ca. 1828, “Beauty Revealed”, [watercolor on ivory], Sarah Goodridge
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Victorian era pickle castor.
Islamic spherical astrolabe, 1480-1481
Inscription: ”Work of Musa. Year 885”, on the sphere.
Oxford, Museum of the History of Science
Astrolabes show the heavenly vault on a flat surface. This is the only complete example of a spherical astrolabe to have come down to us. The rete records the positions of 19 fixed stars.
One of my friends parents offered to pick me up a few saris and pashminas from India if I would send them some photos. Enter pinterest. The next thing I know I’ve spent three hours lusting over fabric.
Tomorrow I will share with you a few of my favorites!
- A seventeenth-century pomander and chain
- A parcel-gilt silver pomander, made in Italy in the 16th century; features a niello inscription
- Pomander, gold filigree, enclosing a ball of ambergris. 1600-1700
- Gold and Silver Pomander, 16th Century***Pomander - a ball made of perfumes, such as ambergris (whence the name),musk, or civet. The pomander was worn or carried in a vase, also known by the same name, as a protection against infection in times of pestilence or merely as a useful article to modify bad smells. The globular cases which contained the pomanders were hung from a neck-chain or belt, or attached to the girdle, and were usually perforated and made of gold or silver. Sometimes they contained several partitions, in each of which was placed a different perfume.
Boy’s cap with triangles and clusters
Egypt, Mamluk Period (1250 - 1517)
coloured silk applied patchwork, quilted, and embroidered with coloured silk; linen lining; silk tassel; with stitching in silk
ca. 1880, [color lithograph advertising card for “Bingham Ventriloquist with Gen. Tom Thumb’s Museum”]
ca. 1900, [Admiral Dewey coin drop game]
“…manufactured during the ‘Deweymania’ surrounding his impressive naval victory over the Spanish Fleet at Manila during the Spanish-American War. George Dewey was welcomed back to America as a hero and it was even suggested that he run for president in 1900 but he decided not to in favor of McKinley’s re-election.”