the good old fashioned "romantic" love for sweethearts, husbands & wives,

as well as love for mothers, fathers, children, dogs, cats, and cousins -

for whomever  --  or whatever  --

we hold dear to our hearts,

and makes our lives just so much better :



George II Silver Rococo Taperstick, John Cafe, London, 1755 Scottish Brass Chamberstick, late 17th century, of heavy weigh with heart-form base an inscribed handle

"You Light Up My Life…"

A George II Silver Taperstick, John Cafe,


A 17th Century Scottish Brass Chamberstick, the base a 'Wondrous Heart'

"Life is Like a Box of Chocolates"

William & Mary Walnut & Olivewood Oyster Veneered & Marquetry

Document / Lace / 'Chocolates' Box, England, c1690

"Put A Little Love In Your Heart!"

Frederick VI Silver 'Double-Heart' Hovedvansaeg, Dated 1793

Copenhagen Denmark, Assay Mark Christopher Fabritius

George II Silver Bottle Ticket (Decanter Label), inscribed MOUNTAIN, James Slater, London, c1739-50 George II Cruciform Decanter, England, c1740 George II Cruciform Decanter, England, c1740

"Ain’t No Mountain High Enough"

George II Silver Escutcheon Bottle Ticket, 'MOUNTAIN',

James Slater, London, 1739-50

on a George II Cruciform Decanter, England, c1740

('MOUNTAIN'  is a fortified 'sweet & dark' dessert wine of the 18th century)

George III Engraved Airtwist Wine Glass, England, c1765, the decoration of grapes and grape leaves George III Jacobite Interest Wine, Engraved with two 6-petal roses and a bird, facet cut stem, c1775

"Days of Wine & Roses"

Early George III Engraved Airtwist Wine, England, c1765

 Engraved with 'grapes' and grape leaves

George III Jacobite Interest Facet Cut Wine, England, c1775

The bowl with polished & engraved 'roses'


"Hey Diddle Diddle, The 'Cat' and the Fiddle,

The Cow jump'd over the Moon,

 The little dog laugh'd to see such Craft…

… And the Fork ran away with the Spoon."

17th Century Style Silver Traveling 'Fork-Cum-Spoon'

The Netherlands, c19th Century

The terminal pick, a seated 'big-cat'







"You Light Up My Life" :  written by "Joe" Brooks in 1977, and made famous by Debby Boone,

daughter of singer Pat Boone. The song is still today one of the top ten Billboard Hot 100 songs of all time!


"Life is Like a Box of Chocolates" :  The phrase appeared in the 1994 film "Forrest Gump",

when Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) said, whilst sitting on a park bench :

"My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."


"Put A Little Love In Your Heart" :  written by Jackie DeShannon,

 her brother Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday, it was originally performed by Ms. DeShannon in 1969.

The song went on to be her highest-charting hit in the US.

Annie Lennox and Al Green recorded a version that became the ending theme song to the 1988 film "Scrooged".


"Ain’t No Mountain High Enough" : written in 1966 by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson,

the composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

 The song became Diana Ross' first solo number-one hit (1970) and was nominated for a Grammy Award.


"Days of Wine & Roses" : written by Henry Mancini and by Johnny Mercer,

who received the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the 1962 movie of the same name.

The best-known recordings were by Billy Eckstine and Andy Williams.

Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, Julie London, Perry Como,

Robin Gibb and Tony Bennett are among other top artists who have also released recordings.

 The phrase "days of wine and roses" is originally from the poem "Vitae Summa Brevis"

by the English writer Ernest Dowson (1867–1900) : .

"They are not long, the days of wine and roses:

Out of a misty dream

Our path emerges for a while, then closes

Within a dream."


"… And the Fork ran away with the Spoon." :  is from an English nursery rhyme,

the earliest recorded version printed around 1765 in London in "Mother Goose's Melody".

The rhyme itself may date back to at least the 1500s,

with further references suggesting a thousand or more years.

In early medieval illuminated manuscripts a cat playing a fiddle was a popular image.


‘Book of Hours’, France, Paris, 1480-1500, MS M.179 fol. 44v

Courtesy of Pierpont Morgan Library.



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