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It was very rude for any man to sit down before all of the ladies had been seated.
The Victorian Era, named after the prosperous and peaceful reign of England's Queen Victoria (1837-1901), is a rich and diverse area for collectors.
To contemporary eyes used to shopping for furnishings at Ikea, the Victorians with their mixing and matching of aesthetic styles probably seem desperately in need of simplification.
They thought nothing of grabbing cultural influences from all corners of the British Empire. Despite their eclecticism, orderliness was a paramount goal.
What in the 18th century would have been available only to aristocrats was now on show in every smart middle-class home.
The middle classes needed servants too, and in 1900 almost a third of British women aged between 15 and 20 were in service.