On September 13, I did visit in my birth city of Horst, The Netherlands, Museum de Kantfabriek or the Lace Factory Museum. It was quite interesting to look how clothing around 1850 looked. White starched linen detachable collars for men, that got attached with special collar studs through button holes. Click: Victorian Period Linen, Cotton, Linene and Celluloid Detachable Collars to see such Victorian pieces and scrolling further down, shows you also the collar and shirt studs. What a different world then!
To the right you see the detachable collars with the collar studs.
Above is a white silk shawl that was worn with the cylinder hat.
To the right of the white silk shawl is a gray jacquard ascot.
Does anyone of you still have such Victorian items?
Hand embroidery and lace was used to embellish the 'Trouseau' which was mainly worked in pure linen.
Do you still have some heirloom pieces of linen?