Pearly gear is worn by Cockneys in festive mood, costumes with distinctive patterns of mother-of-pearl buttons. Pearly Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses can be seen on parade at the annual Harvest Festival in St Martins-in-the-Fields
Pearly Queen costume, England, (Remember the pearlies in Mary Poppins?
Who Are London Cockneys?
Pearly King and Queen- Pearly Kings and Queens, known as pearlies, are an organised charitable tradition of working class culture in London, England. The practice of wearing clothes decorated with pearl buttons originated in the century.
Pearly Kings And Queens Gather To Celebrate Harvest Festival
Pearly Kings And Queens Gather To Celebrate Harvest Festival - Pictures - Zimbio Gorgeous Hat!
I sent my husband an anniversary card one year with this picture on it and told him this could be us in 20 years! A treasure!
Pearly King. By the mid-1800’s, Coster Kings were mimicking the fashions of Royalty and West End society ~ the Kings sewing lines (‘flashes’) of cheap and plentiful mother of pearl buttons on their battered bell-bottomed trousers, waistcoats and caps; their ‘Queens’ wearing huge ostrich feather hats and ‘bobby-dazzler’ earrings. Soon these costers were being referred to as ‘Pearlies’ and the term ‘Flash Harry’ was born. Their children ~ who inherited the parents titles in the same way as…