Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton


4 February 1727
To prevent the Publick’s being impos’d upon by Counterfeits,
   The True, Original, Royal, Chymical Washballs, which have been sold upward of twenty years, at the corner of Pope’s-Head-Alley, over against the Royal-Exchange in Cornhill, are still continu’d to be sold by John Lambert, glovefeller, who will attest them to be the very Original Washballs, and assert it with an affidavit if requir’d, notwithstanding any thing that may be falsely publish’d by his adversary to the contrary; he is remov’d from the corner of Pope’s-Head-Alley, two doors higher, to the Sign of the Flower-de-luce, joining to the Royal Union Coffee-house. These balls have not the least grain of mercury, or any thing pernicious; but are highly recommended by those that use them for beautifying the hands and face and making the skin so soft and smooth as not to be parallel’d by wash-powder, or cosmetic, &c. and is a real beautifier of the skin, by taking off all deformities, tetters [herpes eruptions], ring-worms, morphew [skin blotches], sunburn, scurf, pimples, pits, or redness of the small-pox, keeping it of a lasting and extreme whiteness. It soon alters red or rough hands, and is admirable shaving in the head, it not only gives an exquisite sharpness to the razor, but so comforts the brain and nerves as to prevent catching cold, and is of a grateful and pleasant scent. They are sold only by Mr. Lambert, as above, and at Mr. King’s Toy-shop, in Westminster-Hall. Price one shilling each, and allowance by the dozen. Beware of counterfeits. Mr. Lambert likewise sells all sorts of gloves wholesale and retail, mens velvet-caps, night-caps, &c. wig-bags, ribbon, silk-handkerchiefs, &c. As also mens and womens
stocking[s]; all at reasonable rates. [Weekly Journal, or The British Gazetteer]

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Cleanliness", 15 February 2002 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/soap.htm>

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