A Pearly King suit decorated with pearl buttons: c. 1940

A Pearly King suit decorated with pearl buttons: c. 1940
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

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This image shows a detailed close up of a Pearly King suit decorated with pearl buttons. The suit, comprising a jacket, waistcoat, trousers, tie and braces was worn by Fred Bliss, Pearly King of Islington. On the back of the jacket is written in buttons 'Pearly King of Islington'.

Pearly Kings evolved from the costermongers, tough market traders who decorated their battered work clothing with pearly flashes.

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