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post #46 of 54
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I'm also a huge fan of Thurston braces, and have a pair of the purple boxcloth.  I have a question about the boxcloth braces: how much fabric is supposed to hang down from the levers?  With mine, the excess fabric hangs down almost to where the gut ends attach to my pants.  If that's too long (frankly, I don't mind it), should I attempt to cut them, or just buy a smaller size?  Thanks.
Boxcloth Tab ends - You can cut them down as long as you achieve the same half moon shape. They were originally made this way so your tailor could do this simple adjustment for you. However I have noted over the years that whenevever I see them being worn by the British aristocracy they tend to let the unadjusted tab hang down. Outside the trouser, of course. See Sir Johnny Scott on the front of his latest book http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews20658.html Or the portrayal of Lord Kilwillie in the BBC drama 'Monarch of the Glen'. Probably will not be posting much for a month as am travelling about, but will try and answer any other queries in March when I get back. Toodle Pip.
post #47 of 54
Hello again all, I am working my way through scanning the whole catalogue, and we have yet to decide quite how and in what context to present it, but in the meantime, here is a sample page from it.  (This is from, we believe, 1870). Thurston 1870 sample page All the best, Jerry
post #48 of 54
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Thanks for your responses. How would one recognize these? I am assuming that not all suspenders that are white are catgut.
Caution. Do not ask for suspenders in a British shop - suspenders are worn by ladies, to hold up their stockings. Years ago sock-suspenders were worn by gentlemen, to hold up their socks, but these are rarely worn now; with shooting socks or kilt socks garters would be used. For holding up trousers, you need braces. Why don't the Americans speak proper English?
post #49 of 54
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Originally Posted by RJMan,Jan. 25 2005,14:35
Years ago sock-suspenders were worn by gentlemen, to hold up their socks, but these are rarely worn now
They are quite useful for partially (15 or 20%) elastic nylon socks when the elastic's elasticity has given out. In many cases, the socks are still perfectly fine and can be worn for many more months or even years.
post #50 of 54
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[do you have a shop in a passage off of Jermyn street? I was in a place that was full of what appears to be your product, but I had written down a different name, could they be private label customers of yours? ] Probably S Conway in Princess Arcade (between Jermyn St and Piccadilly) - he runs many of the silk Limited Editions. We do not have a shop of our own ( we did have one in Panton St but it was unexpectedly demolished one night in 1941, I believe...) but we do have many retail outlets who sell under their and our names, particularly in the Savile Row/Jermyn St/City areas.
that's the one. very nice shop.
post #51 of 54
American garters are British suspenders American suspenders are British braces American braces are rarely worn in Britain.. there seems to have been a mix up in the lab I reckon. ttfn Jerry
post #52 of 54
Does anyone know if there is a British word for what are called braces in America?? I *think* we call them braces too. I've been puzzling about the 'India Rubber Albert' braces in the Thurston 1870s catalogue, and I *think* it was before the word 'elasticized' appeared, and probably meant the same thing, it does sound weird to 21st century ears though. Jerry
post #53 of 54
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Hello again all, I am working my way through scanning the whole catalogue, and we have yet to decide quite how and in what context to present it, but in the meantime, here is a sample page from it.  (This is from, we believe, 1870). Thurston 1870 sample page
Very high quality scan, Jerry. I look forward to seeing more. I've been a frequent browser of your website. I need actually to buy something, now.
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They are quite useful for partially (15 or 20%) elastic nylon socks when the elastic's elasticity has given out. In many cases, the socks are still perfectly fine and can be worn for many more months or even years.

I agree completely!!
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