How to Make a Hair Rat: The Modern Way!

I was asked a few weeks ago how to create this hairstyle with shoulder length hair: Post on how to create this look HERE



Now women in the 19th century would use hair rats, which are little rolls of their hair that either fell out or was brushed out.  Of course going that route is still an option, but I did a little research and found a great way to create a hair rat for your 19th century hairstyles the 21st century way!  All you need is a sock bun and a pair of scissors!

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Something shiny to grace the neck…

I am continuing the series of different types of jewelry worn during the 1850’s and 60’s.  I have already created a post on earrings , and now am moving on to necklaces.

As a result of my research, I have decided to combine necklaces and brooches into a collection of “items of jewelry worn around or at the base of the neck.”  And for this particular post, I tried to restrict my examples to daywear, as there are (just like today) different types of jewelry worn for different occasions.


For the most part, if necklaces were worn during the day, they tended to be long gold chain, perhaps several strands that draped down the front of the bodice.  Many women also appeared to have worn brooches as well.  Here are some examples:




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Earrings, earrings, which earrings?

With summer upon us and the warm weather inspiring me, I have spent a lot of time on my front porch planning away.  I have A LOT of ideas and new areas to expand for this blog, and well, I just can’t wait!  You also might have noticed a new format to my blog.  This is in an attempt to improve ease of use and organization.  I hope you like it!

Now on to the good stuff!

I want to share with you some beautiful photographs.  As I was researching and looking up various examples of women’s jewelry, I was surprised at how many different types of earrings were worn during the 1860’s….including hoops, which I thought were just 20th century and today.  I know that for any historical savvy re-enactor it is all about the details.  I hope these help!

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