Flee market-finds – and they are even naval-related!

27 October, 2007 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment

I love going to flee markets. Half of my furniture comes from there or the local second (third, fourth, fifth!) hand shops.

Today was a very successful day – and I found some bits which I’d never, ever expected to find here!


As I haven’t done a puzzle in centuries and my wintergarden has one white, empty wall after I removed one of the shelves, I couldn’t resist the temptation of buying a puzzle of “The Four Days Battle” (painting by Abraham Storck).

I expect it to be finished by… 2032. Latest.

To keep my inner child entertained, I also bought “Minute Painter”, which is a fantastic game where two groups have to draw figures of speech. The group which guesses more wins. Sounds boring, but it’s a lot of fun, especially if everybody is as untalented in the field of drawing as me!

But now to the really interesting finds – image heavy!

Saw it, fell in love with it and bought it for about £ 7. It’s an original print of Harland Fisher’s watercolour “A Lion in the Path”, end of the 19th century. Perfect condition, original frame, heavy glass. It’s now hanging on the door of my bedroom!

Harland Fisher “Lion in the Path”It’s a beautiful watercolour of a pub called “The Ship Inn” by some “John P. Martin” (I think…) with a lovely frame. From the looks of the cars and the fashion worn by the people on the picture, I’d date this late 60ies/early 70ies. Of course I had to do a bit of research, and yes! I found the pub! That’s what the place looks today:

The Ship Inn in the 60ies The Ship Inn today

A Time Life book (stop laughing!) in German.

Time Life book

I just leafed through it, did wonder about some of the texts (“filthy” ships? Eh…) but didn’t care much, because there are some great illustrations and paintings I haven’t seen before. Tons and tons of ships and battle scenes, of course, so I’ll rather give you Horatia, Nelson’s daughter with Emma Hamilton.

Horatia Nelson

Let’s stay with the kids – here are three powder-monkeys:

Powder-monkeys

There’s also a series of sketches made by a midshipman – made by Captain Frederick Marryat in 1820 from his memory. Not great art, but very fun, as they give an insight into the way the captain saw his life aboard the ship when he was still a middie.

Here’s a – eh – “self portrait”, showing his mother weeping because his departure is near. He’s poking his sister in the backside, and the sea chest is being packed with all the things a young gentleman might need at sea (“powdre, green tea, portable soup, holy bible, cherry brandy, meat”.) He’s marked the sea chest with “Mast. Will. C….. – H.M. Ship Hellfire, West India Station”. Please note the painting of Nelson over the mantle. 🙂

Midshipman Marryat

This is simply amazing. Thomas Bewick lived from 1752 – 1828, but most of the woodcuts in this book have been done in the 18th century.

Thomas Bewick

Fashion, music, domestic life, courtship, life at sea, natural history etc. – nothing is missing here:

Animals
Dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, camels and zebras, cattle, buffalos and oxen, sheep and goats, swine, foxes wolves, jackals, hyenas and racoons, bears, antelopes, deer and relatives, lions, tigers and other wild cats, elephants, rhinoceroses and hippopotamuses, walruses, otters, seals and whales, primates, squirrels, rats and other rodents, badgers, skunsk and weasels, pouched animals, sloths, anteaters and armadillos, moles and schrews, porcupines, hedgehogs and platypuses, bats frogs and turtles

Birds
song birds, crows, blackbirds and relatives, insect-eaters, birds of prey, owls, ducks and geese, swans, fowl and game, woodpeckers, peacocks and parrots, shore birds, long-legged waders, bird studies, birds, nests and feathers

Fish, insects, trees, flowers and plants, rocks and cliffs, landscapes, rural snow scenes

People
Fashions, military costumes, itinerants, beggars and thieves, children at school, children with adults, children at work and play, children with animals, domestic scenes, eating, food and tables, drinking, household chores, departure and homecoming, social amenities, love and courtship, recreation, misfortune

Business and Trades
Agriculture, business and trades, architecture, book illustrations

Thomas Bewick

It’s overwhelming. I will make a special entry about the books when I find the time; I can’t scan 1800 pictures, of course, but if there’s something you’re looking for or are specially interested in, please yell. What I loved most was the way the animals were made – such a different view from today!

Phew! In other words: I’m a very happy Molly now. There will be separate entries for each of the books, with more scans. I’ll keep you posted!
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Resource updated: Molly Joyful’s list of naval and historic resources Resource: the secret diary of a midshipman

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