Posted by Marie Bernadette on November 26, 1997 at 14:39:49:
In response to Pierced ears, written by Kelley on November 23, 1997 at 18:05:24
I don't know about women but sailor's got their ears pierced for different reasons. I think it started with trade in the Orient. Piercing the earlobe was a type of accupucture supposed to improve eyesight. Eventually, sailors forgot the original reason and got the earring for 'good luck'. I have also heard that if a sailor was killed in battle his earring would be used to pay for his funeral. Those are the stories I've heard, anyway. I have no idea about the accuracy of any of them.
] Was it an acceptable thing for young women to have pierced ears in Regency times?
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