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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

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

The Great Fire of London – now with additional Andrew Buchan!

Rejoyce, fellow history lovers and afiçionados of the ever lovely Andrew Buchan – I come bearing good news for you!

ANDREW BUCHAN TO STAR IN ITV’S FOUR PART MINI SERIES “THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON”

Inspired by the real events of 1666 when nearly half of London was destroyed in less than a week, the drama is written by Tom Bradby, political editor of ITN and author of Shadow Dancer. The story unfolds over four consecutive days as the fire takes hold of the city and the people desperately attempt to overcome the flames amid a threat to the monarchy. Buchan will play humble baker Thomas Farriner in whose shop the fire began on September 2, 1666.

Don’t mess with Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and Thomas Farriner’s artisan bread!

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Any excuse for a picture of Andrew Buchan at his prettiest!

And it’s delicious news for us Royal Navy buffs: Daniel Mays will play Samuel Pepys – yes, that Samuel Pepys, Mr. Il faut que je leave it least it bring me to alcun major inconvenience, that one! I love the casting for that role!

8 March, 2014 at 12:22 am Leave a comment

Shake it, Baby! For the 18th Century Bairn who has Everything

I admit I find this item as exciting as a ceremonial sword, and depending on the previous owner, it might have been just as dangerous…!

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Here we have a very rare  – as it’s still intact! – 18th century baby rattle/teether!

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This little piece of art is made from red coral (the teether-part) and silver.

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Fitted with a whistle, it offers many opportunities for an adventurous child to drive mum and dad up the wall.

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Made in 1793, according to the Antiques Roadshow expert buying this for your baby would set you back £ 1’500 – with all bells and whistles!

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24 May, 2013 at 9:34 pm 2 comments

Extraordinary 18th Century Sewing Box. Sew Cute!

I have two left hands and ten thumbs, so I admire this item for the art it represents rather than the art you could create with it. And art it is; without a doubt one of the cutest sewing boxes I’ve ever seen! Without further ado: Sewing Cottage!

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It’s made of engraved ivory; lined in sandalwood, and was created in Visakhapatnam, India.

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The expert of the Antiques Roadshow dated it to the second half of the 18th century and estimated its worth to at least between £ 5’000 and £ 8’000. You’d have to sew and sell quite a few handkerchiefs for that!

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19 May, 2013 at 11:38 pm 1 comment

Horatio Nelson got a Make-Over

After the finding-royals-under-the-car-park fad, we now have the give-history-a-make-over craze.

Historical hipsters: Shakespeare and Elizabeth I get makeovers from modern artists

I admit, seeing “Elizabeth I” and “hipster” in one sentence is painful; Shakespeare, however…

For Yesterday’s series “Secret Life of…”, historian Dr Suzannah Lipscom and a team of digital artists have given a number of historical portraits a modern make-over. Maybe nothing for purists, but I think it’s a fascinating idea, though the execution is a bit hit and miss. Marie Antoinette looks like Lindsey Lohan. Maria Theresia is nicht amüsiert.

But this – this, dear friends, is priceless:

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In case the title of this post wasn’t a give-away:

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Genius! I absolutely love the robotic hand! Now I’d like to see modern!Collingwood, wearing dungarees and battling snails in his cabbage patch in Morpeth.

Well, I have a contribution as well. Beat that!

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Well, and then there’s this, of course – yes, we’ve had it before, but it’s so amazing, it deserves an encore. Plus, you can never have too much of a good thing.

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2 May, 2013 at 11:16 pm 1 comment

A bit Off-topic, but who could resist these incredible Victorian Earrings? Not me!

While the focus of this blog is on all things 18th century, with emphasis on the Royal Navy, I sometimes come across something which is either so bizarre (the Battle for the Eternal Light, for example!) or awesome that I stretch the timeframe a little. In any case, this is still Age of Sail, though thoroughly not sailing related!

Dear readers, I give you

A BOX.

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CONTAINING VICTORIAN OWL EARRINGS.

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OWL EARRINGS!

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TAWNY OWL EARRINGS! IN A CAGE!

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If you’re not squeeing with delight and pawing at the screen right now, then – well, then you don’t. But these earrings are some of the most astonishing pieces of jewellery I’ve ever come across. According to the Antiques Roadshow expert, the owls date to between 1865  – 1868, and he valued them at £ 3’000 (!!!).

And the cherry on top of the awesome-cake: the owner does still wear these earrings – the last time at a Harry Potter fancy dress party! Go you, Hedwig!

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22 April, 2013 at 8:46 pm 4 comments

Gallery of Fashion – Lady’s 18th Century Fashion Guide

After a lengthy drought in all things 18th century, the Antiques Roadshow finally featured something of interest to this blog again. And  on one of your most popular topics: fashion!

A lady brought along four 18th century fashion guides, dated 1795. Illustrated with 174 of the most stunning fashion plates, these guides gave highly detailed information on all things chic. What to wear, where when, how and in what manner – the “Vogue” of the Age of Enlightenment, of sorts, only without the intent to make everybody look like clowns. Bonnets, morning dresses, gloves, even how to style your ringlets. The complete guide to beauty.

How I’d love to flip through those pages… I did flip something else, though, when the expert stated that the value of those guides was in the fashion plates (about £100 per plate), and what some would do was to cut the books to sell them.

Pray tell, what did I just hear? Cut the books? Cut the books?!

How about pointing out the historic value, which is in the context? How about selling prints instead? I hope to the Gods nobody ever comes along and has a long-lost portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds valued by her, she might advice to cut it down to fit the frame.

Luckily, the owner of the books immediately said that she had no intention to cut the books. Brava, brava!

Edit for clarification: the expert didn’t say “go forth and cut ye olde bookes”. But she said, as I wrote above, that the value was only in the fashion plates, made no mention of the historical value and context at all, and gave the impression that cutting the books wouldn’t be a big deal. Antiques Roadshow experts always put emphasis on context and historical value as soon as an item dates back to WWI or WWII. However, history is more than wars. I don’t think a comment along the lines of “…some would cut the books to sell them, which would be a real shame/remove the historical context etc.” would have been too much to ask of an expert.

Here are some of the plates – please note that I had to do a bit of “cut and paste” work to show them as complete as possible, but due to ratio issues during capping, you can sometimes see where I patched the individual pictures together. Nevermind, I hope you will enjoy them, anyway.

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“Watering Place” – needless to say, this was my favourite of the plates shown on telly!

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What fascinated me was the date of these guides – 1795. It’s very much Regency – which was still 16 years away! Fashion is faster than politics, it seems!

17 April, 2013 at 10:50 pm 2 comments

Hornblower makes Port in Germany – Ioan Gruffudd will attend Galaxy Con

Geddaway with Mr Fantastic – Ioan Gruffudd will always be Horatio Hornblower to me (and I guess I’m not the only one). So here’s a nice little pre-Christmas present for all the Hornblowerites among you:

IOAN GRUFFUDD WILL ATTEND GALAXY CON IN GERMANY

The con takes place at the Maritim Hotel in Germany from 6 to 8 September, 2013. The con is brought to you by the people behind FedCon and RingCon, so you can count on a quality event.

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Unfortunately, Mr Hornblower will have to make port without me; I’ve already signed up for HobbitCon (I’ll be a dwarf lady – including beard!) and FedCon (One word: “Muuuuummyyyyy”), and there’s a limit to the number of cons one Molly can afford, no matter how joyful she is.

In different news: WordPress just told me that the Joyful Molly is on WP for five years today – time’s flying! Why they had to give me such a godawful redesign of their dashbord as a present, I don’t know though…

3 December, 2012 at 9:40 pm Leave a comment

Rejoice! Garrow’s Law will be repeated on BBC4! And what we missed…

Time to dry your tears, my friends: thanks to BBC4, you can now enjoy once more all series and episodes of the wonderful 18th century drama “Garrow’s Law”, featuring the very lovely Andrew Buchan. Yes, I know, this was a long sentence, but never shortcut a lawyer. Repeats will start on 20th June, 2012, 10pm!

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But don’t put those voodoo dolls of Danny Cohen – that’s the fine gentleman at BBC responsible for the axing of Garrow’s Law, to finance stellar new glittery TV drama experiences like, for example, well, can’t think of anything now, but I’m sure it’s all fantastic – because according to Tony Merchant, this is what we didn’t get to see:

“There would have been a ‘medical negligence’ storyline involving Lady Sarah in childbirth in a time when the power of male doctors was unassailable and death in childbirth common enough not to raise questions about the ability of doctors.”

Click to read the interview

14 June, 2012 at 8:26 pm 1 comment

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