Mantle or Mantel? Mantelet? It’s all Cloak to Me

By | March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Civil War, Fashion, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , |

by Donna Klein   Removing the Cloak from Mantle   Whether the word is spelled 'mantle' or 'mantel,' the origin is the same. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, it comes from “Latin mantellum 'cloak'.” By the time it progressed to the Old English, it meant a 'loose, sleeveless cloak.' Whether you talk about a [...]

Dressing for Winter During the Victorian Era

By | December 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Updated February 3, 2019 The groundhog has spoken and depending upon where you live, the prediction is either six more weeks of winter or early spring. Whatever way it turns out, there is definitely more winter to come. I started to think about what Victorian ladies wore during winter. Winter Outer Garments During the 1840s [...]