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Date: Aug 15 12:45 AM, 2018
Livery Men

It is always a unique surprise to me that sometimes I am reading another book and something in that book will be cross-referenced to the Poldark books and films. I recently was watching Season 2 Episode 3. It is a scene where Elizabeth is receiving an invitation from George W. to soirée by a livery. Francis has broken with George by now and is coming on the scene with Geoffrey Charles. He mockingly covers G.C. eyes to keep them from being blinded by the livery man's outfit. Of course, Francis refused the invite, a new man he.

If you have access to the film it is about 5 minutes and 19 seconds into the film ( US Version)

Here is an annotated note in Jane Austen's Persuasion about a livery uniform.

39. A livery was a special uniform worn by male servants. Each family had its own distinctive livery, and most of its male servants would wear it. Designed to display the familys importance, the liveries were often very gaudy and elaborate. This is indicated in this case by the use of a bright color like orange (at a time when men normally wore dark, sober colors), and what would seem to be the contrast in color between the cuffs and capes and the rest of the coatcapes in this context refer not to a separate garment, but to one or more smaller pieces that were attached to the coat at the neck and covered the tops of the shoulders.

Austen, Jane. The Annotated Persuasion (Kindle Locations 5337-5341


Interesting isn't it. 

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