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'CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER!'

 cried Alice.

 

 

...'Children yet, the tale to hear,

Eager eye and willing ear, Lovingly shall nestle near'....

 


 

Of all the strange things Alice saw in her journey,
the one she remembered most clearly was the White Knight -

the mild blue eyes and kindly smile,
the setting sun gleaming through his hair and shining on his armour

in a blaze of light that quite dazzled her -

 

as He sang his melancholy song :

 

 

"I’ll tell thee everything I can,

There’s little to relate.

I saw an aged aged man,

A-sitting on a gate.
'Who are you, aged man?' I said,

'and how is it you live?'
His answer trickled through my head

Like water through a sieve...

 

 

 

'....I sometimes dig for buttered rolls,

Or set limed twigs for crabs;
I sometimes search the grassy knolls

For wheels of Hansom-cabs.
And that’s the way' -

(he gave a wink) -

'By which I get my wealth....

 

 

 

 

....And very gladly will I drink
Your Honour’s noble health.'

 

 

George III Silver-Mounted Coconut Drinking Goblet

Josiah Snatt, London, 1813

The rim crested with a lion rampant / Fully marked

 


 

 

 

Victorian Silver Armorial Wine & Spirits Bottle Stopper

J. Hennell, London, 1881

Crest : family of Murray, Dukes of Atholl & Earls of Dunmore

(Blair Castle, & Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, Scotland)

 


 

Good George IV Silver Neck Ring &
Wine & Champagne Bottle Stopper
 Samuel Jackson, London, 1829,
the ring cast with fruiting grape vines, incised CHAMPAIGN
the chained pierced stopper also with fruiting grapes vines

Pair Scottish Victorian Silver Figural
Wine & Spirits Bottle Stoppers
J. Mackay, Edinburgh, c1880
well modeled as seated beavers on their nests;
silver disc to the bases


 

 

 

Victorian Silver Armorial Wine & Spirits Bottle Stopper

William Hunter, London, 1868

Crest : Borne by the Bouchiers,,

Earls of Ewe and Essex, and the Barons Bouchier

 


 

...I heard him then, for I had just

Completed my design

To keep the Menai bridge from rust

By boiling it in wine.

I thanked him much for telling me

The way he got his wealth,

But chiefly for his wish that he

Might drink my noble health."

 


 

As promised, Alice watched the Knight, falling from his horse,

 first on one side, then the other, as he rode away -

 - to the turn in the wood.

 


 

 

Carved Figural Screw-Form Boxwood Nutcracker

First Half 19th Century, Continental, modeled as a standing violinist

 


 

 

Carved & 'Turned Ironwood' & Coquilla Nut Table Nutmeg Grater

England, Late 18th / Early 19th Century

Separating into three sections, the lower sections of lignum vitae, and with storage for nuts,

the top much resembling a King's Crown and containing a blue steel grater

 


 

 "The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for 'the Crown' :

The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.

Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown;

Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town."

 


 

 

King : `I feel faint - Give me a ham sandwich!’


 

Fine Pair of George IV King's Hourglass Silver Serving Tongs

(intended for chops, Ham sandwiches, and asparagus)

William Eaton, London, 1826, 9.1oz

 


 

 

Rare George III Silver Dish Wedge

Peter & William Bateman, London, 1808

Crest :  family of Hodgson, Northumberland

(Newcastle Interest)

(place 'neath the platter so the meat juices run to one end -

including Ham - demonstrated at left, by Mutton)

 

 


 

 

The Platter for the Meat & Juices

George III Old Sheffield Plate Meat Dish

(Mutton would likely prefer you choose Ham) :

Matthew Boulton, Birmingham, England, c1810-15

Marked verso : Double Suns with faces, and a leaf mark

 


 

   

 

And to catch the Splatter from the Platter :

Unusual English Silver Armorial Folding Table Screen

(Ham can be most sticky and syrupy)

the central panel with the arms the motto for Holloway : "A Deo Lux Nostra" 

 5" High x 21.75" Long / 29 oz.

 


 

 

 

...'In a Wonderland they lie,

Dreaming as the days go by,

Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream -

Lingering in the golden gleam -

    Life, what is it but a dream?'  

 

....."To all my friends, known and unknown, 'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'".

Lewis Carroll,  1871

 

And may it be filled with a Wonderland of Non-Sense!

Millicent Creech

Caroline Kelly

Keith Rainer

Anna Bearman

 

- THE END -

 


 

  (Unless you wish to view the other 'Alice' non-sense catalogs once more) :

 

(Why are you always too small or too tall?)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

 

 

(Beware the Jabberwock my son!)

Alice Through The Looking Glass

 

(Whether Pigs Have Wings!)

The Walrus & The Carpenter

 


 

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