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The EDC of 1800s: Pocket carry of the Victorian and Edwardian Era

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by FerFAL, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. FerFAL

    FerFAL Loaded Pockets

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    I posted this over at my website and thought you guys might like it, vintage EDC style.. Vesta cases, Soveregin holders, stamp holders, some guys may not be familiar with these.
    FerFAL
     
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  2. WheelgunBob

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    Great post. I often think about throwback EDC.

    You've reminded me of a birthday gift I got for my wife a couple of years ago. I wasn't met with any real enthusiasm, but it's still cool.

    Victorian ladies swiss silver watch fob. (Semi functional)

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    If it were practical, I'd love to sport a pocket watch, but my missus didn't want to come off as a librarian or a, >ahem < lebanese >cough! < Not rational, in my mind, but if she doesn't dig it enough to wear, there's nothing more for it.

    Still, a cool little tchochky sitting on the shelf in the office.
     
  3. nr73

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    Fascinating post.

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  4. ManVsLawn

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    I love these "what was carried and used back then" posts...

    Keep it coming :)
     
  5. Cobra 6 Actual

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    I knew I was old, but didn't realize that I was ancient. I have a fair number of vesta cases, whistles, pocket watches, watch fobs with little geegaws, pocket knives and fruit knives, and other doodads of that era. Here's a whistle I really like:

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    One thing you mentioned that any proper gentleman would have was a walking stick. These were often outfitted with hidden tools (swords, pipes, alcohol flasks, etc.). In fact these are so common that cane collectors have a separate collecting category for them, novelty or gadget canes.
     
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  6. Cobra 6 Actual

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    One tool that of that era that has lost function is this one:

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    It was designed to help secure those many buttons on high topped shoes, gloves, or spats. There's even a very active group of collectors, The Buttonhook Society!

    And here's a fruit knife with a nut pick:

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    If you were going on a picnic, man, you had better have one of these handy!
     
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  7. Ben Rubinstein

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    I have a modern version of a buttonhook that I use for my top button (when wearing a bow tie) or my cuffs. I find it very useful.
     
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    That would probably be the "Good Grips" brand ones, Ben? For less than ten bucks they seem pretty handy.
     
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    Here's a pretty typical vesta case or match safe of that era:

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    Shaped to look like a pocket knife, but opens to hold matches:

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  10. moostapha

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    My great uncle, born around 1910, still carried a lot of that stuff. One of my earliest memories is my great aunt showing me how a button hook worked.

    I think it's funny....all that class involved in starting fires, and I can barely bother to carry a <$1 bic.

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  11. Cobra 6 Actual

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    Here are some examples of the styles of whistles carried back then:

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    Only the 'sun' design in the lower left corner is of that era; the rest are newly-made sterling silver copies of old designs.
     
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    Is it wrong that I'm seriously considering a smart watch on a pocket fob if I ever go back to carrying a bag regularly?

    (That way, my phone could be even bigger for when I use the screen...maybe even a Bluetooth earbud....see, I like the whole personal area network thing...it's the internet of things that scares me)

    Okay...I'll go back on topic now....maybe...

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  13. Cobra 6 Actual

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    The Victorians had a powerful interest in the Orient, so designs with bamboo, Chinese characters, and dragons -- such as this match safe -- were pretty common then:

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    OT but I've actually been looking for a modern brass whistle to replace my fox 40 sonix, 140db or better. Thought one of you might be able to point me in the right direction?
     
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    Hi Ben ... you might check out the CRL Products brass one:

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    Beautifully made (I have ones in brass, stainless steel, and titanium. All very high quality!) you noted you wanted 140 dbls ... this is only 110 dbls. (Remember that the Acme Metropolitan Police whistle at ~95 dbls when tested in 1883 could be heard for over a mile, so 110 dbls is fine for me ... Naturally, YMMV. The brass Acme Thunderer comes in at ~120 dbls. The Atwood Tactical brass whistle put out about 108 dbls. Honestly, Ben, I think it would be difficult to get up to 140 dbls with these brass whistles.)
     
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    Sounds good, thanks!
     
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    Their website isn't working, giving me a 403 error. Is it just me?
     
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    Just checked it and it's working for me, Ben.
     
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    This is a particularly cool match safe with the English king, Edward the VII, on one side:

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    And a cartouche with his initials on the back:

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    This was probably made around the time of his coronation in 1901. The reason I especially like this item is due to the following:

    His mother, Queen Victoria, had banned the smoking of cigars in her presence, and, by extension, anywhere in high society. Her son, the Prince of Wales, broke this ban on the very day he assumed the throne as Edward VII, he uttered these words in court “Gentlemen, you may smoke.”
     
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  20. moostapha

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    140dB is loud enough to cause instant, permanent hearing loss.

    They're not going to make a whistle that can do that unless the tone is outside the range of human hearing.

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