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This is from a combination of questions I received from you about how ladies and their hair.

Although the style of the time was “natural” that has to be put into context. It really meant not wearing wigs and power in their hair. Ladies who were not blessed with an abundance of thick easily styled hair could use hair pieces and pads.

Hair pieces could be in the form of ringlets, braids, or a piece large enough to be added to the hair and styled in. These hair pieces were made of real human hair. Pads were used to give the hair a puffier look. Although we don’t see them much, there were short hair styles and styles that did not require curls.

To achieve curls, one used a hair curler heated in a fire place, or one could use paper wrapped around the hair and pinned in place.

A lady’s maid styled the lady’s hair. She could also trim and cut hair. I read once in a Georgette Heyer book that there were male hair stylists that would cut hair to the latest style, but I can’t find anything to support that. Heyer was almost always right, but she did put falsities in her books because she was being plagiarized and those occasional false things would help prove that she was.

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Regency Trivia – 1830’s Corded Petticoat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE4M6D2F6MY

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Regency Trivia – The 1830’s Skirt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmZVDLE_Ns0&t=21s

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It is absolutely amazing how much fabric goes into these sleeves. Also note that they are worn with puffers.
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We rarely mention the 1830’s gowns. So, while I was researching something else (the story of my life) I found a few videos on 1830s gowns and other things. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrX2Qsyy77Q

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There are a couple of situations, and a lot of fact variations. I’m not going to get into all of them, but feel free to ask questions.

Most young ladies—especially if they had property—had guardians appointed by their fathers in the event of the father’s death. The young ladies would also have trustees. These were not the same people. So we’ll take that case first. I’m also assuming that she is in London for the Season. If a lady was a minor she would have to have the guardian’s permission to marry and, possibly, to receive her dowry. There was a way to avoid the permission by having the banns called. The only problem is that if the lady and her gentleman were trying to be sneaky about it, that wasn’t easily done. Someone was bound to find out and an objection could be made. In the general way of things, the gentleman who wanted to marry her would approach the guardian before he spoke to the lady and request permission to marry her. If the guardian wasn’t around, he would approach whoever was sponsoring the lady and ask how to contact the guardian.

The second case is where the father dies and no guardian has been appointed. The lady would live with a relative or a godparent and either an application would be made to the Chancery court or not. If there was not an appointed guardian, the only way the lady could marry as a minor was in church by having the banns called. Neither a special license nor a regular license would be valid. By custom, the young man would still speak with the guardian.

During the Regency, most gentlemen, particularly those with wives and children, had wills. There are some very famous cases of what happened when one didn’t have a will. One of the cases began in 1798 and ended in 1915 when the legal fees had used up all the money at issue. The three cases I looked at all involved men who were not of the gentry, and had made their own money. I suspect they didn’t have a good understanding of what would happen if they died intestate.

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During Regency dancing was an extremely important skill to have. Everyone from the very poor to the very rich learned to dance. The only differences were the types of dances, the way they were preformed, and where they were held.

Boys began learning to dance at young children, about the age of five or six. The same time girls started. As the dances became more complicated—and they were during the Regency—young men had dancing instructors to teach them the steps and refine their skills. There were even children’s “balls” where they could practice.

Two resources are “The Complete System of English Country Dancing,” by Mr. Wilson, a dancing master of the time, and “A Dance with Jane Austen: How a Novelist and Her Characters Went to the Ball” by Susannah Fullerton

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