Regency Health and Medicine: Worm Lozenges

La Belle Assemblee, December 1817 John Ching patented a medicine for “destroying worms” on July 11, 1796.  The two types of lozenges, brown and yellow, were for morning and night respectively (Operative Chymist, 1997). Sold until the 1860s, both contained mercury. Here is a recipe (The Family Oracle of Health: Economy, Medicine, and Good Living, 1824)  To read about a child’s death from and the father’s campaign against these lozenges: … Expand

Regency Advertisements: Wigleworth’s Wine

  This ad appeared in the January 1818 La Belle Assemblee, proclaiming the availability of every hero’s favorite drink (he at least likes one of them, and if he is a rakehell, all of them).

Regency Fashion: Morning and Evening Dress

These lovely gowns appeared in the May 1818 issue of La Belle Assemblee as fashions for June. I have included the excerpt of Cabinet of Taste as it talks more about Parisian fashions.