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Friday, 12 November 2010

Stop Press! - A Society Wedding With a Tragic End: 4th March 1913

Local newspapers from the past are full of tit-bits of information that make fascinating reading, so here is the first in a new "Stop Press" series for my blog.   

In the "Berwckshire News" of 4th March 1913,  I  came across a full page account of a society wedding,complete with portraits of the bride and groom  and great detail given on the guests,  the costumes worn, and the lavish  gifts.

The bride wore "a Princess robe of ivory velvet, with falling sleeves of applique, with pearl tassled ends.   The square decolletage being embroidered with pearls and Rhinestones.  The skirt drapery was caught up at one side showing an underskirt of lace. The train entirely of Brussels lace was lined with ivory chiffon.  The bridesmaids wore frocks of daffodil yellow satin, with soft ruffles of chiffon and sashes of blue to match blue suede shoes worn with shite silk stockings.  The costumes were comnpleted by white mob caps  tied with blue ribbons and they carried posies of daffodils."

The list of presents  painted a portrait of the age, ranging  from an opulent platinum and diamond watch,and crystal cigarette case set with rubies, to the slightly more mundane - a pair of cartridge pepper pots, an ivory tusk corkscrew (now very  environmentally incorrect!),  a fitted motor valise,  an  Irish bog oak carved inkstand, a  dark green Russian leather blotter. a mounted antelope  horn cigarette lighter, purple silk cushions embroidered in gold, a maeve parasol, a silver egg stand and  silver filigree  fan.  Of a more utilitarian nature were an umbrella, set of waistcoat buttons. a biscuit warmer, set of thimble, paste shoe buckles,  and a dog's biscuit tin. 

Like many newly married couples, the bride and groom ended up with numerous blotters, inkstands, photo frames, cut glass bowls, and butter dishes with knives.

The marriage had been delayed a few weeks, because the groom had suffered appendicitis. Perhaps this could be regarded as   portent.  Given the date of 1913,   further research gave this happy occasion a  poignancy in marking the end of an era, for within three years the groom had been killed in Flanders, leaving a young widow and child. 

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like it was a very grand wedding -- but how sad that he lost his life in the war. Thanks for sharing.

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