Two-piece dress, 1883. Plum silk taffeta. Worn initially as a wedding dress, this stylish outfit has a second bodice, with plaid velvet lapels and cuffs, a feature that would extend the usefulness of this dress. Charleston Museum blog
Coal mining was just one industry in which children worked during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Industrial Revolution brought immense prosperity to the British Empire. Not only did Britannia rule the waves, she ruled the global marketplace, too, dominating trade in cotton, wool and other commodities, while her inventors devised ingenious machinery to push productivity ever higher.