Your Handy Guide to Clerical Beards #2. The Rufty

by Instant Noodle

This is a most pleasing facial ornament, it answers best where the hair is black and roses and lilies adorn the face of the youthful curate. It consists in a single curl of hair passing under the chin from temple to temple, like the frill of a widow’s cap. It must, however, be very neatly arranged. The face must be cleanly shaved, and curling-tongs, bostrokizon, bandoline, and gum Arabic, must all be judiciously applied to put Rufty in good shape, and keep him in good order. A doubt of a moustache may some-times be advantageously admitted with Rufty. This is a very insinuating beard.

(5th March 1864)