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"You like poetry?"

"Ye-es, pretty well - some poetry", Alice said doubtfully.

"Would you tell me which road leads out of the wood?"

"What shall I repeat to her?"

said Tweedledee, looking round at Tweedledum - with great solemn eyes,

and not noticing Alice’s question.

"'The Walrus and the Carpenter' is the longest",

Tweedledum replied.

Tweedledee began instantly :






"The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make  
The billows smooth and bright -
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.


George III Cut & Engraved Glass Sugar-Loaf Decanter, England, c1780, Masonic Interestr Fine Cut and Engraved Masonic Tumber, England, c1810


George III Sugar Loaf Masonic Decanter, England, c1780

George III Engraved Masonic Glass, England, c1810



The moon was shining sulkily,



Because she thought the sun



Had got no business to be there

After the day was done -
It's very rude of him,' she said,

'To come and spoil the fun.'



The Walrus and the Carpenter were walking close at hand;

They wept like anything to see...


Early George II Baluster Wine Glass, Two Tears within knops, England, c1730 Mid-18th Century Georgian Drawn Trumpet Wine Glasses, of large size and good grey tone, c1750-65 Mid-18th Century Georgian Drawn Trumpet Wine Glasses, of large size and good grey tone, c1750-65


Early George II Baluster Wine, with two knops and Two Tears, England, c1730

Three George II Drawn Trumpet Wines, each with a Tear, England, c1750-65


...Such quantities of sand :
'If this were only cleared away,'
They said, 'it would be grand!'



John William Hilton, California, 1904-83, 'Desert Afternoon'



'O Oysters, come and walk with us!'
The Walrus did beseech.
'A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four...



Fine George III Rosewood & Mahogany Quartetto Nest of Tables

England, c1810, in the manner of George Smith


...To give a hand to each.'



19th Century Carved Hand-Form Nutcracker



Caughley Porcelain Egg Drainer, Pleasure Boat (Fisherman), c1785-99 Caughley Porcelain Egg Drainer, Pleasure Boat (Fisherman), c1785-99 Two Worcester Escallop Shell Pickle Dishes, Peony, Rock, Bird Two First Period Worcester Escallop Shell Pickle Dishes, Peony Rock Bird

Four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:

Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat -
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn't any feet.


George IV Silver Walnut-Form Vinaigrette, Birmingham c1825-6 Early Victorian Silver Melon-Fomr Nutmeg Grater, Taylor & Perry, 1844


George IV Silver Walnut-Form Vinaigrette

Early Victorian Silver Melon-Form Nutmeg Grater

Two Caughley Porcelain Egg Drainers, England, c1785-99, 'Pleasure Boat'
Two Worcester Escallop Shell Form Pickle Dishes, England, c1755-8, 'Two Peony Rock Bird'




Four other Oysters followed them,

And yet another Four;

And thick and fast they came at last,
And more...

and more...

and more...

Chinese Export Blue & White Carved Part Dinner Service (12 pcs.), 1st half 18th century

(Four Chrysanthemum-petal carved centers shown above)



...All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.




Diminutive 19th Century Japanese 6-Fold Screen :

 a pair of blue shishi dogs, hopping from the frothy waves to the shore  / 18.75" High x 36" Wide



George III Silver Scissor-Form Wax Jack & Snuffer, Young & Co., 1815, crested and each piece marked and original Sampson Mordan Silver-Mounted Figural (Crane) Hardstone Desk Seal


'The time has come,' the Walrus said,

'To talk of many things: Of shoes -
 and ships - and sealing-wax -
Of cabbages - and kings -

And why the sea is boiling hot -
And whether pigs have wings.'



Shown Above :

'Gloucester Blue Day', George Loftus Noyes 

 Samson Mordan Figural Desk Seal  / Fine George III Silver Wax Jack

Hellenistic Figurine of a Pig in Flight, 2nd-1st Century BC, Greece




Dutch Silver Beschuit (Biscuit) Box, Amsterdam, 1837, engraved after "Flemish Kermish"


'A loaf of bread,' the Walrus said,
'Is what we chiefly need :
Pepper and vinegar besides

Are very good indeed...


Queen Anne Britannia Silver Caster, Charles Adam, London 1707 Large George II Silver Trencher Salt, Edward Wood, London, 1730


Queen Anne Britannia Silver Caster, Charles Adam, London, 1707

George II Silver Trencher Salt, Edward Wood, London, 1730

...Now if you're ready,
Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.'




Kangxi Molded Blue & White Sweetmeat Shell / China, c1700


'But not on us!' the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
'After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!'
'The day is fine!' the Walrus said...



Rare Pair Late George III Tortoiseshell and Silver-Mounted Blue-Tinted Sunglasses

...'Do you admire the view?'



Richard Hayley Lever, 1876-1958 / View of Devonshire River, England'



'It seems a shame,' the Walrus said,
To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!'
The Carpenter said nothing but :

'The butter's spread too thick!'




Fine & Rare George III Old Sheffield Plate Pierced Butter Dish & Cover

Illustrated Crosskey, p.382



'O Oysters,' said the Carpenter,
You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none
And this was scarcely odd, because






....."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


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

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


(Beware the Jabberwock my son!)

Alice Through The Looking Glass


(...To keep the Menai's bridge from rust

By boiling it in wine.)

'Curiouser & Curiouser!' 



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