Category Archives: Garniture

Aspects of Small Household Ornaments

Long Before The Six Napoleons

Those of you who enjoy the Sherlock Holmes mysteries may well be familiar with The Adventure of the Six Napoleons, a story about a half-dozen plaster busts of Bonaparte, set in late Victorian London. But Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was … Continue reading

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Portraits Floating in Glass:   Crystal Cameos

Though we most often associate cameos with jewelry, a special type of cameo which became popular during the Regency was to be found primarily on very fine glassware. Such pieces were very expensive and were typically to be seen only … Continue reading

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Pottery Money Boxes of the Regency

The protection of money in the form of coins by slipping them into ceramic vessels dates all the way back to ancient China. Known in England from at least Tudor times, these vessels were called money boxes or sometimes money … Continue reading

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Fireplaces During Regency Summers

In the damp cold of a Regency winter, a fire burning cheerily in the grate was a most welcome sight. But in the warm months of the summer, when no fire was wanted, the empty, dark cavern of a fireplace … Continue reading

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Pastille Burners:   Regency Glade®

Times past were not always fragrant, and our ancestors employed various methods to cover the plethora of noxious odors with which they often found themselves surrounded. Scent vinaigrettes, pomanders and perfumed handkerchiefs were effective enough while out and about in … Continue reading

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When the Family Savings Was the Teapot

The title of this article is not a mistake. I do not mean that the family savings was kept in the teapot. I really do mean that the family savings WAS the teapot itself, but only if that teapot was … Continue reading

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Subtlties:   From Dining Table to Dressing Table

Or mantle-shelf.     Or curio cabinet. Ceramic, usually porcelain, figurines have figured in a number of Regency novels which I have read over the years. Angry heroines throw them at the hero, oftentimes smashing them to bits. A cruel … Continue reading

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