In July 2015 we presented our smoking cap edition of the Parlorcraft Circle. Beautifully embellished smoking caps, jackets, and slippers were popular lounge wear for fashionable Victorian gentlemen of the mid-nineteenth century. They replaced the looser banyan dressing gowns and mitred sleeping caps of the eighteenth-century gentleman. Smoking caps were especially widespread after the Crimean War, when Turkish tobacco became popular in Britain. Gentleman retiring to brandy and tobacco after dinner wanted to protect their hair and clothing, so they could rejoin the ladies afterwards without smelling of smoke.
Upcoming EventsSep29Sat2:00 pm Parlorcraft Circle: Rag RugsParlorcraft Circle: Rag RugsSep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm19th Century Parlorcraft Circle: Rag Rugs Saturday, September 29 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Jefferson Market Library, Third Floor 425 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10011 Join the New York Nineteenth Century Society Parlorcraft Circle as we explore … Continue reading →