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1829 British Mummer's costume "In the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, British mummers dressed in fantastic modes to perform plays and dances at annual festivals, especially around Christmas. The antic revelry and gentle mischief making of the clowns, or Toms, encouraged donations from amused spectators and gave working-class men the chance to act out."

Mummer’s Costume (Jacket, Trousers, Hat). Possibly made in Yorkshire Natural linen with appliqués and woollen fringes. ‘In the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, British mummers dressed.

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Suit, British, mid c. On exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Date: century Culture: British Medium: silk, linen Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 51 in. cm) Length at CB (b): 31 in. cm) Length at CB (c): 33 in.

"King Of Crystal Palace" by Henry Bourne from the 'British Folklore Portraits' series by Henry Bourne, in collaboration with Simon Costin of the Museum of British Folklore

'King Of Crystal Palace' from the 'British Folklore Portraits' series by Henry Bourne in collaboration with Simon Costin of the Museum of British Folklore.

Manly bands gathered at the end of the working day with the swords, handkerchiefs and bells stitched on, to dance on village greens.

"The Dancing English", an undated mid century illustrated pamphlet on English folk dances published by the English Folk Dance & Song Society.

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Medieval Christmas Traditions: Actors wearing full facial masks as part of a mumming (play). This is from a manuscript created in 1344 for the court of Edward III. Larger picture at source.

"Orse" from the "British Folklore Portraits" series by Henry Bourne, in collaboration with Simon Costin of the Museum of British Folklore

"Orse" from the "British Folklore Portraits" series by Henry Bourne, in collaboration with Simon Costin of the Museum of British Folklore

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Great article here about the meaning of the animal skull masks/costumes and their traditions in British folk culture. Shows Knobbin, the Wild Oss of the Dorset Knobs Mummers.

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