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Fragment of Carved Rail 

English, c.1530

Short section of a rail, pierced and carved with running motif of artichokes. Possibly from a bed rail -- artichokes were aphrodisiacs! In 1576, Dr. Bartolomeo Boldo wrote, “It has the virtue of . . . Provoking Venus for both men and women; for women making them more desirable, and helping the men who are in these matters rather tardy.” We know that Henry VIII grew them. Waxed English surface with dark honey color, perfect for wherever you want to hang it!

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yf151

 

Chamberstick 

French or English, 1700-25

Seamed, straight-sided socket with extraction hole, peen-riveted to the base. Handle with heart-shaped cut out. Good lathe-turning marks on underside. "5" (?) engraved on handle. Heavy casting. It's plain, simple, early -- and as right as rain. We found a good thing! Prov: from a meticulously curated private New England collection.

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zb521

 

Cordial Glass 

English, c.1730

Plain but beautifully proportioned. Folded foot. Often used by ladies for cordial at the tea table when it may have loosened tongues a bit more than tea on its own!

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wj57

 

Alms Bowl 

Dutch or Germanic, late medieval

Remarkable bowl, showing the Lamb and Flag. The lamb was the Agnus Dei, Jesus Christ who died for our sins shwn with a graphic spear wound bleeding into a communion chalice. The flag stood for the Resurrection.

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yi1531

 

Cup Salt 

English, 1700-25

Attractive small salt of cup form, not the more common pedestal form (see Markham, fig 66, p.90). Wriggle-work decoration. No touchmarks. Unpolished, with a slight glow (close-up of wriggle-work brightened). If you eat M&Ms, here's where to keep them, if you don't….

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yj151

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