A Pearly King suit decorated with pearl buttons: c. 1940
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

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

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This image shows 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.
 

Artist/Photographer/Maker

 

Date

1901 AD - 1940 AD
 

Image Number

008255
 

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