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Women in the Victorian had a wide variety of occupations. These included lodging house keepers, tea sellers, dressmakers, milliners, toy dealers, grocers, fishmongers and china dealers, to name but a few. In Lavinia, Sophy is a milliner—a highly skilled trade, with an apprenticeship of many years’ duration. In addition to superb mechanical skills, a successful milliner had to have an unerring eye for colour, decoration, and the ability to match a hat with a face.


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