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.
We regret refunds cannot be granted as this beautiful design is printed to order. Colours may vary slightly from images on screen.
The copyright on all designs on this site belongs to Claire Swindale.
Love it! Got the fabulous Pearly King long scarf for Christmas this year, as a long time scarf wearer it’s my instant fave!!
Very cool and beautifully made. A great gift for the “man who has everything”
Claire Swindale –
Thanks JJ. xxx
Delighted you love it. Photo in action please … xx
Claire Bordon –
I’d describe myself as a pretty plain dresser. I’m certainly not one for accessories but when I was given this beautiful scarf as a special gift that is exactly what it became. I wear quite a lot of dark and tailored clothes to the office and adding this scarf to a black dress and a smart overcoat just adds something different and makes me feel special. At the weekend or in the evening I dress more casual wearing some jeans and a t-shirt and again once I put the scarf on it makes me feel as though I have made more of an effort without screaming it. What I do love is quality and I am partial to a designer or two! This scarf is just that; soft, beautiful, simple and of a design that no one else has, a place that I hold close to my heart. Oh and if the scarf happens to get stuffed in the bottom of my bag while I’m out that’s just fine because it hasn’t crushed or ripped! I love it.