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  • #16
    I look at the portraits and effigies of Queen Elizabeth I and wonder how on earth she even stayed standing. She was under 5ft and with all the layers of clothes and those heavy pearls, it's a wonder she didn't tipple over. she could speak or read English, Welsh, Greek, Latin, Spanish, French, and Italian.
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    • #17
      Be. Still. My. Heart. 21 tiaras? Swoon. I see those Russian costumes and think “Yeah, my kids and their spouses could carry that off!” I told my son that, and he just sighed and wrote “Yes, Mother” with an eye roll. He Says they prefer easy care fabrics, as they do their own laundry. Lol.

      Elizabeth1 was supposed to be a good rider as well as being short, so she’d be up to the challenges physically of the heavy costuming. I wonder how long she maintained good conditioning? It seems she rode and danced forever, but what about the rest, tennis, fencing and such?

      I’m so nosy, I just read that back in the Victorian day a lot of Royal coffins were opened and the bodies inspected. I wonder if Elizabet1 was inspected? If she’d developed any debilitating arthritis?

      I have no shame, I want more and more pearls. I don’t begrudge anyone any wealth or gems, what have you, just imagine the wonderful patronage of artists...just need to have a care for the little people, pay your bills, and not go on oppressive religious/mercantile murderous sprees, and all could be well, all could be well...
      Last edited by lisa c; 11-28-2020, 09:08 PM.

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      • #18
        Reviving this thread, a bit...with the help of "old candy"

        Our local newspaper had a note on an over 100-year-old chocolate covered Bombon candy found within the wrist folds of one of these lavish dresses...here is a photo of the offending piece:
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        So, this is the story (translated for your convenience):

        Employees of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg recently made an unusual discovery by restoring a luxurious ball dress by Grand Duchess Ksenia Alexandrovna, sister of Russia's last emperor, Nicholas II.
        On a sleeve of the garment, a bonbon of at least 118 years old was found, which was apparently bitten by the aristocrat during a dance, which was held in February 1903 at the Winter Palace and whose visitors wore costumes jeweled in the style of the seventeenth century.
        Nina Tarasova, curator of the costume collection of the Department of History of Russian Culture, noted that possibly, during the gala, the duchess did not find any place to leave the sweet she had tasted and kept it up her sleeve.
        And here is the photo of the sweet-toothed & pearl studded Duchess.
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        • #19
          Thank you Douglas! for the thread bump.
          Do you think the bonbon is for real? I’ve fallen asleep with jr mints just rolled up near me by accident, and what a horrendous, melted mess! Never eat dark chocolate in bed.

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          • #20
            I think the photo of the bonbon that was included is not real. They actually analyzed the candy and it was devoid of noxious bacteria or fungi -one of the curators said she actually bit into it!- and it was still edible after over 100 years!
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            • #21
              Must have been a pre-cursor to Twinkies

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              • CortezPearls
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                LOL! Immortal Twinkies!

            • #22
              You are absolutely right lisa c, one should never eat chocolate in bed or near any fabric in my opinion. To messy.
              I did read somewhere that animals have bacteria or something like that in their mouth that kills bad bacteria etc and that's why they can eat much anything regardless of the state of the food. Humans do not. But at some time we probably did. Maybe we have evolved during the last century and lost that ability, that I must say is pretty neat, what with being too clean and all the medicine and whatnot. We have so many allergies nowadays that some claim are a reaction from the bodies because they don't have to fight all the time for survival. What if people a hundred years ago didn't have all those bacteria etc in their mouths...

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              • #23
                That's not a bonbon in the picture :-) That's a Danish (and, I think, German) sweet, in Danish called 'flødebolle', that will squash just by looking at it. The filling is a kind of egg white on a thin waffle bottom covered with thin chocolate. It's light as air and soooo good.

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                • #24
                  Hello my dear ones, kisses and hugs. I actually was contemplating the activities of things like mice, spiders, moths, anything that eats, wondering if conditions in the storage places for textiles of Russia were so dry, or so cold, or so *?WHAT?* could they be? that would prevent even microbes from locating the sweet, and destroying the fabric surrounding the sweet. And why didn’t the exertion from dancing??? melt, squish, etc.

                  My pedestrian experience with old family items, a child’s leather glove, a pair of silk baby socks, a lawn wedding gown, a lawn christening gown, a silk doll’s parasol, a silk and ivory fan, a leather covered presentation Bible...is that organic things just dissolve if you look at them. A slight exaggeration - but not too much of one. Without really knowing how to care for stuff, or doing it properly, one or two generations of neglect... poof!

                  Elizabeth1 had a whole house given over to her wardrobe.

                  Then, I figured that there’s probably a whole website or university course that’d give me chapter and verse on textile preservation and archiving. I know it exists. It just needs to be accessed.

                  I wasn’t thinking as much of the candy, as of the fabric. I can imagine certain candies mummifying. There’s another field of science -
                  So much Science, so little time.

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                  • #25
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