Gentleman’s Braces or Suspenders

Many ladies’ magazines during the nineteenth century devoted pages to making fashion accessories for the refined Victorian gentleman – slippers, smoking caps and braces. Braces were the perfect gift for a young lady to embroider for her father or fiancé, or for a wife to create for her husband. Braces, or suspenders, were worn from the end of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the 20th century. Mid-nineteenth century braces were crafted in silk, canvas or velvet with silk or berlin woolwork embroidery. Read illustrated story here.

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