Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The boxcloth Braces by Albert Thurston

Boxcloth braces
Boxcloth,sometimes called 'buckskin', was the ultimate fabric for keeping out the cold in the 19th century. Since then it has continued to be woven in Yorkshire, then finished by being shrunk to half it's original width, which tightens up the cloth allowing it also to be used for making the ultimate classic brace.

Over 180 years of traditional British craftsmanship
In 1820, five years before Nelsons Column was built (to celebrate his life and death on the 21st October 1805 at the battle of Trafalgar) braces and suspenders were first made and sold by Albert Thurston from his emporium at 27 Panton Street, Haymarket, London. If you want to know whether any of your ancestors fought on the British side at Trafalgar click here  Trafalgar

Thirty one years later, in 1851, the nation celebrated the Victorian era, when the Great Exhibition was held in Hyde Park. Albert Thurston received an Honourable Mention for the excellent standard of their products.

By now, Albert Thurston had become a by-word for quality in gentlemens' accessories, and their braces and suspenders were destined to be sported by kings, princes, presidents and successful businessmen across the world over the next 2 centuries. in

The boxcloth braces are designed in such a way that you can either cut the excess tabs off using sharp scissors (and one side as a template to achieve the half moon shape) or let the tabs hang down ...

White Goat skin ...
In addition to boxcloth, lighter versions made from barathea are made for warm weather wear

1 comment:

Justin Jeffers said...

Please note that the photo with multiple pair of barathea nad boxcloth suspenders is sourced from my blog, The Fine Young Gentleman, and can be seen here: