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November 20-day Scavenger Hunt!

November 20-day Scavenger Hunt!

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November 9

Oldest Thing!

Now this is not my oldest thing. I have a Roman coin somewhere, but I have no idea where to look for it at his point. I have lots of old things, because that is what I do - have old things.

I have old books, though an antiquarian would turn up his or her nose at the concept of something being 'old' that post-dates the invention of the printing-press. I have been lectured about this. My favourite of these is Harris' The Principles and Practice of Dentistry, Including Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Therapeutics, Dental Surgery and Mechanism from 1870, which I read until it essentially fell apart. It is massive and was more delicate than I imagined. I also have Nietzsche's The Dawn of Day from 1863. It is now usually translated as Daybreak. There are many books of the Old West, as I needed them for my research on John Holliday. There are some 19th century books on gambling and magic, and some on the French Revolution, though I on. There are the Elsie Dinsmore books from the time of the Civil War, though I sold most of them in an early pique of poverty. There are others, including a huge collection of British Boarding School Stories from the 20s and 30s.

I have also collected Victorian relics, largely American, again for the sake of John Holliday. These include, among other things, my silver flask, my pocket watch (seen earlier,) silver mechanical pencils, opera glasses, a chain coin bag, several pairs of spats, and other gentlemen's ephemera. Notably there is a de-registered 1859 ring-triggered double-action boot revolver, apparently a Webley. It is not a 'gun' any more because it is so old they don't even make the ammunition any more. There is also a set of six waistcoat buttons, gold and decreasing in size, from the time of the Civil War. I have many of these things as they are often inexpensive as they appear enigmatic, and in adition, I have many of my grandmother's things, including some from her uncle, her mother, and even some 'significant' ribbons from her father (my great grandfather Egon.) I do not know why they are significant, but he was involved with the old Scandinavian religions and they are something to do with these. I have a lock of his mother's (my great great grandmother's) hair and those of others.

But this is the oldest thing I have, apart from the lost coin. It is an engraving by Gerard Edelinck of Rubens' drawing of the centrepiece of Leonardo Da Vinci's lost painting, The Battle of Anghiari. This portion is called The Battle for the Standard.

It is likely from the late 1600s, and though it is not worth anything, because it is an engraving, there is also one in the British Museum. You cannot see it in the photo, but the detail is amazing. You can kind of see it here. Though this is not my copy, it is likely identical. This is the picture that I stared at during 'church' every Sunday of my childhood, thinking which soldier I would be - until my mother banished all the antiques to the basement in favour of Danish Modern teak and Post-Impressionist Canadian artists. She was an art history professor before she retired, but I favour the neo-classicists and the historical pre-Raphaelites, as well as Art Deco. Probably this is my grandmother's influence. My parents (likely my father) bought this engraving at an auction in Britain for $10 long ago when antiques were just 'old stuff.'

first posted to my dreamwidth account.
  • Interesting. I love little Sevvie in this picture =)

    You have a fascinating collection of things. And i think i'm beginning to understand your pursuit of objects that help you connect to John Holliday. Something similar is happening in to me in my quest to understand the mind of Giacomo Casanova. I'll probably write about it on LJ later, though for now i have a test for which i should be studying... =\
    • Aw, thank you. Did I give you my John Holliday journal? He's special for so many reasons. I will still write that book someday.

      I saw David Tennant's Casanova movie. It was really cool. He's awesome. Even as Barty. I like your interest.

      Best test wishes!
  • That looks striking - no pun intended! Are Sevvie and Reggie imagining which soldier they would be? (Or perhaps Reggie is imagining himself as one of the stallions?)
    • Sevvie is wondering which soldier he would be. Reggie is just sitting with Little Sevvie. As long as they are together he is happy. This is because he is a sheep. <3 Little Sevvie hopes Reggie is the one on the right under the shield so he will not be hurt.
  • You are the only person apart from my mother who has ever heard of Elsie Dinsmore! I shall have to tell her.

    Have you noticed how in any given Renaissance battle scene there is a horse front and centre grinning stupidly at the camera and going "Hi Mum!!!"?
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