It was only after the Crimean War that beards became fashionable. At first there was considerable variation - an early style from the 1860s was to have long side- whiskers dangling down each side of the face like displaced spaniels ears, with a shaven chin in between.
The French women have always sold their beautiful tresses to decorate heads less favoured by Nature than their own; and even now the women of Brittany sacrifice that ornament for the sake of some silk kerchief of many colours at one of the periodical fairs.
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