Survivors of the cavalry charge at Balaklava on 25 October 1854, taken on the 33rd Anniversary Dinner in 1887.

Photograph by Trooper J Lamb, 13th (Light) Dragoons, 1887.

The group includes members of the 8th (The King’s Royal Irish) Light Dragoons (Hussars), 11th (Prince Albert’s Own) Hussars, 4th (The Queen’s Own Light) Dragoons, 13th (Light) Dragoons and 17th Light Dragoons (Lancers).

In June 1887 the survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade had signed a Loyal Address to Queen Victoria to coincide with her Golden Jubilee celebrations. In 1897, on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee, the survivors received honoured places overlooking the procession route.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1987-10-56-1


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Help Me Help You By: HermioneWinchester21 - M, WIPAU. Set in Victorian England, Hermione’s reputation has taken a substantial blow. A damaging and false rumor has spread that Hermione did more than provide information to Harry during the battle with Tom Riddle. How will she fix her reputation, and how does Draco Malfoy fit into that solution? Rated M for future chapters.

Bugle, 17th Light Dragoons (Lancers), 1854.

This bugle was used by Trumpet-Major Henry Joy of the 17th Light Dragoons (Lancers) during the Crimean War (1854-1856). As Orderly Trumpeter to Lord Lucan at the Battle of Balaklava on 25 October 1854, Joy used this bugle to sound the Charge for the Heavy Brigade, in which he rode. Five years after his death his bugle was sold at auction and achieved the considerable price of 750 guineas, largely because it was believed that it was also used to sound the Charge of the Light Brigade. It was sold again in 1898 and subsequently donated to the Royal United Service Institution.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1963-10-190-1


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Despite being muddled and sick, today was a pretty productive day! Work is finally setting in and I’m trying to maintain my head start on all the work. I got a new blanket and it’s so fluffy and great to do notes on!

Completed my fact sheet on Robert Browning – pretty boring for a Victorian writer, but interesting to read about anyway! I also finished up my history notes on the Cold War.

On to note-taking for GP next!

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Fans And Flirting In 1800’s Society

Among European and American women and men of courtship age, a fan had an understood secondary language of its own during this period—Passed down from generation to generation, the “secret” language included a variety of gestures women could make with their fans to convey their intentions to a man.

For example, a woman could cover her left ear with an open fan to say “do not betray our secret,” touch a half-opened fan to her lips to stay “you may kiss me,” twirl the fan in her left hand to warn “we are being watched” or twirl the fan in her right hand to signify “I already love another.” In an era where overt gestures of a woman’s intentions were considered highly taboo, such subtle indicators were apparently considered passable in strict society, intended to go unnoticed by all but the ‘conversing’ party. She could flirt with her fan, as this behavior was within the protocol of accepted behavior. Here are what different signals meant:

Fan fast–I am independent
Fan slow–I am engaged
Fan with right hand in front of face–Come on
Fan with left hand in front of face–Leave me
Fan open and shut–Kiss me
Fan open wide–Love
Fan half open–Friendship
Fan shut–Hate
Fan swinging–Can I see you home?

Photo: The Jenny Lind fan, named for the famous Swedish singer introduced to America by P.T. Barnum, was very popular from the mid-1860s to the early 1870s.  A brise style folding fan, the Jenny Lind consisted of broad petal shaped leaves often made of silk and sometimes tipped with tiny feathers.

1. The language of the fan appears to have been common knowledge having been noted by The Gentleman’s Magazine in 1740.

2.  Fenella, who wrote a tract outlining the new language, developed in Spain. The Spanish language consisted of 55 gestures that corresponded to messages. A Parisian fan maker, Pierre Duvelleroy, published a shortened form of about 33 gestures in English.

3. The Original Fanology or Ladies' Conversation Fan which had been created by Charles Francis Badini, was published by William Cock in London in 1797. Published in Contemporary books and magazines it details how to hold a complete conversation through movements of a fan.

4. Classes from the “The Academy for the Art of Using a Fan,” offered by an enterprising upper class London woman.

5. Daniel R. Shafer’s 1877 book, Secrets of Life Unveiled.

Source: Source: Source: Source: Courting the Victorian Woman- By Michelle J. Hoppe