rosettes are chiefly composed of lace, with a very small quantity of white satin ribbon.
Much variety and taste is now observable in the summer hats and bonnets; and England may boast of being gifted with the powers of invention, in an equal degree with her neighbours on the continent: one of these new English head-coverings is of watered gros de Naples, the colour bird-of-paradise yellow. It is trimmed with gauze ribbon, with satin stripes, and this ribbon is disposed in long puffings; a conspicuous ornament, en aile de Moulin, appears on the right side, in front of the crown, and is trimmed round with black blond. A beautiful ribbon of white gauze is fluted under the brim. An elegant hat, of a novel kind in shape, and extremely becoming, is of a French-white figured silk, with bows of striped gauze ribbon, and ornamented by three plumes boiteuses, set round the crown at equal distances from each other; the colours in each feather are green and lilac. A very beautiful bonnet is of Spring-green, lined with white, and trimmed with green and white ribbons, sewn together, and ornamented by a wreath of pink and white Dahlias; a puffed bandeau, of green and white ribbons, crosses the forehead under the brim; and a mentonniere of blond fastens the bonnet under the chin. A yellow crape summer hat for the carriage, is trimmed with yellow ribbon of striped gauze, and crape, disposed about the crown, en fers de Cheval: small bows of the ribbon are placed in each interstice. Another transparent carriage hat is of white crepe Aerophane, trimmed with pink crape, and narrow pink satin rouleaux; a bow is placed on each side, at the edge of the brim, from whence float lappets of pink crape, doubled in bias. Two esprit feathers of pink and white, adorn the crown. Matronly ladies wear bonnets for the promenade of fine leghorn or chip, with bows of grass-green ribbon, and a full ruche of the same colour at the edge of the brim; these are of a charming and most becoming shape; but are reckoned most genteel when of straw coloured gros de Naples, or of some other light summer tint, in preference to those bonnets, however close, and retiring, of straw or Leghorn; the most distinguished females always preferring a hat or bonnet of silk or satin; the colours of the ribbons and ruche, are made to suit and correspond with that of the bonnet. One of the most elegant hats for carriage-airings, or morning visits, is of white gros de Naples, richly damasked over with satin flowers; it is very lightly trimmed about the crown, with white gauxe ribbon; but the broad blond at the edge of the brim, is of the most exquisite beauty; a sufficient ornament in itself; it excites universal admiration.
From the observations we are enabled to make, and from the authority, aided by the kind intelligence imparted to us by Mrs. Bell, whose taste and science, insure the patronage and support of the most distinguished class of females, we have long maintained the truth of an opinion we have seldom been deceived in, that women of real rank and fashion never to go to the extremes of a mode, which is especially, in itself, ridiculous or awkward. We have had a proof of this in a pelisse very recently made for a lady of high rank and known elegance of taste, who gave charge to have the sleeves made only of a very moderate fulness; as this beautiful pelisse is to be worn during a sojournment in the North, where the mornings and evenings are offen chill, it is of merino, but of the finest and softest texture; the colour, a celestial-blue. It is made en tunique, which part of the skirt is trimmed with ruches; the body is plain, and made without a collar; a tippet of embroidered muslin, or clear lawn, or a scarf, supplying the place of a cape. From the waist to the feet it is fastened down the front with small tulipleaf-rosettes, with a silver buckle, in the centre of each. Another pelisse calculated for the cool, early morning walk, or for making short journies in the surrounding country, is of a bright light shade of cinnamon-brown in gros de Naples. It is finished by a very broad border, at the bottom of the skirt, of etherial-blue plush-silk, with a collar and broad cuffs of the same; in other respects the pelisse is made extremely plain. Both the above out-door dresses prove the judgment of the English ladies, in being thus prepared for rural rambles in this our uncertain climate. Pelerines of fine muslin, splendidly embroidered, with those of blond for the carriage, and for coverings on the shoulders at the theatre, are now the order of the day, when the weather is sufficiently mild to dispense with any warmer envelope. The embroidery, or those of muslin over every part, and down the long ends, which descend lower than the knees, is superb; and the manner in which those of blond are trimmed, is exquisitely beautiful ; the bordering, which is set on full, is generally of a Vandyck pattern. They are, certainly, rather too large, but not to such excess as they were.
White dresses are not so prevalent as they were in the month of June, at the latter part; the continual rains, during so great a part of July, considerably decreased their favour ; and dresses of gros de Naples, even of dark or retired colours were preferred, particularly those of slate-colour, milk-chocolate, and cinnamon-brown; they were trimmed in various ways, broad bias tucks, one flounce headed in the most ingenious manner, and en ruches. The boddice either en gerbe, or fitting tight to the shape, according as is most suited to it; though the Circassian drapery is becoming to almost every bust, and is much in favour.
Among the most beautiful of the new printed muslins, we have seen one with a delicate buff, or light Nankin-coloured ground, with detached bouquets of elegantly-varied flowers, of the most brilliant, though not gaudy, tints, scattered over it; one also of a light, yet bright blue, has a delicate chintz pattern of a running kind, and is greatly admired for morning home costume. Coloured crape dresses, with very short sleeves, constitute the most favourite rural, ball, and evening attire for young ladies. Indian taffeties, also, worked in flat embroidery, form an elegant costume for the evening or the dress dinner-party; these truly splendid robes have a very broad hem at the border, over which is a wreath of flowers, in the most exquisite embroidery.
We have lately seen a very charming dress of richly embroidered tulle, and another of French white gros de Naples, with a very deep flounce of blond; these dresses were completed for a full dress evening party.
The colours now most in favour, are, etherial-blue, buff, milk-chocolate, slate-colour, cinnamon-brown, yellow, and lilac.
NEWEST PARISIAN FASHIONS, FROM THE MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES.
HATS AND BONNETS. – Some bonnets have been seen formed of ribbons and blond, alternately sewn together. A few puffs of gauze ribbons placed very sparingly, constitute their sole ornament. Almost every hat, not excepting those of Leghorn, is fastened under the chin by a mentonniere of blond.
The French begin to be reconciled to the physiognomies of their countrywomen under what they name English bonnets, which are now becoming universally the mode. In a few days’ time they will, without doubt, pronounce those hats enchanting, which for so many years they pronounced horrible. But such are the effects of fashion. They are now so habituated in seeing a narrow brimmed bonnet tied close over the cheeks, that they are ready to pronounce every one charming so accoutred. The fact is, that these bonnets, by the simplicity and convenience of their form, have great advantages, which appear to have been better appreciated by the ladies in the country than in Paris. The Leghorn hats are becoming larger in the brim all round. Trefoil is a favourite ornament on these hats. Bonnets of open straw are very general; they are lined with bright rose-colour, and the crowns are large. Some fashionists have produced a hat called Marsellais; the crown is low and flat; the brim is also flat and quite round; it is about six inches in breadth; it is edged with blond, with which also the crown is trimmed.
OUT-DOOR COSTUME. The canezou-spencers are of embroidered muslin, and over white dresses they form a favourite costume for the promenade: pelerines also, the same as the dress are much worn; they are larger than usual, and descend very low over the shoulders.
A white canezou-spencer has lately been remarked at a public promenade, with a broad jacket-flap behind.
During the unpropitious weather through a great part of July, Cachemere shawls formed a favourite out-door envelope.
On white dresses are often seen small pelerines of coloured silk, elegantly embroidered. For morning walks the pelerines are of white jaconot muslin, trimmed round with the same; the collar is square and falls over. Some pelerines of muslin are laid in small separate plaits; four and four together, with a space between.
DRESSES. – At a ball lately given by the English ambassador, Organdy dresses embroidered in different colours, and India muslins beautifully worked in feather stitch, were among the most elegant costumes; the sashes were superb: some might be admitted as master-pieces of embroidery.
When a lady goes on a fishing excursion, she wears a jaconot pelisse with a pelerine, a straw hat a la Pamela, ornamented with a green ribbon round the crown; cambric pantaloons, finished at the ancles by two hems, leather shoes, and grey gaiters.
Pockets are very much in use, worn as usual under the dress, but they are of the same material, colour, and pattern, as the gown.
At balls and at fetes-champetres, short sleeves are much in favour.
The sashes and belts are almost all embroidered.
A dress of cherry-coloured muslin is much admired; the shoulders are still exposed. Several dresses of white muslin striped with red, are trimmed with fringes of red and white.
With dresses of gros de Naples half-boots are generally worn of the same colour and material as the dress.
HEAD-DRESSES. – Many young and pretty ladies adopt the English fashion of having their hair arranged in cork-screw ringlets, yet, perhaps, the next day the capricious Parisian will have her hair a la Chinoise.
Berets for evening parties are of crape, ornamented with flowers of a very beautiful kind; they are as light and delicate as marabout feathers.
Small caps of muslin are worn in dejeune costume; they have long lappets of lace, which tying under the chin, the ends are brought up to the summit of the caul, where they form a bow.
When a lady’s head-dress consists only of hair, the curls, &c. instead of being fastened with pins, are confined by small tridents, like three-pronged forks, composed of tortoiseshell.
Small morning caps are of embroidered tulle, with a band trimmed with lace, which ties in front of the cap, where it forms a bow, and another bow of lace is placed on the curls of hair over the temples.
Dress-hats are transparent, of rose-coloured crape or of blond: four bands, two of crape and two of blond, form the brim; the crown is high and en calotte; the base of it is of crape bouillone; the middle part of blond: upon this is placed a cluster of white flowers, or three feathers, two white and one pink: a demi-veil of blond surrounds the brim.
The fashionable morning caps are small, and many of them are trimmed with plain tulle, festooned in cocks-combs, and tied by scalloped tulle bands.
JEWELLERY. Collars, fastening close round the throat, called colliers de chien, Gallic rings, the most massive and Gothic, are much in fashion; but the newest style is to wear on the little finger a ring to which is suspended by a delicate little chain, a small perfume case, a smelling-bottle, or any other fancy bijou.
MISCELLANEOUS. It is the fashion in the country to spread over the breakfast-table a very fine tissue, formed of platted straw; to which is given the appellation of a Russian table-cloth.
They have also window-blinds, formed of rushes, cut in strips, which do not unite, in order that the air may circulate more freely; but these interstices are almost imperceptible, so much so, that the flowers which are painted on these blinds, appear perfectly correct.
Card-racks, named mirrors a la Psyche, consist of a long tablet, rather narrow, and representing a branch of flowers, in different sprays; on each of these sprays is fixed a butterfly, with its four wings expanded, and the back dis- played. The initials of the name of every butterfly corresponds with the day of the week, which is made to contain letters, notes, invitations, &c.
D. Dimanche. – A rose-coloured butterfly, called La Belle Dame.
Lundi, LAERTA. – A large pearl-coloured butterfly, the wings of which are lightly spotted with black.
Mardi, MARS CHANGEANT. – A butterfly so named, by reason of its colours reflecting a mixture of violet and crimson.
Mercredi, MENELAUS. – A magnificent blue butterfly.
Jeudi, JASON. – A large butterfly, with two tails very distinctly marked out, and beautifully ornamented.
Vendredi, VULCAN. – The wings presenting a black ground, striped with fire-colour, and spotted with the same, mixed with white.
Samedi, SYLVAN. – So named from this species being found in woods ; it is never seen on flowers ; it is of black, appearing like velvet, shaded with brown and white.
The card-racks are of white wood, from Spa, and are delicately painted ; though sometimes they are embroidered on white satin.
At one side of the first D. for Dimanche, is often represented a butterfly of Chinese green and black, named Dido.
The speculators on public carriages begin now to encumber Paris with oblong voitures. To the Omnibus, carriages drawn by three horses, were soon added les Dames Blanches, the Tricycles, the Favourites, Les Ecossaises, the Carolines, and the Bearnaises. In some certain streets the carriages formed compact files. Vainly was it asserted that the pedestrian might find safety on the footway. The populace, in spite of all the vigilance of the police, re dered this as narrow as possible, and sometimes their shops took it entirely up; for example, to display the draperies to advantage over the Magasins de Nouveautes, two shop-men would often take possession of the footpath, one carrying a roll of stuff, the other bearing a pole, with a hook at the end. To stretch out the material, as they unroll it, the pole must be eight or ten feet long, and before it is hooked up, must be kept in a horizontal direction.
Ladies of fashion have borrowed from the Duchess of Guise, the heroine of the drama, entitled Henry III., the mode of carrying a pocket-handkerchief, surrounded by gold lace.
Besides the balustrade belonging to the staircase of a well furnished mansion, there are heads of lions in gilt bronze, placed at equal distances, and through the mouths is drawn a thick cordon of silk.
The terraces in the country are ornamented with Dahlias. These flowers take their name from Dahl, a Swedish botanist.
The confectioners now ice cherries in the same manner they iced the oranges last winter; these cherries are served up like ice, in saucers.
Guetres and half-boots are made of spotted and striped materials; violet is a favourite colour for these articles of female attire; some half-boots of leather are made to lace up the front.
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Cambridge, April 17, 1829.
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(Signed) JAMES MACPHERSON.
To Messrs. C. and A. Olridge.
The Public are requested to observe, that, in consequence of the improvements, C. and A. OLDBRIDGE have removed from 361, Strand, to No. 1, WELLINGTON-STEET, Waterloo-bridge, Strand, where the Balm is sold wholesale and retail; and by most of the respectable Perfumers and Medicine Venders in London, and throughout the United Kingdom. Price 3s. 6d., 6s., and 11s. per bottle. Additional references will be given by the Venders, C. and A. Oldridge.
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