American Eton Collars: Chronology--1840s

Figure 1.--This boy is Charles S. Garlick which we know thanks to a note pinned to the inside padding og a cased Daguerreotype. Unfortunately it is not dated, but we believe was taken in the 1840s. harles wears a black jacket with velvet lapels, a contrasting red vest with white dots, a bold white detachable Eton collar and bow. The Bow has a small head and wide tails. Notice the great straw hat. It looks rather like the hats worn by some modern Amish.

We have a much beter idea of fashions in the 1840s as a result of the invention of photography. We have noted collars with the Eton look as early as the 1840s. The detachable collar became increasingly popuar in the 1840s. We see them in the Dagerreotype portraits that brcame so popular in the 40s. Almost as soon as Daguerre perfected his pocess, Daguerreotype studios began popping up all over the United States. By the end of the decade therevwere more studios in America than not only France, but allm of Europe. These images, however, are difficult to date. And unlike CDVs and cabinent cards, there was not easu way to write a name or date. We are unable to differentiate between 1840s and 1850s dags. Perhaps readers may have some pointers here. We can make some guess based on the clothing, but that is not the same as having a definitive date. One aid is the Ambrotype which appeared about 1855. If we see fashions that do not show up in Ambros, then the Dags are likeky to be from the 1840s. We have found a number of Dags we think date to the 40s that show boys wearing Eton collars, including some big bold collars. Some were worn with neckwear.


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