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Written by Rachel G
(8/20/2011 6:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Letter 70 (Brabourne 55), penned by Myretta
I think the "bugle trimming" is probably bugle beads already attached to lengths of ribbon or strips of gauze. If JA had just bought the beads I think she would have said so. Also, attaching beads is very fiddly work, so if a dressmaker is going to be paid to make up a garment it would almost certainly be cheaper to buy the trimming ready-made than to pay her to do the beading from scratch.
What a shocking price JA had to pay for silk stockings - twelve shillings a pair! Compare that with seventeen shillings for a pelisse including expensive buttons and the dressmaker's fee. I can well imagine that those silk stockings were kept strictly for best - obviously a luxury item!
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