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Detective work

Postby Grania » Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:17 pm

Hi all

I'm currently volunteering at a National Trust property and have been given some detective work to do.

In the collection of clothes etc at the property (I think on loan or something from a member of the family who's house it was/is) is an ornately embroidered jacket, apparently in a victorian style, although I haven't seen it so I can't tell you much more about it. Inside this jacket apparently is a label stating 'Russell and Allan 18 Old Bond Street'. What my boss has asked me to do is find out who Russell and Allan (could be Allen, but Allan is what I have written down) were, for example were they simply outfitters, a fashionable establishment etc? An internet search has told me nothing except that 18 Old Bond Street is now Prada.

Does anyone have any info/knowledge or suggestions? Anyone know where I might be able to look for more details? I know it's a bit of a cheek, but I thought I'd ask just in case as I've always been utterly useless at interent searches!

Thanks ever so much
G


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Re: Detective work

Postby the real lord duvet » Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:26 pm

manchester galleries have a dress they made worn by mrs asquith.

They were what we call tailors or dressmakers.



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Re: Detective work

Postby Nigel » Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:27 pm

a bit of detail here
http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsite ... ?img_id=48

Shows they were a bit more than a dress maker


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Re: Detective work

Postby Grania » Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:02 pm

Thanks :D I thought they must be more than an ordinary dressmaker - partly because of the owner in question...I'm working at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, home of the Bedingfeld family, so, yes, I didn't expect it to be anything exactly ordinary :D but couldn't for the life of me find any details. Thanks SO much, is all I can say, I'm really grateful!
Not sure why I wrote outfitters rather than dressmakers, I normally don't but I suppose I was in a rush - must have been lunchtime :thumbup:


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Re: Detective work

Postby lidimy » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:16 am

Congrats on the getting the place at Oxburgh - I'm at Blickling now too! National Trust FTW! :D


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Re: Detective work

Postby Grania » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:48 am

:) Enjoying it?


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