Thursday, April 26, 2012
Delftware tile - Titfer
One of the many new 'Delft' tiles (actually paintings on panel and not ceramic!) I have created for my Umbra Sumus (We Are But Shadows) solo show this week-end (April 27 - 29 inclusive) in Spitalfields.
This tile illustrates another example of Cockney Rhyming Slang. In the old East End a Titfer (short for Tit for Tat) is a Hat.
This rakish-looking chap sports a brown felt billycock titfer, like a bowler but more domed (less flat) and with a raised, curled over brim at the sides.
I get caps and titfers from a few places, here are 2 of them