Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Birthday Prince Harry

Today, September 15th, is Britain's Prince Harry's 33rd birthday, having been born in 1984

The younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, following older brother William...

Prince Harry has had a military career, serving in Afghanistan and is actively involved now in supporting the royal family as the Queen, his grandmother ages.

He is close to his father and is said to be about to be engaged...
He is a great supporter of the Invictus Games for wounded military personnel and the Sentebale Trust conservation activities in Africa.

Harry lives as Kensington Palace, London as does his brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Happy Birthday Harry!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fun Item From Time Was Antiques Archive: Grimwades Bleriot Pie Vent Divider

From our archives at Time Was Antiques... and you will never guess what we sold it for in 2008.... and is hardly ever seen...

This is a VERY RARE Grimwades, England pie funnel and pie divider combination kitchen gadget with an art deco design.

The Bleriot Pie Divider was made by Grimwades, Stoke-on-Trent England who were soon to be associated with Royal Winton. The pie vent and pie divider combo is glazed ceramic and measures 4 inches high by 6.5 inches long by 3 inches wide and was made 1909-1920. The patent registry date is on the piece for 1909. The Grimwades Bleriot Pie Divider was part of the Hygenic Kitchen and Tableware division of Grimwades, Ltd. And is a great piece of antique kitchenalia.

These pie funnel, pie vent or pie bird with a pie divider to serve 2 different types of filling in the same pie are extremely rare, especially in this condition. The Grimwades Bleriot Pie Divider is in very good +++ condition with no cracks and only a teeny, tiny spot on the spout rim and a small shallow chip on the base rim. There was a bit of discoloration because this pie vent and divider was used and cherished.

 The Bleriot Pie Divider is pictured with original patent schematic on page 38 of Collectibles For The Kitchen, Bath and Beyond by Bercovici et al. Cool!

The Grimwades Bleriot Pie divider was a great addition to someone's pie funnel, pie bird collection, kitchenalia or kitchen gadget cache or Royal Winton Grimwades collection.
And the price it sold for in 2008??? 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Commemorating Princess Diana...20 years after her death

The night of August 30 to 31st, 1997, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris, an event that shocked the world into mourning.

I don't think there was a dry eye as her sons followed her coffin during her funeral...

William, Harry and Kate visited what used to be the sunken garden at Kensington of our favorite places in the grounds...which is now the Princess Diana Memorial Garden. To see more of that, click the link below...I was unable to embed it so you can see it here on the blog...

There have been many documentaries in the last few weeks to commemorate this sad anniversary...some good, some bad, some sensationalizing. The People's Princess has become a figure of myth almost, and this date just needed to be commemorated and remembered.
From our archives, some of the many memorial items that we had on Time Was Antiques...such a feeling that we all needed something tangible to remember her by....

Friday, August 4, 2017

Queen Mum's Birthday, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Windsor


August 4, 1900 was the birthdate of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, wife of King George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II and affectionately known as the Queen Mum

This photo was apparently taken in the 1970s of the Queen Mum with her 2 daughters Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose
 The Queen Mother died at Windsor at age 102 in 2002

Brought back to a new generation by the movie The King's Speech, Elizabeth's role in the monarchy was an important one. 
Born in Hitchin to the Earl and Countess of Strathmore, she apparently refused Albert, the Duke of York and the future George VI, 3 times, not wanting to be in court life.
 But they were married in 1923, and had the 2 princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret

 In 1937, after Albert's elder brother King Edward VIII abdicated to marry American divorcee' Wallis Simpson, Albert became King George VI and she, Queen Elizabeth

Elizabeth was a tireless supporter of her husband and the GBP or Great British Public, during World War II earning her the heart of the people.
She refused to move from Buckingham Palace, made frequent tours of goodwill and support to bombed areas and quipped about Buckingham Palace being bombed as well. There were also the famous black lines in the Buckingham Palace bathtubs because water rationing was in force elsewhere in London.

On her husband's untimely death on February 6, 1952, she was became the supporter of her daughter, now Queen Elizabeth II. She was affectionately nicknamed The Queen Mum...both my family and my husband's always referred to her as that, and we grew up with that....

Her legacy lives on now...Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was recently seen wearing the Papyrus or Lotus Tiara...

The piece was produced by royal jewellers Garrard & Co in 1923 at the request of the Queen Mother using the diamonds and pearls from a wedding gift. The pearls were from her mother in law Queen Mary.

A wonderful legacy and a wonderful personality.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter!

  July 28th is the 151st anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth...born on July 28, 1866 and beloved of many!

Her books and characters are still favorites of adults and children all around the world. I had them in the kindegarten class I taught, and the children loved them!

My favorite character is Mrs. Tiggy-winkle...I guess that's why I have always been so thrilled to come across a hedgehog on our English visits...although the sightings diminished as the years passed...especially when staying with our niece how has rescued racing greyhounds...

Her illustrations were so cute! You have to go a long way to find someone as talented...I couldn't begin to do a post that honors her work enough. 

This is her home in Cumbria called Hilltop, which is a wonderful and evocative place to visit...
The photo is from the National Trust who maintains the property... 
so a happy birthday to a beloved figure in most homes, a a joyous reminder of childhood for many, including me!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Prince George's 4th Birthday July 22, 2017 Happy Birthday!

Happy 4th Birthday to Prince George, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine....

This photo by Chris Jackson from Getty Images is so cute! 

It has been fun watching him grow up...from birth...

to toddler...this photo is by Mario Testino, a favorite royal photographer...

to this week when he turns 4 and spent time in Poland and Germany with his parents... 

during which he looked decidedly underwhelmed by all the proceedings,

although this moment in Germany was probably the hit of the trip for him... 

Time Was Antiques still has a few Birth Of Prince George English bone china mugs available...
click on the photos...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

UK Royal Swan Upping Starts Monday July 17, 2017 Happy Birthday Camilla

This is a weekend, starting July 17th, is  the start of the five-day ‪ Royal and annual Swan Upping ceremony in the English rivers around the Thames...

The ceremony, led by The Queen's Swan Marker is responsible for an annual count and health evaluation of the Queen's swans....
The historic ceremony dates back to the 12th Century, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans.

In the Swan Upping ceremony, the Swan Markers identify, weigh, and health check cygnets or baby swans before releasing them. The Swan Upper advises organisations throughout the UK on swan welfare, and works with fishing and boating organisations, helping them work with existing wildlife and maintaining the swans' natural habitat.

Children from local schools are invited every year to watch the ceremony so they too can learn how to protect the local swan population.  We were in the area one year during the Swan-upping on one of our annual UK visits, and quite a few folks were present to see it. These photos are from the UK Press Assoc.   For more info, click on the links below:

English traditions are always wonderful, and so interesting, don't you think? 

And adding that July 17th is the 70th birthday  of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wife of Prince Charles. 

This birthday portrait was just released by Clarence House, and was done by the favorite Royal family photographer, Mario Testino.

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