Prudence Extras ~ Primrose's Packing List for India

One of my favorite early scenes in Prudence is when Primrose and all her trunks come on board the Spotted Custard. If was fun to write and it was really fun to research. I adore books about how people traveled in the past, possibly because I do so much traveling myself. In fact, that's what I'm doing again soon, heading off to New Zealand.

So I thought you enjoy like a little glimpse at all the things that Primrose put into those trunks of hers...

Undergarments Alone Would Include, at Minimum:

(adapted mainly from Flora Annie Steel on packing for India in The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook)

Combinations undergarment for under stays; Slip bodice for over the stays, England, 1875 - 1900

 1895 Plain White Petticoat and 1890s Trimmed Petticoat both The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Flora doesn't even presume to suggest the number and range of dresses required. But I imagine it would include something along the lines of the following, for the higher ranked of British society going into a larger city. Here is a little glimpse at all the things that Primrose put into those trunks of hers, to my best guess.

Outer Garments:

A thrifty female could include transformation options, where different bodices to the same skirt makes it acceptable for different occasions.

For example, here is Visiting, Dinner, and Ball Gown from House of Worth 1893-95 via Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

In modern times we think of dresses as all one piece, but in the past they were often made up of several parts. Even the informal tea gown was basically a robe and an under-dress over which it was wrapped.

1890-1895 Tea Gown  Worth  The Royal Ontario Museum

In other news I had a wonderful tour and I loved meeting everyone! I'm collecting pictures and things over the next month or so, and gathering my thoughs so expect a full report in late April when I get home.
{Gail's monthly read along for April is The Eyre Affaire by Jasper Fforde}


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The 20 Pound World Travel Backpack

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Here's A Carry-On Bag That James Bond Could Get Behind

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Preparing for Travel to 1900’s Europe
The Old Foodie talks about supplies for traveling persons 70 years earlier (1826).
Of Turtles, White Gloves, and Kings: Americans Travelling Abroad: 1893


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt; The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar

Book News:
The Library of the Seen says of Waistcoats & Weaponry:
“Waistcoats and Weaponry has to be my favorite book in the Finishing School Series so far. … There is SO much I could, and want, to say about this book. (Seriously I could go on and on) But if I said everything I wanted to (or even a portion of what I want to) this review would be riddled with spoilers, and the book is way to good for me to go about spoiling it for you!”

Quote of the Day:
“Secondly, tea should be made in small quantities — that is, in a teapot. Tea out of an urn is always tasteless, while army tea, made in a cauldron, tastes of grease and whitewash. The teapot should be made of china or earthenware. Silver or Britanniaware teapots produce inferior tea and enamel pots are worse; though curiously enough a pewter teapot (a rarity nowadays) is not so bad.”
~ A Nice Cup of Tea (1946)

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