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Seals - decorative metal trinkets hung on a gentleman's watch-chain; could be used to imprint the wax when sealing letters.

Bond - legal document guaranteeing a payment

Overseers of the Poor - Parish officials who gave money from the rates to people who could not support themselves

Quadrille - square dance for four couples

Chaine des Dames - movement of a quadrille

Catechism - a set of questions and answers used in teaching the beliefs of the Church of England

A bag of - a fox taken to the meet in a bag and then released, to guarantee a hunt

Lotto - a game of numbers, rather like Bingo

Commerce - card game with a 'pool' of money to be won

Paste the newspapers - cut out interesting news items and stick them in a scrapbook

Charade - the 'actors' choose a word of two or three syllables, e.g. 'understand'. They do a mime to suggest 'under' and another to give a clue to 'stand'. They then act a piece which hints at the whole word. The 'audience' must try to guess the word.

Snap-dragon - picking raisins from a bowl of burning brandy.

Kissing Bush - decoration of evergreens and mistletoe

Panaroma - wide view of a city or famous landscape painted on a roll of paper and unwound between two verticle cylinders.

Bathing Machine - a small hut on wheels which was pushed into the sea. The female occupant could undress, enter the water, come out, and dress again with complete modesty

Bathing Woman - attended ladies in bathing machines

Chariot - light carriage

Pelisse - lady's cloak usually with slits for the arms

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