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"When you wish upon a star

 Makes no difference who you are

Anything your heart desires

Will come to you.

 

 

If your heart is in your dream

No request is too extreme

When you wish upon a star

As dreamers do..."

 

2400-2600 light years away is the dazzling constellation Monoceros (Greek for "Unicorn").

It is said to be "one of the most beautiful sights in the heavens", 

its first known appearance on a celestial globe in 1612, created by Dutch cartographer Petrus Plancius. 

 

Within the Unicorn is a relatively young triangular cluster of about 40 (wishing) stars

known as the "Christmas Tree Cluster" - pictured above.  

This celestial Christmas tree even has its own tree-topper - a giant star, simply known as HD 47887. 

Below the "topper" is the "Snow Flake Cluster", whose stars appear as pink and red lights radiating out in snowflake form.

At the base of the tree is another intensely bright massive star named 15 Monocerotis - 8000 times as bright as our sun! 

     

Oddly ... the "Christmas Tree Cluster" rises into the evening sky just as

many begin to fill their homes with star-topped Christmas trees,

and in much of the northern hemisphere, look outside to snow flakes falling from the skies ...

... and we generally pragmatic adults slip into our altered Christmas mentality :

charge headlong into the illogical worlds of Walt Disney, Pinocchio and Star Trek,

mount stuffed antlers on our cars, endanger life and limb to cover our homes with lights,

and always entertain an "impossible dream" - or two - (probably travel plans) ...

 

... whilst we wish for luck on our favorite sparkly star ...

 


 

 Some Earthly "Things That Also Sparkle" : "Silver"

(From our 2013 Collection / Click images for details)

 


 

James I Provincial Silver Seal Top Spoon

Bristol, c1610, the Seal pricked '1612'

Marked with a fleur de lys and 4 pellets to the bowl

& an incuse reversed R sided by two five-petaled roses to the shaft.

Coincidentally, 1612 is the year the globe was created first depicting the constellation "Unicorn" .

On December 28, 1612, Galileo Galilei was the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune

when in conjunction with Jupiter, mistakenly cataloging it as a "fixed star", as it moved so very slowly.

SOLD


 

 

Early George III Silver Argyle, London, 1768

 Script TJ in oval punch, Grimwade # 3841

(attributed to Thomas Jackson II, Thomas Jones, or Thomas Justice, as found on a kettle and stand, 1768)

An argyle is an insulated gravy pot, reputedly invented by the Duke of Argyll of Scotland.

These ingenious vessels not only keep the sauces warm by means of an outer jacket for hot water,

but pour the sauces from the base, avoiding the fats which rise to the top.

The earliest date to 1755.  This is an early example. Engraved T beneath a Viscount's coronet.

SOLD

 


 

 

 

 

Rare Early 18th Century Silver Mustard Spoon, c1720, Hanoverian,

with strong upper ridge, rattail attachment; terminal verso scratch engraved S+W

Although this shape is similar to the tea caddy spoon,

spoons for the measurement of tea were not introduced until the 1770s.

 


 

   

George I Britannia Silver Marrow Spoon (upper two images)

Partial Maker's Mark S?, London, 1723

Rattail attachment with initials to heel & scoop upturned;

The bowl crested with a demi-buck springing gouged with a ducal coronet


George II Silver Marrow Scoop (lower image)

Maker's Mark Rubbed, London,1733

Crested for Brocas (Lord Mayor of London, 1730, and for Brocas of Beaurepayre, co. Hants.)

   


 

 

 Good Set of 4 George III Silver Snuff Spoons, Peter, Ann & William Bateman, London, 1801

 Rare Set of 6 George III Silver Snuff Spoons, John Blake, London 1803

(Shown for comparative size with a George II Tablespoon, James Wilks, 1729)

There is debate to the size and use of "snuff spoons", possibly all miniature spoons simply being classified as such.

However, by repute, these tiny spoons were used for taking snuff, rather than the fingers. 

 


 

 

    

 

George II Silver & Carved Mother of Pearl Snuff Box

England, c1735-45

Extremely well carved with two lovers between an apple tree

and a dolphin-spewing fountain - the sun shining, birds flying -

perfect for your true love! SOLD

Victorian Silver Hunting-Horn Vinaigrette & Scent Flask

with Dependent Chain

Sampson Mordan & Co.

The lid with a George III Gilt token, opening to a hinged floral & foliate pierced grill & vinaigrette compartment, a flask at the end

 


 

 

Dutch Silver Tobacco Box, Christoffel Woortman, Amsterdam, c1796

With panels of Biblical scenes to the hinged cover and verso :

 Solomon and his very dual nature to the cover, The Prodigal Son to the verso

SOLD

 

 


 

 

  

 

Large Edward VII Scottish Provincial Silver          

Clan Badge, Campbell          

Arthur Medlock, Inverness, Scotland, c1900-1910          

Boar's head within belted motto          

NE OBLIVISCARIS' (DO NOT FORGET)          

Two Edward VII Scottish Provincial Silver Clan Badges

William Buchanan, Inverness, Scotland, c1910, for the families :

Fraser - JE SUIS PREST(I AM READY) - SOLD

Malcolm - IN ARUA PETIT

(HE AIMS AT DIFFICULT THINGS) - SOLD

 


 

 

 

 George II Silver Hash Spoon

William Soame, London, 1735

In the Hanoverian pattern with upper ridge and double-drop heel

Hash spoons were large serving spoons (over 12") used for serving

a mixture of meat and potatoes in the18th and early 19th century
SOLD

 

George III Silver Large Basting Spoon

Richard Crossley, London, 1806

Crested for the family of Ormsesby (Ormsby) : a dexter arm embowed in armour

holding in the hand a man's leg also in armour couped at the thigh, all proper

    


 

Pair of George III Irish Silver Patens

Richard Williams, Dublin, 1760-70, raised on a ringed footrim

Each centering an engraved Bishop's Mitre (Anglican), one surmounting a crowned eagle displayed

 

 

SOLD


 

 

Early George III Silver & Baleen Toddy Ladle, set with Queen Anne Silver Coin

the rim with the edge of coin, ummarked (as usual in the case of coin inserts), 15" Long

 

 

 


 

 

George III Silver Stand with Reticulated Border

Robert Makepeace & Richard Carter, London, 1776, quite heavy gauge at 20.9 oz.

Crested with an ostrich on a chapeau, in mouth a horseshoe, for the 1st Earl of Leicester,

Thomas William Coke,  (6 May 1754 – 30 June 1842)

Coke became famous for his advanced methods of animal husbandry used in improving his estate at Holkham in Norfolk.

As a result, Coke of Norfolk is seen as one of the instigators of the British Agricultural Revolution.

SOLD

 


 

 

Very Good George III Crested Silver Soup Ladle

Thomas Evans, London, 1776, Feather-Edge, with stop-fluted shell-form bowl

 Crested with an eagle's head erased

SOLD

 


 

 

Good George III Old Sheffield Plate Meat Dish

 Matthew Boulton, Birmingham, c1810-15, 21" Wide

  Simply the best of the Old Sheffield Plate makers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

 

 


 

 

South American Silver Tastevin

 Probably Brazil, Early19th Century,

 Crown over ? (likely a B), and another very rubbed mark

with fanciful silver dependent sea serpent loops and chain

 


 

 

 

Early 19th Century Engraved Dutch Silver

Beschuit (Biscuit) Box

Gesina Voorthuis (widow of J.H.) Stellingwerff & Abraham Bernardus van Grasstek, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1837

The hinged lid engraved with dancing villagers -

In the manner of David Teniers "Flemish Kermess" 

 

Pair George IV Scottish Silver Toddy Ladles

John Caw, Edinburgh, 1826-27

Crested with a dexter arm vambraced holding in the gauntlet a

pheon erect below the mottos PER TELA PER HOSTES

(By arrow by enemies) for the familes Bremner, Brymer

 

 


 

 

 

Good Pair Regency Silver Candlesticks

  John Roberts & Co., Sheffield, 1813

  Cast & embossed with palmettes,

  crested with a stag's head erased, attired

Fine Pair of William IV Silver Candlesticks

Kitchen, Walker & Curr, Sheffield 1832

Of particularly nice form

Kitchen, Walker & Curr made particularly fine silver wares

 

 

 

George III Silver Nutmeg Grater

Thomas Willmore, Birmingham, 1800

In three parts, the bottom section a nutmeg holder,

Bright cut to the top & bottom, the top cover initialed MG

George III Silver Tubular Nutmeg Grater

Thomas Wilkes Barker, London, 1802-3

Of quite heavy gauge silver, with

double hinged cover and removable grater

 

 

 

 South Staffordshire Enamel on Gilt Metal Egg-Form Box

England, c1765-70

Two side and one lid cartouche intricately painted with small figures and sheep in seashore landscapes,

the heavy gilt arabesques characteristic of Julien Berthe

An amazing piece of miniature artistry!

SOLD

 

 

 

 

 On Sunday, January 6, 2002 - the Day of Epiphany in the Christian church -

a red supergiant star V838 Monocerotis, 20,000 light years toward the constellation Monoceros (The Unicorn),

began an outburst, which for a short time made it one of the brightest stars in the entire Milky Way.

The star with its "light echo", spanning 6 light years in diameter,

 were imaged (above) by Hubble Telescope on December 17th, 2002 -

almost a year after its brightening cycles had begun - and 4 days before Winter Solstice -

the ancient day of celebration of light by cultures worldwide here on earth. 

 

This ancient star was unknown prior to January 6, 2002.

Coincidentally, in the pre-1752 calendar, January 6th was Christmas Day ... 

 

"...Like a bolt out of the blue

Fate steps in and sees you through

When you wish upon a star

Your dreams come true"

 

May your Christmas Season be filled with at least one perfect star 

 and one wondrous new dream,

that is filled from afar ...

through "Fate"... and a star's mighty beam. 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

MILLICENT CREECH

 


 

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(Star Images : Christmas Tree by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope / V838 by NASA & Hubble Heritage Team

( "When You Wish Upon a Star", Leigh Harline & Ned Washington for Walt Disney's "Pinocchio", 1940)

 


 

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