In aristocratic families, marriages were a currency of dynastic and diplomatic exchange (as in the case of Bianca Maria Sforza)—and they were not much different among the merchant families of republican cities.
Arranging a suitable match involved family, friends, associates, and political allies.By the later 19th century, the term "bachelor" had acquired the general sense of "unmarried man". In 1895, a feminine equivalent "bachelor-girl" was coined, replaced in US English by "bachelorette" by the mid-1930s.After World War II, this terminology came to be seen as antiquated and has been mostly replaced by the gender-neutral term "single" (first recorded 1964).In the Victorian era, the term eligible bachelor was used in the context of upper class matchmaking, denoting a young man who was not only unmarried and eligible for marriage, but also considered "eligible" in financial and social terms for the prospective bride under discussion.Also in the Victorian era, the term "confirmed bachelor" denoted a man who was resolute to remain unmarried.By posting here, you are permitting Boston magazine and Metro Corp. Who could imagine that a simple square of cotton or silk could hold memories of sadness, loss, joy, hope, happiness and love in their evanescent folds? I know because over the years, I’ve heard countless stories from people about a handkerchief they treasure. Personally, I have handkerchiefs in my collection dating back to 1893.Please be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation.We reserve the right to remove impersonators or personal attacks, threats, profanity, or flat-out offensive comments.Kress Collection Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art" src=" width="248" height="300" /Florentine 15th or 16th century, probably after a model by Andrea del Verrocchio and Orsino Benintendi Lorenzo de’ Medici, 1478/1521Painted terra-cotta, 65.8 x 59.1 x 32.7 cm (25 7/8 x 23 1/4 x 12 7/8 in.)National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Samuel H.Kress Collection Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art time and energy.