little Pearly Kings and Queens ... east-end London, UK ... ca. 1890s

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

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ButtonArtMuseum.com - Pearly King & Queen

ButtonArtMuseum.com - Pearly King & Queen

Pearly Kings

a little bit of flair is a good thing.

Pearly Queen costume, England, 1920s

Pearly Queen costume, England, (Remember the pearlies in Mary Poppins?

A Pearly King and Queen, London, England.

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. Today, around 30 Pearly Families continue the tradition to raise money for various charities. Each London Borough has a King and Queen, as do the City of London and the City of Westminster. It's a colourful London tradition and one that has been kept alive by a few dedicated people, who remain figureheads for the capital's working class communities. ... East End London, England UK

Pearly Kings And Queens Gather To Celebrate Harvest Festival

Pearly Kings And Queens Gather To Celebrate Harvest Festival - Pictures - Zimbio Gorgeous Hat!

Traditional Pearly King and Queen - London

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 QUEEN COSTUME, ENGLAND, 1920s

PEARLY QUEEN COSTUME, ENGLAND, 1920s

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…

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…

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