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TV: Do Not Miss! Banished and Poldark will Start this Week!

And so it begins!

BANISHED
BBC Two
Thursday, 5 March, 9pm

In his latest TV drama Banished, writer Jimmy McGovern tells a brutal story about the first British convicts to be transported to Australia.

Read more here!

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Russell Tovey (right) alongside Myanna Buring and Julian Rhind-Tutt

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Anne Meredith (Orla Brady), Elizabeth Quinn (Buring) and Katherine McVitie (Joanna Vanderham)

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Russell Tovey (James Freeman)

But what I’m personally waiting for is the result of the rumoured spray-tan

POLDARK
BBC One
Sunday, 8 March, 9pm

The very lovely vampire dwarf Aidan Turner plays a stubborn but heroic Cornishman who returns from the American War of Independence to discover that his father has died and his fiancee is betrothed to another man.

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I’ll be watching this mostly for historic research.

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Mostly.

 

4 March, 2015 at 11:48 pm 1 comment

For Sale: “The Cockpit / Pit Ticket” – William Hogarth, original print, hand colouring, 1759

Mrs Molly Joyful is flogging off the crown jewels…

THE COCKPIT / PIT TICKET
by William Hogarth
Engraving with hand colouring in watercolour on cream wove paper, 1759. 320×385 mm; 12×15 1/4 inches, wide margins.

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Very good condition, minor wear and tear around the border (please click on the picture for hi-resolution version). I do not know if this is the 1822 Cradock & Joy reprint or an earlier 18th century one. The paper is 18th century, though.

Interested? Please contact joyful_molly at yahoo.co.uk for questions and price offers; offers start at  £ 280.00/EUR 350.00 (plus p+p, custom fees and possible banking/paypal fees). This is your chance to invite one of Britain’s greatest artist into your house. I hate to see him go, but alas…

26 November, 2014 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

The Georgian Children Thrones

Antiques Roadshow goes Games of Thrones…

This is where the well-heeled Georgian family would have placed their little prince or princess for supper – it’s a miniature late Regency/Georgian dining chair! Made of Mahogany in ca. 1830, this children chair allowed for catapulting porridge and cooked liver all over the dining room from a prominent position. It will therefore not come as a big surprise for you if you learn that it is still used within the family.

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Special detail: the seat (still the original upholstery) is made of woven horsehair!

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With a value of £800 – £1’000, this migh be just the perfect gift for the next baby shower…

Now, some parents are known for putting their children on pedestals. Some Georgian parents, however, put them on thrones!

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This useful piece was made of oak and elm and dates back to the late 18th/early 19th century. If you’d want to go potty with it, you’d have to fork out between £800 and £1200.

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Indeed, worthy of a prince! (No, not for you, George. You already got a bilby.)

2 May, 2014 at 7:08 pm 1 comment

Ladies and Gentlemen – Nelson’s Teapot!

Seeing how Easter is just around the corner, a Fabergé egg might have been more suitable to turn up on the Antiques Roadshow, but I thought that you’ll be just as happy with Nelson’s teapot. And it’s the real thing!

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How did Nelson’s teapot find its way into the Antiques Roadshow? Well, this lady brought it along.

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Her grandmother’s maiden name was Barlow, and she was a descentant of Admiral Sir Robert Barlow, who “commanded one of Nelson’s ships”. Looking at the order of the battle which survived through the centuries, you can see that it was HMS Triumph.

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Barlow’s third daughter married Horatio Nelson’s elder brother William, and he inherited title and teapot after Nelson’s death.

The teapot was part of  the so-called “Baltic Service”, which was presented to Nelson by the people of London on occasion of a banquet.  And it was made in – France. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this a recycled piece of French china. Oh those thrifty Londoners!

Isn’t it amazing that this teapot survived through the centuries? Final proof neither Nelson nor Emma had cats.

Having a cuppa from this teapot will set you back at least £ 20’000, for that’s what it would probably bring at an auction. And as with all things Nelson, sky would be the limit.

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It wouldn’t be complete without the knitted commemorative Collingwood tea cosy, though (which is slightly more affordable).

18 April, 2014 at 4:22 pm 1 comment

Trafalgar: Nelson, Navy, Nation. New Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

Of course a new exhibition with that title had to open on Trafalgar Day.

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Hours: Open daily, 10.00-17.00 (last entry 16.30)

Location: National Maritime Museum, floor two

Admission: FREE

I’m curious to see if/what new aspects of “Nelson’s Navy” will be presented. And I’m looking forward to the “weird and wonderful” Nelson memorabilia; it will be difficult to top some of my past finds…

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There are various activities and events hosted in connection with this exhibition, so have a look around the NMM.

And later on I’ll do the usually Collingcount (it’s a drinking game – have one every time Collingwood should be mentioned and isn’t.)

21 October, 2013 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

Happy birthday to that noble fellow Collingwood!

I admit, the Great British Bake-Off it ain’t, but I can assure you that the cake tastes much better than the icing looks.

Here’s to the noble fellow Collingwood, our dear Old Cuddy. May there be many more cakes we can eat and glasses we can empty in his honour.

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Pilfered from Old Cuddy. Because Admiral Collingwood deserves two blog entries in his honour!

26 September, 2013 at 10:56 pm Leave a comment

You have the Breeches, you have the Cravat – but do you have the Condom?

Probably not, but you could have bought this outstanding – stop chuckling! – piece twelve years ago from Christie’s.

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Thanks to The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice for finding this one.

You couldn’t get more authentic than this, come next Austen Ball! The little English riding coat is made from sheep guts, sold for £764 and measures 21 cm – oh, and you can tie it with a ribbon!

(And just in case none of you are in the mood, you could look at the picture for inspiration!)

I’m not fully convinced this is 18th century, though… judging from the fashion sported by the coupling couple, I’d dated this to the 19th century. But then again, you can never be 100% sure with condoms.

This here is a 17th century condom, made from red silk and also fitted with a ribbon:

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Condoms were first used in brothels, and often soaked in contraceptive herbal decoctions, washed after use and then reused. Aren’t we all happy we made some progress there!

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1 August, 2013 at 6:20 pm 1 comment

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