Another type of antique

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By Bob_Chong on Monday, January 29, 2001 - 11:08 pm: Edit

Wow--I think I spend that much on pilot lights alone...or maybe on them and the single gas lamp outside (turned down as low as possible).


By Midas on Monday, January 29, 2001 - 11:03 pm: Edit

Bob, gas here is quite cheap. Our last monthly gas bill was AUS$30, so it wouldn't really be out of our price range to get the gaslighting fitted. Of course, we wouldn't be getting the electricity disconnected!
And Black Rabbit, that sounds fantastic. I'm a big fan of Steampunk and Alternate History fiction(a la Anno Dracula, Fatherland etc.), and that sort of stuff is right out of "The Difference Engine".

By Black_Rabbit on Monday, January 29, 2001 - 05:08 pm: Edit

Oh hell yeah! You gotta Midas, you just gotta.

I have been considering (when I and my honey ever have a house we own) making my modern techno widgets look less techno-widgety. Probably this would involve brass, leather and wood casings for a lot of things. Like, instead of blah plastic light switches, I would rather have some bad ass decorative (nonconductive) ones. It wouldn't be that hard to retrofit such things, I would just have to craft something that fit over the existing switches with a mechanism for moving them. Cover plates for light sockets, outer casings on things like telephones that belie what they are, that sort of thing.

By Bob_Chong on Monday, January 29, 2001 - 04:46 am: Edit


You guys must have some nifty price controls on gas down there to even consider such a thing--either that, or you're opulent beyond avarice. Gas has gone up 50-200% nearly everywhere in the states.

Of course, it's summer where you are and wouldn't know the kick in the nuts we've been taking on gas bills.

All that being said, gas fixtures would look pretty cool.


By Midas on Monday, January 29, 2001 - 04:37 am: Edit

My house still has the original pipes for gaslighting in place.There are a couple of outlets per room, and I've been contemplating buying fittings for them. A week ago I found an antique store here that has hundreds of gaslight fittings, all in beautiful condition. The owner said that if I was interested, he knew of a technician at AGL (the Australian gas company) that could re-install the gaslighting in the house, and that he'd already done so for several houses in the eastern suburbs. Probably a slight fire hazard, and completely unnecessary, but god it would be fabulous...
Oh, and I saw a computer in a department store recently that had a woodgrain patterned veneer, with old typewriter style keys. Very steampunk.

By Brspiritus on Sunday, January 28, 2001 - 05:17 am: Edit

Pricey but cool as all get out. Personally I prefer the Chesterfield type frock coat to the morning coat. Both are appropriate for about 1890 and the height of the Absinthe era. I have to get one or two nice shirts with collars and ties... wear them to work with my vest and let me boss think I'm weirder than she thinks I am already LOL.

By Midas on Sunday, January 28, 2001 - 01:28 am: Edit

Here are two good ones I found through the kind folk here at LFV.
History In The Making make beautiful 19th c. menswear, including entire suits. Pricey, but...

By _Blackjack on Saturday, January 27, 2001 - 11:27 pm: Edit

The detachable collars work on pretty much any shirt with a band collar and a stud (like a cufflink sorta) instead of a top button. Most of them have a button on the back of the collar to hold it there as well, but that's optional. Most of the shirts on the sites listed are of this type. Traditional priests' shirts are the same way too, tho now most of them just use plastic collar-inserts.

By Brspiritus on Saturday, January 27, 2001 - 04:33 pm: Edit

Don't worry about being a font of useless information... I've been called one all my life by people of a lower intellect than myself. Of course it's funny how everyone always comes to me when they want to find something... because I generally know where to get what they're looking for. What is the web address to Premiere Designs? I kinda puzzled as to what shirts you could use the detachable collars on... only one of the links actually sold the collars but they didn't say what shirts to use them with.

By _blackjack_ on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 - 12:18 am: Edit

I am a font of useless information. Shame there's no money in it.

By Midas on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 10:35 pm: Edit

I knew it was a good idea to start this thread. Thanks blackjack.

By _blackjack_ on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 03:53 pm: Edit

One more:

Man, I'm a geek...

By _blackjack_ on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 03:42 pm: Edit

A little secret: cowboys are just Vicrorians with guns. If you look around for reproduction American old west clothing, you can find a great selection of (men's) Victorian garb.

Some links:

By Midas on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 05:56 am: Edit

Thanks Kallisti, I found a link for a company called "Premiere Designs" that make mens shirts, and also make detatchable collars, one of which is a wing style.
I recently bought a mens swallowtail mourning coat from the early 1890s, so I need an appropriate shirt to wear with it. the coat is in pristine condition. Very wearable.
And Mr.Wormwood, I concur. I have found that paticular exercise to be rather taxing. Also, any person or persons visiting the Maxwell estate without presenting a calling card or without prior announcement shall not be permitted past the parlour...

By Wormwood on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 04:50 am: Edit


Just don't try to go through airport security with
your swordcane

By Artemis on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 01:56 am: Edit

Dressing for the NOLA event, are we?

By Admin on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 12:26 am: Edit

It is common for Opera companies to hold costume sales, San Francisco Opera does this every year.

Vintage shirts are hard to come by, because they were hard worn until they were rags, and even wearing ones you do find is risky, as they disintegrate quickly (I know, I've owned a dozen pairs of vintage ladies bloomers, and they usually only last a couple wears if that - boots 'n' bloomers, that ole fashion stand by!)

Reproductions shouldn't be too hard to find, here's a link that is a good gateway for everything costume-ish, tho it might take some digging:

By Midas on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 11:38 pm: Edit

Does anyone know of a supplier for mid to late 19th. century mens shirts, either antique or reproduction? I collect victoriana, and it's notoriously hard to find any mens fashions from the period, except the odd duster jacket or vest. If all else fails, I'm going to approach Opera Australia. I know they've got them, but will they sell them...
So if anyone knows where I can find an antique or reproduction mens shirt, either with a straight or wing collar, please let me know.
Ta much.

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