'ST. VALENTINE'S DAY'
A DAY for THE HEART...
... In All Its 'Radiance'
This Ice Cream-filled Chocolate 'VALENTINE HEART' Radiant With :
An Extraordinary Set of 18 Early Victorian
Silver-Gilt & Bloodstone* Dessert Knives, with 'Irish Interest'
Each Crested for the Family of Hodson, Holybrooke House, Bray, Wicklow, Ireland :
"A dove close azure beaked and membered or holding in her beak an olive branch proper"
George Adams of Chawner & Co, 1841 (17); John & Henry Lias, 1847 (1), London
8.5" Long / 45.9 oz. (Total weight)
A Fine & Rare Set of 12 Fiddle-Thread & Shell Pattern
Silver-Gilt Ice Cream Shovels ,
Each bearing the coronet of a Marquess
Of very heavy gauge silver,
Double struck with three well cast 'escallop shells'**
Elizabeth & John Eaton, London, 1858
5.5” Long / 13.07 oz.
WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY 'SWEET-HEARTS' DAY,
And Many, Many More to come!
(....Along with More, More Chocolate Cake and Your Favorite Ice Cream....)
* Bloodstone is known as a stone of courage.
In ancient times, bloodstones were believed to be magical stones of healing and protection from evil.
Bloodstone is also said to have the power to bring luck, increase self-esteem, selflessness,
intuition and creativity, enhance decision making, and to induce dreams.
And when necessary,
Bloodstone can be called upon to lift one’s spirits,
and even to ease one’s HEART, should it ever be broken.
** The escallop shell has many associations, both religious and secular.
But for today, it is essential to note that the escallop shell is the emblem of
the goddess of LOVE - Venus.
In fact, her birth was depicted by Botticelli as standing upon a large open escallop shell.