Just had a look at your bow ties and that smart Dr Who Matt Smith. Dr Who in his second and third regeneration had a thing about the bow tie too. It spans space and time….
Filmed in Wales you know.
Thought I would find out when they became popular and of course Wikipedia had the answer.
They originated with the Croatian Mercenary soldiers in the Prussian Wars. They used sort of scarf to keep the neck of their shirts closed.
Can get cold in those Prussian winters. Ooh ..I bet they looked smart.
The upper class French always quick to spot a classy accessory adopted it and called it the cravat from the French (because they spoke French) for Croat.
Balzac even wrote a book about it according to Wikipedia. Must look that up!
Now the puzzling bit , like the chicken and the egg, did the cravat evolve into the necktie and then bow tie or did the bow tie come first and the necktie?
Something to ponder on.
I personally go for the bow tie first then the neck tie but do not rely on me I can’t even win the lottery. Must buy a ticket!
Wikipedia also mentions our Doctor Who wearing a bow tie also Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel) from Eastenders.
Up to the minute and in vogue and who can resist a man in a formal Black Tie (bow of course) and all those soldiers in their mess kit. Enough to turn ones head!