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IMG_E1158Tiny little Uranium Glass bowl, stunning isn’t it?

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This is the same bowl but in daylight, surprising eh!

Very deceiving some things, the first picture was taken under a UV or Black Light, which shows the uranium that they mixed into the molten glass.  And well over a hundred years old, Victorian right down to its frilly feet.

The story goes that experimenting to find a good green colour the glass makers chanced upon this lovely yellow and the Victorians loved it and bear in mind that they didn’t have UV lights they bought it for its cheery colour.

It was/is called Pearline and people collect it now for its uranium glow and have cabinets made with lighting so that they can sit and admire the green glow.

We are often asked if it will make a geiger counter click, and yes it will but really only as much as…

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I am having a bit of a melt down about on-line shopping.  Not that I am trying to buy from Mappin and Webb’s Christmas advert in 1907, although maybe that would be easier!

Why are some site’s so clunky and difficult to navigate?  I know that I am not very good at this but for goodness sake, I need simple.

We ordered Duvets from The Woolroom and it was easy and they are great and on the strength of that have ordered two more things, one to be delivered to a different address and it was all simple and straightforward and they arrived and it was good.  And I would heartily recommend their service and goods.

And in other news, my stationery order is – who knows where!  My new handbag has vanished! And as for my Groceries – huh!

And my Daughter tells me that she can’t understand what the problem is.

I can, it is me!

 

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This picture is from 1872 American Magazine titled Harper’s Weekly.  Predominately American but the articles in it cover the whole world and this print is from a series of about London.  Things haven’t changed a whole lot it appears.

These pictures of London were by Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold, who co-operated to produce and publish a controversial, in the eyes of the Establishment, book about London.  The ‘Worthies’ of society felt that the book focused too much on the poverty and vulgarity of the City.

See any parallels here?

Out of sight, out of mind!

There was then it seems,  just as now plenty of injustice and poverty to comment upon.

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However they drew and published what they saw, and to be even handed, although I haven’t put any of the pictures of the Upper Classes in this post, they put them all in their book.

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1872, not that long ago in terms of Generations, it appears that our Civilisation hasn’t moved on greatly since our Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers time.

What a terrible shame!

And I am ashamed of us.

 

 

IMG_E1158Tiny little Uranium Glass bowl, stunning isn’t it?

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This is the same bowl but in daylight, surprising eh!

Very deceiving some things, the first picture was taken under a UV or Black Light, which shows the uranium that they mixed into the molten glass.  And well over a hundred years old, Victorian right down to its frilly feet.

The story goes that experimenting to find a good green colour the glass makers chanced upon this lovely yellow and the Victorians loved it and bear in mind that they didn’t have UV lights they bought it for its cheery colour.

It was/is called Pearline and people collect it now for its uranium glow and have cabinets made with lighting so that they can sit and admire the green glow.

We are often asked if it will make a geiger counter click, and yes it will but really only as much as most if not all of every day things, one of the examples used is a carrot, or even ourselves, almost everything does!

A strange and horrifying story goes like this – A woman had a  huge collection of glass collected over a lifetime, hundreds of pieces.  One day she learnt about Uranium in glass and after a few days she sent a message to her fellow glass collectors – We, my husband and I have cleared out all of the Dangerous Uranium glass – we took a dustbin around and smashed every piece so that it could no longer be a danger to us or our family!

The outcry was such that the site that she messaged crashed and it took several days for things to calm back down to normal.  She must have destroyed a fortunes worth of antique glass all because of ignorance!

If there was that much uranium in glass maybe Governments should be powering space ships with it, and they aren’t.

This proves to me that a ‘little knowledge can be a dangerous thing’ and that not everything is maybe as it first seems.

‘Thinking’ may be the way forward!

 

 

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I really like this little Carnival Glass jug.  It was made by Brockwitz, Germany and the pattern is called ‘Curved Star, and it has floated around our kitchen table for the last couple of months.  It is bright and cheery and use-able but chipped as you can see and that is why it hasn’t been put away.

We have a box for things that are damaged, every now and again we put them out the front of our Antique stall, marked A/F – As Found! And sell a few, usually at a loss but I feel that it would be a shame to throw away a thing that is over a hundred years old and still fit for purpose.

I think what I am saying is – things don’t have to be perfect!  And following that thought we are all different, people don’t all have to be ‘uniform’ and the same.

For goodness sake be tolerant of each other, which one of us can say that we are perfect!

Just saying!

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So having finally gotten around to remembering to write, if not spell I thought that I should perhaps keep the momentum going, at least for a while.

The weather is horridly grey and rainy today, so jobs indoors for us.  We have finally worked out some sort of system for cataloguing all of our Carnival Glass.  At our current rate of progress it will take about 12 months I reckon!

And a little excitement in our ‘Lockdown’ lives today, we have to go to the Opticians, normally a chore, today an expedition into a strange new world.

It is good to get out again into the real world albeit carefully.  It is not good for us old people to get to insular in our safe little bubble.  It tends to make for tunnel vision, a common thing in people who don’t get out there much.

Take the Carnival Glass bowl in the picture on this post.  It is called ‘Brooklyn Bridge’, the people that made it over a hundred years ago made the first few batches without the inscription between the Airship and the Bridge.

They knew that it was Brooklyn Bridge and the glass bowl made for the 25th Anniversary of its building.  They only had to look out of the window and the bridge was there.  It wasn’t until someone said ‘Well what bridge is that then’? That it occurred to them not everyone knew what it was, so they changed the moulds and now the writing says “Brooklyn Bridge”.

But what a perfect example of living in a bubble, you have to live in the whole world not just in your own little circle.  Otherwise you tend to miss the obvious, and a lot of life and what is the point in that!

Although, actually because they did it then, even for just a short while, if you ever find one of the original bowls without the words, it would probably be worth a fortune now!

 

 

 

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Morning,  Long time – No write!

You would have thought that being old and locked down due to plague for months that I would have had spare time to sit here and write a few lines a day but truly since the first few weeks of ‘lockdown’ I have been so busy, just don’t ask me for a breakdown of what with.

The first few weeks, were a sort of a living nightmare, we just couldn’t believe what was happening and then in our little safe bubble, in a way we began to think of ‘us and them’.  We ranted at the radio and TV but got on with our lives, albeit in a shrunken world.

Terrible news came and made us weep, the virus crept close and threatened those that we loved and altered the patterns of our friendships and even our family events but we in our little island, carefully built around us by our family stay safe.  And in the slowed down world filled our days with different sorts of things, a reflection almost, from our long ago childhood lives a different slower world then

Forced to change, we garden and cook and read, and sort and have found what is important to us now.

Don’t misunderstand, we miss our old Antiquing lives, standing Fairs, we miss travelling and we miss all the friends that we have made along the way and the friends that we haven’t met yet.  And when we can we will stand Antique Fairs again because we miss that part of our lives.

But we have learnt to be more relaxed about life and take small pleasures as they come.

I am sorting my old newspapers, I have hundreds, from 1800-ish up to the Millennium, so for the picture heading I have chosen a nice cheery headline.

Part of my busy – is that we are selling online, a steep learning curve for a technophobe.  We are part of an online Antique Co-operative. #MidcenturyandAntiqueUKCooperative and on my own selling page on Facebook #SuegrayAntiquesandCollectables, might like to take a look.  There are beautiful things, not all mine, other Dealers and friends.

I have a little list and I am hoping to win the lottery then maybe I can fill some of the spaces that I have made in my house over the last few months will be filled again with some lovely things!

 

 

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A very sweet Victorian picture, Randolph Caldecott was mainly known for his book illustrations and this book was published 3 years before he died and he was better known for his children’s book illustrations, and a member of the RA.

As with all my books this one is a little tatty, mind you it is a good few years old!  but it is complete and the inside clean and legible and truly delightful.

It is amazing what a good nights sleep will do for a woman – today I feel almost human, And the sun is ‘shinning’ a family joke, shining and I was going to say ‘All is well with the world’ (Pippa’s Song) however it is not but on a day like today I feel that for our children and grandchildren it might be one day.

So having drunk my coffee I am off to get on with the day, keep well out there.

It is 10 past five – in the morning!

I have been wide awake for about 2 hours now, this insomnia seems to be part of the strange new world that we have all had to get used to over the last few months.

And this is really the first time that I have felt the urge to write again on my Blog.

It has all seemed so overwhelming and pointless and weird and strange and to be honest I am not sure why I am feeling that today I can write.  Perhaps I just need to empty my brain out and this is a way to do it.

In spite of the fact that we are old, in the real world of ‘before’ we were usually quite busy.  We ‘wheel and deal’ in the Antique world and that usually keeps us on the move.

Normally we have a routine of no routine and travel around from Fair to Fair, selling and buying and meeting up with friends and acquaintances and in between meeting up with our loved ones and never dreaming that our lives and everyone else’s would be tipped upside down in this way.

And now under ‘Lock Down’ our lives have become just us really and a routine of not sleeping, getting up late, eating too much, etc.  The normal of now!

We walk almost everyday, sometimes only as far as the bench just down the road and occasionally down to the village and back, sadly we are not as fit as we were.

The Pokemon that the Grandchildren put on my phone has become my constant companion, he counts in many ways,  how far we walk each day.  I suppose I could just have a pedometer but actually a Pokemon is rather like having a pet dog, without the loose hair and the Poo Bags.  That’s him in the picture above, the more you walk with him the cheekier he gets and now demands treats and sometimes runs away and hides.  You can tell I like him can’t you?  ‘Second childhood’ I hear you mutter, too right!

We have recently become involved in the ‘Virtual World’ and are part of an On-Line Antique Co-operative and every few weeks we will stand a Virtual Fair.  My mind is ‘boggling’ at the amount of learning I have had to do regarding the technicalities of it all.

The house and my brain are in the same kind of chaos.  My days are increasingly filled with unpacking stock and working out how to get it into ‘Virtuality’  in the right place, at the right time and now we have decided that we need to do little video cameo’s, interesting facts to inter-space between the selling items.  Another steep learning curve.

And my daughter, my go to rescuer, deems that I have to do ‘Tags’ and on occasion ‘Hash Tags’ and other complicated things.

It is time that I shut up and went away but before I go I am just going to try one of those things that she insists I need to know.

@MidcenturyAndAntiquesUKCooperative, Maybe it will work and we will all end up in the same place, maybe not!

 

 

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I am practising this morning, photography and I am discovering that it is really hard to take good pictures of large old books, this one is dated 1907.

On May 8th/ 9th we are going to ‘stand’ with many other dealers, a virtual Antique Fair.

@Virtual Midcentury Antique and Collectors Fair.

Lyn Chapman has created this event for Midcentury and Antique UK Co-operative, basically because we Dealers are all going ‘stir crazy’ under the lock down and who knows when we will get back to standing proper Fairs!

Hence the importance of taking good pictures of our goods.

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Bound copies of The Sphere dated 5th October to 29th December 1907, in good condition, not mint, but sound binding and complete.

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And some great adverts!  I couldn’t resist this one, in light of President Trumps latest gaffe – perhaps this is where he got his information.  Don’t do it!!!!!

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And in the December issues some really great seasonal articles for children and grown-ups.

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And a ‘catch-up of the year as always at the end of December.

It is quite hard to choose which pictures to post, there are news items and celebrities and politicians and disasters and wonderful adverts, I am spoilt for choice really.

And I am hoping that there are enough little snippets here to tempt someone to think that they might love to own this book, you never know.  £75 plus carriage, postage really but ‘carriage’ sounds right for the date.

And if there are any Antique and Collectable Dealers out there who are interested in joining in please contact us, and get photographing.