The comments I have received are mostly of amazement at the very ordinariness of the gifts. The same sort of things you or I might have received...although not 1,000+. And the biggies were probably not part of the exhibit at St. James Palace in London where I got this gift catalog I am sharing from So.... Some of the photos are from the stock past or present of my website Time Was Antiques and several are courtesy of Google.com.
80. a pair of pillowcases Northern Ireland
81. a silver toothpaste tube key USA
82. a photograph album Australia
83. Austrian lead crystal paperwieght London
84. a "Good Luck" black cat West Midlands
85. a large Wedgwood mug Surrey
88. 2 crochet mats Yorkshire
91. a Goblin radio Teasmade USA
97. a fleet of model ships in case Hampshire
99. a hand knitted donkey toy London
103. an ashtray with photo of hot air balloon London
105. a Spode Derby plate Wiltshire
108. a leather case of needles Warwickshire
109. a breadboard and loaves in shapes Hampshire
112-128 various prints, paintings and sketches various
139. a Herend cache pot Winchester
148. nine Lalique crystal ashtrays Kenilworth
153. a pair of glass sparrows Norfolk
154. a fishing reel in a velvet case Scotland
158. a rag doll made by donor Gloucestershire
160. Herend porcelain breakfast set Monaco
171 a Spode breakfast set for two Hampshire
172 a pair of brass wall lights London
173 tartan travelling rug Isle Of Man
175 a leather waste paper basket London
177 a pair of bellows London
179. 2 china mice Hampshire
188. a silver toast rack London
194. 2 sets of Spode cups and saucers City of Stoke-on-trent
198. a Royal Copenhagen stag figurine Kings Lynn
199. small Wedgwood cameo of the Prince Regent Sussex
200. a leather traveling address book France
Okay...that's enough for the moment. A very mixed bag!
To change gears, in honor of St. Patrick's Day I want to share several items of Irish Belleek eggshell porcelain with shamrock patterns from Time Was Antiques. I just love them and their luster finish is lovely.
Aren't they lovely? For more info on the Belleek, click on the photos.
I plan to cook my corned beef tomorrow after soaking it to get rid of some of the extra salt. Then I will do half the cooking time tomorrow in the crock pot and finish on Thursday with potatoes,cabbage, onions and carrots. A favorite St. Patrick's Day meal. Hope you enjoy an Irish flare this week.
And on the news front of the fast approaching wedding of William and Kate, the music was announced today. You can read more about that at this link:
Royal Wedding music
Have a great day...and in the words of a vintage Irish tea towel we sold recently"
May You be in Heaven Half An Hour
Before The Devil Knows Your Dead.