Category Archives: 19th century

Mumbles and scraps (Objects 170-171)

Today’s objects are some sketches that I assume came from the 19th century residents of Llwyn Derw House, as featured in the previous post. The clue is in the inscriptions: in the charming pen and ink sketch above, the carriage’s … Continue reading

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House of Mystery, with a heart of oak (object no.169)

This oil painting of a country house used to hang in our much humbler family home, from the time Mum inherited it from Auntie in 1971, until her own death 30 years later. Prior to that it had hung on … Continue reading

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Gilt trip (object 60 revisited)

This Regency mirror may look familiar to regular readers of this blog. It looks quite different to how it did last time it featured here, in this post from 2012, although the view reflected in the convex looking-glass remains the … Continue reading

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Silver lining: Object 28 revisited

Back in January, I posted the news that my flat had been broken into and I had lost some precious family items. Adding insult to injury,  the thieves had smashed up this family heirloom  in order to get at some … Continue reading

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Eaton round (Object 126)

Here’s another intriguing 200-year-old object from the Usmeum for which I have no story. Fitting neatly into the palm of my closed hand, it is a perfectly round box, 1 inch high and 2 inches across, made of a pale … Continue reading

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Two centuries of freedom (Object 125)

In the above photograph my youngest niece, Alice, holds in her hands one of the most interesting objects in the Usmeum. It was recently unearthed in a box at the regional branch (Brother 2’s house) and transferred here, where it … Continue reading

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Poetic justice (Object 116)

Tonight is Burns Night, always a big event in our family (about which I have already written, here and there). My Dad  adored Burns and could recite even the longer poems, such as Tam O’Shanter, from memory. We always had … Continue reading

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