The Big Ben Silk Scarf
Tissue wrapped and presented in a beautiful box. Scarf, box, tissue, stickers; all elements made in the UK.
100% Habotai Silk – Approx 105cm
Please dry clean only.
Pearly King is also as a Long 92% wool+8% silk Scarf, Plexiglass Wall Art, a glamorous Faux Fur Stole
A little history: Pearly Kings and Queens, known as Pearlies, are an organised charitable tradition of working class culture in London.
The practice of wearing clothes decorated with pearl buttons originated in the 19th century. It is first associated with Henry Croft, an orphan street sweeper who collected money for charity. In 1911 an organised pearly society was formed in Finchley, North London.
Croft died in January 1930 and his funeral was attended by 400 followers from all over London. In 1934 a memorial was unveiled to him in St Pancras Cemetery which was later moved to the crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster. The Inscription reads ‘In memory of Henry Croft who died January 1st 1930 aged 68 years. The original Pearly King’.
My image was taken on the New Years Day Parade as I strolled through Trafalgar Square! I love the idea behind them, no wonder being in their presence seems to bring a heart warming smile to all.