1893 text

The fashion of men wearing muffs appears to have been introduced from France in this reign.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

29 Nov 2005, 1:12 a.m. - Terry Foreman

muffs "in wearing apparel, usually cylindrical covering of fur, fabric, feathers, or other soft material, with open ends into which the hands are placed to keep them warm. Originally a purse and hand warmer in one, the muff was first introduced to women's fashion in 1570, when fur trimming was becoming popular. "In the 17th century they were used by both men and women. In the 19th century, however, muffs were considered an essential accessory only for feminine dress and ranged from large down muffs to small fur or velvet ones matching the trim on a woman's dress." http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9054146

1 Dec 2005, 3:30 a.m. - JWB

The Lucasta Poems by Richard Lovelace HER MUFFE. I. Twas not for some calm blessing to deceive, Thou didst thy polish'd hands in shagg'd furs weave; It were no blessing thus obtain'd; Thou rather would'st a curse have gain'd, Then let thy warm driven snow be ever stain'd. II. Not that you feared the discolo'ring cold Might alchymize their silver into gold; Nor could your ten white nuns so sin, That you should thus pennance them in, Each in her coarse hair smock of discipline. III. Nor, Hero-like who, on their crest still wore A lyon, panther, leopard, or a bore, To looke their enemies in their herse, Thou would'st thy hand should deeper pierce, And, in its softness rough, appear more fierce. IV. No, no, LUCASTA, destiny decreed, That beasts to thee a sacrifice should bleed, And strip themselves to make you gay: For ne'r yet herald did display A coat, where SABLES upon ERMIN lay. V. This for lay-lovers, that must stand at dore, Salute the threshold, and admire no more; But I, in my invention tough, Rate not this outward bliss enough, But still contemplate must the hidden muffe.

13 Sep 2015, 7:39 p.m. - Bill

Yikes. That last verse is a little risqué. Still, a muffe is a muffe as the Urban Dictionary will tell you.


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