So many of my favorite historical trades (yes, I’m using the term lightly) begin with the letter T that I thought they deserved a post to themselves. We have:
Tar. Doesn’t it evoke so much more feeling than “sailor”?
Thimblerigger. You know that “Which cup is it under game?” The man in charge of such prestidigitation was called a thimblerigger. I think it’s also a great word to slip into conversation by way of a metaphor.
Ticket-of-leave man. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, criminals who were excused early from their sentence by way of a ticket of leave were given this title.
Ticket porter. Another 19th century trade. Not just anyone could be a porter (person who carried things). You had to have a ticket to show you were official.
Tidewaiter. This was a customs official, so called because he had to wait for boats to come in on the tide before boarding them.
Tinker. Someone who repaired pots and pans. I love the ring of it, but it was considered a very low profession.
Top sawyer. Yes, the man who sawed on top (of a saw pit), which was an enviable position for obvious reasons. The term came to mean anyone in a very good position.
Tosspot. So it’s not exactly a trade, but it is a very good 19th century word for a person who drank a lot.