Pearly King suit decorated with pearl buttons: c.1901 - 1940

 
Pearly King suit decorated with pearl buttons: c.1901 - 1940
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

Full image caption

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.

Image Details

Date
 
1901 AD - 1940 AD
Image Number
 
008260

© Museum of London

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