For those who feel as if they were born in the wrong era, The Quintessential Victorian is a place for you to indulge in all things Victorian. Fix a cup of tea, relax, and allow yourself to be transported to the most glorious era in history...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Welcome to The Quintessential Victorian!

The Victorian era was one of beauty, grace, and gentility. As a Victorian trapped in a modern day world, I invite you to join me each week for articles pertaining to the 19th century and all it entails. Topics such as fashion, tea, literature, jewelry, amusements, and much more will be featured weekly in addition to special posts about Victorian places to visit.  Furthermore, ideas to bring the past into your present day life will also be shared. I hope you enjoy your time here at The Quintessential Victorian! Won’t you join me for a cup of tea?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

50 Shades of Mohair

50 Shades of Mohair (with a touch of cat hair:).
Silvery gray, pearlescent white, coffee brown, tawny tan, dusky black…ahh, the enticing shades of teddy bear mohair. In the dusty corner of attics to the deep recesses of ambrosial scented cedar chests reside the tantalizingly cuddly cohorts of childhood. With the seductive allure of glassy eyes, soft embroidered lips, and moveable limbs, the teddy bear is childhood’s hero, guarding little ones from the ever present dangers lurking beneath beds or within the darkness of closets. These cuddly companions provide comfort, friendship, and unmitigated devotion. A dedicated lot, they endure a mélange of frivolity such as the provocative enticement of tea parties, late night sleepovers, not to mention dressing up in all manner of costuming engaging in make-believe play. Their cottony memories safeguard childhood secrets and confessions while woolly mohair is bathed in the salty tears of disenchantment.
What begins as a soft furry playmate slowly morphs into a ragged companion enduring loss of stuffing, mending, petting, and snuggling. Fur fades, mohair wears, and glass eyes are lost, yet these treasured comrades persist, evoking a sense of contentment and gratification lasting a lifetime. Surrender to the repressed yearning of childhood merriment by indulging in a night of peace and tranquility found in the cuddly companionship of a mohair teddy bear.

Bearton Abbey Resumes!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Through Button Eyes: Memoirs of an Edwardian Teddy Bear, An Heirloom Story

Meet Sir Bearsley Tolpuddles, star of the soon to be released novel Through Button Eyes by author Kim Poovey.
Discover history of the Edwardian era and beyond through the eyes of an antique mohair teddy bear.
Stay tuned for more...

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bearton Abbey's a Ball!

Visit to find out more...

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Haunted Photo Shoot

Several weeks ago we were privileged to be photographed with dear friend Lynn on River Street, Savannah, Ga by photographer, David Hartfield.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Wine and Sign at Folly Beach Pier

The first Wine and Sign event at Folly Beach Pier was a wonderful success! 
Thanks to all who attended!