Two original 18th century copper engravings purchased at the Fair in Kendal yesterday.....portraits of 17th century gentlemen, resplendant in their curly hair wigs.
George Saville.....Marquis of Halifax ( 1633-1695 ) Statesman, Writer and Politician whose famous quote....
" Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught"
This was the first title of Field Marshall to be handed out in the British Army and was awarded to this gentleman way before that famous Field Marshall Montgomery in World War 2.
A slightly battered hatbox containing.......
A top hat with velvet pads either side for keeping it in tip top condition.
Made in Piccadilly, London by Woodrow for a gentleman's outfitter in the North of England.
The sweetest cotton bonnet with drawstring tape to pull and secure onto its owners head......reminds me of dippy Minnie from Larkrise to Candleford!
A 19th century butter box mould with a hand carved base comprising a geometric pattern with a simple heart.
This would produce a pattern on the top of the butter when the mould was inverted and the sides released.
Even the little pegs are intact.
The cutest little child's basket measuring 9ins from the top of the handle to the base....
And finally some lovely, handmade gypsy clothes pegs.....
Known as "gypsy clothes pegs" because it was the travelling gypsies who made and sold them in villages and towns throughout Britain.
Each peg was made from a piece of wood..... split lengthways and held together with nailed-on strips of tin.
I wonder how many sheets and clothes these pegs have seen?
Far nicer than my blue plastic clip ones....I think I might try them tomorrow on my washing line, as it looks like good drying weather is on the cards for the next few days.
I do love washing dried on the line and it certainly looks far more appealing than draped on radiators.....
Roll on Springtime....