Thursday, December 21, 2017

December 21st The Winter Solstice 2017, A-Thomasing Day

Today, December 21st is the Winter Solstice...the shortest day of the year, and the longest night of the year.
Am so glad we will now be turning towards more daylight.
Photo above of Stonehenge....

And today, December 21st is aldo St. Thomas' day in the liurgical calendar which has a tradition, mostly faded away, of "A-Thomasing" in rural agricultural areas. St. Thomas was said to be especially generous to the poor.

Thomasing, also called Gooding and Mumping involved the less fortunate folks in a rural community visiting the better off and being given goods and gifts to celebrate a good Christmas. Although in some areas, only older women and widows participated, in some areas it was more general. One of the derivations of the various Saxon & Norman words used brings us Wassailing, which you probably have heard of, if not Thomasing.

The day is supposed to have been accompanied by carol singing house to house, and many still use December 21st in England as the day to begin caroling around towns and villages

Some of the recorded chants in various villages and counties around England...

In Dorset it was called Christmasing and a note made in Notes and Queries from 1872 records they would ask:
“Please give me something to keep up Christmas or keeping up o’Christmas’
Palmer (2003) in his work on Worcestershire tells us that:
“wives, mothers, and children of all those who worked on the Beckford Estate were expected to call on Mr. King-Ross at Beckford Hall to be given a six penny piece each which was solemnly produced from a leather bag. The recipients, some 40 in number, then went round the back to be given a steaming hot cup of hot coffee and plenty of bread, spread thickly with lovely farm butter."
In Lincolnshire Ethel Rudkin in Lincolnshire folklore records:
“The women of Hemswell used to join together and go around ‘mumping’ to the various houses on St. Thomas’s Day-women who were ashamed to beg – but it was not looked on as begging, but as their due. They were given goods in kind.”
Sutton in her Lincolnshire Calendar notes that in Connisby in 1914:
“Old women would come mumping and mother would give them homemade cakes, half a cake or a whole one sometimes.. They came very early, I was still in bed, before 7 o’clock. They used to sing ‘Here we come a mumping..”
Whilst commonly old women, particularly widows were central to the custom, the men at the time were probably working, a contributor to Fenland Notes and Queries said:
 “old men and old women and even young women pass from house to house begging for alms.”
.A common rhyme was:
“Bud well, bear well, God send spare well, A bushel of apples to give on St. Thomas’s morning”
In Staffordshire a local author notes:
“In the days of the Georges, when red cloaks were commonly worn by the beldames of every parish, it was a usual sight to see, in the grey light of a December, groups of figures bent and withered, going from door to door, wrapped in these curious garments and hear them piping ‘in a childish treble voice; the following rhyme:
“Well a day, well a day, St Thomas goes too soon away, the yiyr goodinf we do pray, For the good time will not stay, St Thomas grey, the longest night and shortest day, please remember St. Thomas’s Day.”
Palmer (1976) notes in Warwickshire the rhyme would go:
“A Christmas gambol oft can cheer, The Poor man’s heart through the year.”
Another Warwickshire chant went:
“Little Cock Robin sat on a wall, We wish you a merry Christmas, and a great snowfall, apples to eat and nuts to crack, we wish you a merry Christmas, with a rap, tap, tap.” This is the chant my husband remembers from growing up in Warwickshire, and has always been a part of our family from Leicester, a large city didn't participate in Thomasing...
In Mansfield they said the following:
Hip-Hip hurray, Saint Thomas’ Day Fetch a bit, And leave a bit, Hip-Hip hurray.”                                          
The food varied in Dorset they:
“Receive substantial pieces or ‘hunks or bread and cheese, bread and meat, or small sums of money.”

The above quotes from different areas are taken from:

Monday, November 27, 2017

Prince Harry Engaged to Marry American

Everyone probably already knows, but Prince Cares formally announced the engagement of his youngest son, Prince Harry to American Meghan Markle this morning. 
Posted on m Facebook page, but forgot to post here!

The couple met on a blind date, introduced by friends.

The ring deatures a Namibian Diamond flanked by 2 from Princess Diana's jewelry, that was inherited by her sons.
The wedding is to be in spring 2018, which will be interesting because William and Catherine are expecting in late April.
Okay...if you didn't know, now you do!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy 70th Wedding Anniversary to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Nonember 20th, 2017 marks the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabsth and Prince Philip who were married on November 20th, 1947.
Above is the official photograph by Matt Holyoak taken for the occasion and released for the date.

70 years is an amazing acheivement! My husband and I are at 44, and that seems like a lifetime spent with my other half.

The Royal Mint is also releasing specially minted coins for the anniversary...

Which is a nice tribute...

One of the official wedding photographs...
there is so much I could tell you about the wedding the dress, etc but it is best seen on the Monarchy website, which is featuring 
70 Facts about The Queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh's Wedding which includes videos form the event. A wonderful compilation...
Click on the photo above to go to the website, or click this link:

Have a lovely Thanksgiving
and don't foret to enjoy a cup of tea with a friend!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

What's New at Time Was Antiques

Just checking in with some of the new items added to Time Was Antiques...

Plate Mason's Oak Polychrome Transfer Embossed Border 6 Inch Side Bread

Edwardian Brooch Pin 9kt Gold Wreath Diamonds Emeralds Pearls Hand Made 1900

Fishing In A Punt Pot And Lid Ceramic Jar St. James's Vintage Hackney 1920s

Art Deco London Blue Topaz Engagement Ring 18K White Gold Estate Hand Pierced

Charles And Diana Royal Wedding Etched Glass Pair Goblets Boxed 1981 Glasses Gift Ready

Ring 14k Gold Natural Jadeite Chinese Apple Green 3 Carats Vintage 1970s Oval Genuine Jade

Shelley Crested China Teapot Yeovil Coat Of Arms England Souvenir 1920s

Earrings Solid 14kt Gold From Antique Cufflink Engraved Starburst Edwardian

Mug King George V And Queen Mary Silver Jubilee 1935 Solian Royal Souvenir

Green Tourmaline Flower Form 1970s Ring 14kt Gold Cluster Engagement Ring Dinner Ring

For more information on any of these items at Time Was on the photos!

Have a wonderful week!









Sunday, October 8, 2017

What's New at Time Was Antiques

I have been adding so many wonderful items to Time Was Antiques, I just have to share them with you!
I have had quite a few messages on my Facebook age requesting it, so here goes!
I hope you enjoy seeing the new treasures!
For info on any of them, click on the photos to go to the item!

Wedgwood England Biscuit Barrel Blue Jasperware Dip Blue 1890s Sacrifice Figures

Etruscan Revival Brooch 22kt Gold Genuine Garnets Pearls 1860s Pin Handmade Pin

Anglo Indian Sadeli Micro Mosaic Jewelry Box Edwardian Era Ruched Velvet Persian

Edwardian Cuff Links Gold Filled Star Cut Rhinestone Centers Pivoting Backs 1900 Downton

Edwardian Wishbone Toast Rack Toast Points For Pate Ball Feet England

Spider Genuine Amber 1930s Signed Russian 8kt Gold Brooch Pin Hand Made USSR

George V And Mary Coronation 1911 Mug Royal Winton Tankard


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.
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