Brooches for when Halley’s Comet comes back to visit. Some of them are paste, others are silver and gold set with precious and semi precious stones. All are terrific. 1830s or later as it came by in 1835. 19th century.

Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622
Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622


Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622
Brooch. 19th c. Maker not known. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/finch-cos-cabinet-curiosities/seventeen-gem-set-halleys-comet-brooches-19th-century-65/102622

Plates of bird eggs detailed up enough that you feel like you are peeking in their nest. Victorian. Taken from Francis Orpen Morris’ 1853 work “A natural history of the nests and eggs of British birds.”

White Spoonbill and Ibis. Plate CLXIII. Page 4. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/4/mode/2up
Curlew and Whimbrel. Plate CLXIV. Page 10. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/10/mode/2up
Spotted Redshank and Redshank. Plate CLXV. Page 16. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/16/mode/2up

People dressed in all manner of costumes but looking 19th century anyway. Paintings of the Academic School by French artist Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889). Studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. One of Napoleon III’s favorite painters.

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“Phèdre.” 1880. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexandre_Cabanel_Ph%C3%A8dre.jpg

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“The Evening Angel.” 1848. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexandre_Cabanel_-_The_Evening_Angel.jpg

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“Death of Moses.” 1850. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alexandre_Cabanel_-_Death_of_Moses.jpeg

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“Saint Monica in a Landscape.” 1845. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Photo credit: Jack Kilgore & Company Inc. Image © 2020 Milwaukee Art Museum Blog. FAir use license. via https://blog.mam.org/2016/10/04/from-the-collection-a-pair-of-paintings-by-alexandre-cabanel/

Designs done for British ceramics firm Minton, all with Classical themes. Folio 10, SD 1705/MS1895 with no class letter. The legend on original cover reading “Decorated Pieces; How: chiefly vases. Paintings, drawings, tracings, etc; mostly coloured.” (Smith, Moyr). Collections of the Minton Archives, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

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Colored design. Undated. Collections of and © Minton Archive. Fair use license. via https://www.themintonarchive.org.uk/folio-friday-march-5/#more-10616

Silver dish rings with interesting decorations. Most of them meant to have plates of potatoes stashed on top. All of them would have come with the glass liners but two have lost theirs along the way.

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Dish ring or potato ring that may have had a glass liner originally. 1785. Irish Georgian silver. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sheffield-silverplate/rare-georgian-irish-dish-potato-ring/id-f_4080993/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-O35BRDVARIsAJU5mQVw9QTz0VWZLkBFvUhQHQkAgQcJ2j6pAC3KiheZh7JjRKfyVKCYGpYaAslhEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Reel form dish holders with pierced and chased sides with foliage and scrolls flanking a rocaille cartouche, one with various flowers, dogs, and foxes, the other with various flowers, birds, cows, and a man playing a penny whistle. Both with silver plate liners. 1895-1897. English. Silver. Made in London by West and Son. Makers marks: Mark on foot rim for West and Son, London. Image: © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/christies-living-august-collections/two-similar-victorian-silver-dish-rings-79/95553

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Large stable dish ring in an Irish style having a hand-pierced and chased body decorated with pastoral scenes, figures, and animals. Separate blue glass liner. 1904. English. Sterling silver and blue glass liner. Made by Israel Sigmund Greenberg of Birmingham. Maker’s marks: hallmarks on the back rim. Image © 2000-2019 Bryan Douglas. Fair use license. via https://www.bryandouglas.co.uk/silverware/dish_rings/j4390/j4390a.htm

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Dish ring with red glass liner. 1906. Irish. Made in Dublin by John Smith in 1906. Makers marks: hallmarks on the back rim. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/sterling-silver/irish-silver-dish-ring/id-f_17167112/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-O35BRDVARIsAJU5mQUuPLY3PY9pHhy2nisLEPG6NUBkTl9aRPYELVYWohrKl8ofSwrUsj0aAhxmEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Birds rendered in cameo glass scent bottles in various colorways. Two swans and an albatross. English and made by Thomas Webb & Sons, the “Crystal King of England.” They received a Grand Prix for their exquisite colored glass at the 1889 Paris Exposition where they were part of the Tiffany exhibit.

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Albatross scent bottle, the glass having been carefully etched from white to brilliant yellow to accentuate the detailing and silver gilt cap. Late 19th c. English. Cameo glass with a silver gilt cap decorated with a band of birds made by Parisian silversmith Gustave Keller. Image © M. S. Rau Antiques. Fair use license. via https://rauantiques.com/collections/recent-acquisitions/products/albatross-cameo-glass-perfume-by-thomas-webb-sons?variant=34510164754567

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Swan scent bottle, the glass having been carefully etched from white to cobalt blue to accentuate the detailing. Late 19th c. English. Cameo glass with a yellow gold screw cap by British silver and goldsmith Sampson Mordan. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/bottles/swan-cameo-glass-perfume-thomas-webb-sons/id-f_20133312/

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Swan scent bottle, the glass having been carefully etched from white to red to accentuate the detailing. 1884 . English. Cameo glass with a silver cap made by Charles Smith with London hallmarks for 1884. Maker marks on the glass: etched “WEBB” in a square. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25085/lot/315

Novelty scent bottles made from porcelain but decorated up to look like bird eggs. For a minute I thought they were real birds’ eggs. Very Victorian. Staffordshire. James Macintyre & Company, manufacturers

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Egg-shaped scent bottle with a screw-off white metal top in the motif of an owl’s head. Late Victorian. Makers marks: “Rd. Number 20772” to base of egg, and “Rd. Number 27414” to base of cover. Image © Toovey’s Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.tooveys.com/lots/424151/a-late-victorian-james-macintyre-porcelain-egg-shaped-scent-bottle

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Miniature bird’s egg scent bottle, formed and decorated as a realistic speckled bird’s egg with a silver chick’s head top. ca. 1800. Porcelain and silver. Makers marks Base of the bottle with the painted registery number “20772” assigned to James Macintyre, Washington China Works, Burslem. Image © 2001 – 2020 Sellingantiques Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.sellingantiques.co.uk/513002/c1880-macintyre-miniature-porcelain-birds-egg-scent-perfume-bottle-silver-chicks-head-top/

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Porcelain egg form scent bottle with decorations probably modeled on a song thrush egg. Victorian. Registration marks for Macintyre on the base. Image © 2020 – WorthPoint Corporation. Fair use license. via https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/james-macintyre-birds-egg-porcelain-1827584260

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Egg form scent bottle hand-painted with the coloration of a seagull egg with a sterling silver cap. ca. 1885. Porcelain and silver. Maker’s marks; base of bottle marked with “20772” which was issued to James Macintyre, Washington China Works, Burslem. Silver cap and collar hallmarked for Sampson Mordan. Image © 1998-2020 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.rubylane.com/item/704791-QS-F0571/Charming-Circa-1885-James-Macintyre-Egg

Medieval women seen through a Pre-Raphaelite eye. English. John Melhuish Strudwick, artist. Living from 1849 to 1937, he worked as a studio assistant to Edward Burne-Jones in his youth.

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“Evensong, Saint Cecilia.” 1897. Source: er artmagick.com. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Melhuish_Strudwick02.jpg

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“Oh Swallow, Swallow.” Inspired by lines from Tennyson’s “The Princess” about a swallow flying south with a message from the poet to his beloved. 1894. Source: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 80 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Melhuish_Strudwick17.jpg

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“The Ten Virgins.” ca. 1884. Oil on canvas. Exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in London in 1884. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2015/victorian-pre-raphaelite-british-impressionist-art-l15133/lot.8.html

Paintings of the Fairies Kettle Cliffs up in Cumbria in northeastern England. 19th century. James Shotton, artist. Living from 1824 to 1896, he also designed what is thought to have been the first Victorian Turkish bath in England in 1857. A close friend of William Holman Hunt. One of a different cliff but it fits right in.

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“Cliffs of the Fairies’ Kettle, Cumbria.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Collections and image © Quadrant, North Tyneside Council. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/cliffs-of-the-fairies-kettle-cumbria-57550

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“A Bit of Frenchman’s Bay, Tyne and Wear.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Collections and image © Quadrant, North Tyneside Council. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/a-bit-of-frenchmans-bay-tyne-and-wear-57569/search/actor:shotton-james-18241896/page/1/view_as/grid

Shotton, James, 1824-1896; Fairies' Kettle Rocks, Cumbria
“Fairies’ Kettle Rocks, Cumbria.” 19th c. Oil on canvas. Oil on canvas. Collections and image © Quadrant, North Tyneside Council. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/fairies-kettle-rocks-cumbria-57563/search/actor:shotton-james-18241896/page/1/view_as/grid

An India that’s a hop, skip, and jump away. Plates from Robert Montgomery Martin’s 1858 work about India. Martin wrote several books dealing with various parts of the British Empire.

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“Mohuna, near Deobun.” Page 23. W. J. Cook, engraver. Collections of and digitalized by the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/indianempireitsh02mart/page/n23/mode/2up

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“The Choor Mountains,” drawn from nature by G. F. White. Page 27. J. Tingle, engraver. Collections of and digitalized by the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/indianempireitsh02mart/page/n27/mode/2up

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“Gungootree, the Sacred Source of the Ganges,” drawn from nature by G. F. White. Page 30. J. H. Kernot, engraver. Collections of and digitalized by the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/indianempireitsh02mart/page/n29/mode/2up