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    Bachelor's shirt

    Hi all,
    What kind of shirt was a «Bachelor's shirt» in the English 19th?

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    So far as I am aware, a shirt that is worn by a bachelor.

    Do you have more context?

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    Re: Bachelor's shirt

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    So far as I am aware, a shirt that is worn by a bachelor.

    Do you have more context?
    Hi Anglika,

    No, I am afraid I don't. it is just a mention in a list of objects shown at the Great Exhibition of London (1851), as follows:
    «...a "bachelor's shirt of peculiar construction without buttons",...»
    Medieval and post-medieval shirts already had no buttons, just a string to adjust them in the neck, so i cannot guess what is the peculiar thing with a buttonless shirt.
    Unless it was an ancestor of the modern t-shirt...

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    Re: Bachelor's shirt

    I think your supposition that it is a forerunner of a T-shirt is not at all bad.

    Since this reference is to an exhibit in the Great Exhibition, it is very likely to be an ingeniously designed [and probably patented] shirt that does not need studs or buttons to fasten it, and can be put on without the assistance of a man-servant. I suppose the only way to be sure of what it was like is to find a copy of the full catalogue to the Exhibition or search the Patent Office archive.

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    Re: Bachelor's shirt

    Well, that was the only thing I could think of.

    Thank you so much, teacher!

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    Re: Bachelor's shirt

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I think your supposition that it is a forerunner of a T-shirt is not at all bad.

    Since this reference is to an exhibit in the Great Exhibition, it is very likely to be an ingeniously designed [and probably patented] shirt that does not need studs or buttons to fasten it, and can be put on without the assistance of a man-servant. I suppose the only way to be sure of what it was like is to find a copy of the full catalogue to the Exhibition or search the Patent Office archive.
    Or maybe it was made of a material resistant to creasing (the assumption being that bachelors don't have irons, or if they do, they use them as door-stops). In my youth (a few years after the Great Exhibition, I'll have you know ) there was a big fuss about 'Drip-Dry' shirts.

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    Re: Bachelor's shirt

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Or maybe it was made of a material resistant to creasing (the assumption being that bachelors don't have irons, or if they do, they use them as door-stops). In my youth (a few years after the Great Exhibition, I'll have you know ) there was a big fuss about 'Drip-Dry' shirts.

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    «Iron? Do you mean Iron Maiden?» said the bachelor...

    Not a bad point, I say, although not too obvious. I think it seems a rather complex interpretation of the text, but not necessarily bad.

    Thanks Bobk

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