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Objects, Antiquities & Curiosities

The Victorians loved "cabinets of curiosities." Many Victorians were avid collectors - of foreign "curiosities" gathered on the "Grand Tour," of antiquities, and of natural items such as bones and shells. Victorian magazines carried many features about such "curiosities". This section looks at curiosities and at everyday items. For information on how various items were made in Victorian and pre-Victorian times, see the How It Was Made section. For information on scientific and technological developments, see the Science & Technology section. For archaeological discoveries and antiquities, see the Archaeology section.


HOUSEHOLD OBJECTS

Lampiana: An Idyll of Lamps and Shades, by Dora de Blaquière (GOP 1891)
A look at "modern" oil lamps, how to care for a lamp, and how to make lamp and candle shades.

HISTORIC CURIOSITIES

The Hourglass, by S.F.A. Caulfield (GOP 1896)
Kate Kennedy's Bell (GOP 1901)
The origins of the bell in the college chapel of St. Andrew's University in Scotland.
An Old Castle and Its Sundials (GOP 1902)
Sun-dials, by S.F.A. Caulfield (GOP 1892)

INTERNATIONAL CURIOSITIES

The Carved Woodwork of Brittany, by Helen Marion Burnside (GOP 1891)
Concerning Some Small Bags, by Mrs. Jerome Mercier (GOP 1900)
The Japanese Fan, by Nancy Gleeson White (GOP 1894)
My Museum of Eastern Curios, by Mrs. Eliza Brightwen (GOP 1900)
Venetian Glass, by George E. Fox (GOP 1885)

CLOTHING, TEXTILES & EMBROIDERY

All About Gloves, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1892)
Dresses of Strange Material, by Raymond T. Reid (GOP 1896)
Dresses of glass, asbestos, and spider silk.
The Kells Embroideries, by Dora de Blaquière (GOP 1886)
Samplers, Past and Present, by Dora de Blaquière (GOP 1882)

GEMS & JEWELRY

The Adventures of a Big Diamond (GOP 1897)
The history of the "Regent" diamond.
Venetian Beads, by Frank Hird (GOP 1896)

SYMBOLS, EMBLEMS, INSIGNIA & HERALDRY

The Flags of Our Empire, by Dora de Blaquière and S.F.A. Caulfield (GOP 1893)
The Names of Houses, by Dora de Blaquière (GOP 1896)

MISCELLANY

The Aniline Colors (GOP 1884)
A look at the uses, origins, and some of the problems with the "new" aniline dyes.
Bookplates (GOP 1896)
Beautiful illustrations of book-plates from various periods.
Gondolas, by Helen Zimmern (GOP 1895)
The Harpsichord Revival, by Frederick Crowest (GOP 1901)
Our Doll Competition (GOP 1894, 1895)
Lovely illustrations of dolls from the GOP's doll-dressing competitions.
The Silver Spoon Craze, by Dora de Blaquière (GOP 1897)
On the fad for collecting souvenir spoons in the US and Canada.

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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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