|So tiny and lovely|
When I found it, I was actually looking for something else on Ebay. I don’t remember what, because as soon as I saw this I basically dropped everything and ran in little circles shrieking with delight. It’s adorable! It’s perfect! And it has his name on it!
No seriously, how amazing is that? I mean, it’s not like his name is Epaphroditus or Aloisius or something. Richard is a good, normal name that’s been around a while, but I know very few people who just stumble across lovely antiques that basically say “buy me; I belong to you! (or your boyfriend)”
Also, it was the first thing I’d showed him that got “I love it!” as a reaction. Clearly he has impeccable taste in antiques.
According to folks more knowledgeable than I am, it’s a Georgian piece that dates probably to about 1820ish. It’s made of pinchbeck, which is a type of brass (copper and zinc) mixed to look like gold. Personally, I can’t tell the difference! The stamping surface is black glass with teeny-tiny letters stamped or engraved into the surface.
|I'm running out of things to say...|
So, all in all I'm really thrilled with this little guy, and I'm looking forward to getting Rich a pocket watch so he can actually use it. Of course, I then have to make the clothes with the pockets for the pocket watch...oh boy!