Saturday, January 24, 2009
Victorian Skirtlifters were used to, well, lift skirts or dresses. When the slide, in this example the trefoil cross, was as the bottom, the clamps would open allowing the fabric of the skirt to be pinched. A chain or cord threaded through the eye at the top of the slide, pulled the slide up, causing the clamps to close and grasp the fabric securely. The dress could then be lifted up to keep it clean from the mud or whatever filth decked the streets.