1810 Military Dispatch Box, British. Mahogany and brass bound military dispatch box, with engraved plate for colonel Gray, 17th Dragoons. This gorgeous box has a secret interior release mechanism, and exterior brass handles for carrying the box. Photo editing by Suzi Love at suzilove.com Military Dispatch Box via Wilkinson Antiques, UK. wilkinsonantiques.co.uk Follow Suzi Love … Continue reading →
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I love this book! It’s a funny look at some of the happenings in Regency London. 1807 The Pleasures of Human Life Investigated Cheerfully by John Briton via Google BooksContinue reading →
History of Flat Plates In the medieval period, trenchers, or flat round pieces of hard bread or wood, were used for eating food. By the 1650s, huge quantities of pewter plates were made as households replaced their trenchers, although the acid from tomatoes leached the lead in the pewter and caused poisonings, leading to a major fear of the fruit. Trenchers were then replaced by carved wooden or clay bowls and eventually these raised bowls were replaced by flat circular dishes with the boom of the European ceramics industry. In the mid 18th Century, Josiah Wedgwood, and others, opened their potteries and began making porcelain and bone china plates which were affordable for the masses. These flat plates survived until modern times because they were easy to clean and could be attractively decorated. These generally circular flat dishes evolved from simple carved wooden or clay bowls and trenchers – flat, round pieces of hard bread or wood used in the medieval period. By the 1650s, huge quantities of pewter plates were made as households across the social spectrum replaced their trenchers, although the acid from tomatoes leached the lead in the pewter and caused poisonings, leading to a major fear of the fruit. Then along came the European ceramics industry, with the likes of Josiah Wedgwood opening potteries in the mid 18th century, making porcelain and bone china plates available to the masses. Something about their hygiene and the ability to decorate ceramic plates has meant they endure to this day. Follow Suzi Love … Continue reading →
1816 Crossing the Pont des Arts, Paris. Two women crossing the Pont des Arts, which is also known as the Passerelle des Arts. It was built from 1802 to 1804 and was the first Parisian bridge to be made of iron. It was also the first bridge in Paris to be exclusively reserved for pedestrians.
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1820 ca. Rosewood and Brass Inlaid Writing Box, Or Writing Slope, English. By William Dobson, The Strand, London, UK. via antiques-atlas.com The maker’s label says that this writing slope has gilded candle holders and ink wells. It opens from a box to reveal a writing slope and compartments for ink wells and the candles to write by. Follow Suzi Love … Continue reading →