We are amused. Automata, clockwork models that could perform for guests at the wind of a key, were the after-dinner entertainment of the Victorian era. A late Victorian papier-mâché model of a Boston terrier, complete with working growler, attracted strong bidding at Sworders’ bi-weekly Homes and Interiors auction on Tuesday 16 October. Probably made by the French toy manufacturing company Roullet & Decamps, well known for their automata and walking and moving dolls and toys, the mechanical terrier was consigned to sale by a seller local to Sworders’ Stansted Mountfitchet auction rooms. It sold for £1,353 including premium.
I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE. I was going to caption this "Home, sweet home" after being back from TN but I have to confess I'm hardly ever here... I love my character, Victorian style apartment but I have to admit I spend the majority of my time at my boyfriend's apartment.
I've had this place for 2 years now and it is the best, cheapest apartment with character you will find. It is very homey to me but home now is where he is, it is a feeling. It's coming "home" (Landon's place) to his favorite dish to cook, spicy turkey pasta with garlic cheese bread and a night of dateline and 48 hours reruns.
I still love styling my place obviously and will continue to style the heck out of it for as long as I have it 😊
We were busy! At 31 Duncan Ave. This McGinley Square stunner hit the market this past weekend and the open house was a success. Meticulously well maintained turn-of-the-century Victorian single-family row house on one of Jersey City's sought after tree-line blocks of McGinley Square. This exceptionally unique property offers a fully landscaped front yard, (2) off street parking spaces, three levels of light with 5 bedrooms, two full and 2 half bathrooms, a full basement/sauna/laundry area , a front porch, a rear deck + bbq area that extends off the kitchen and a landscaped private garden. Gorgeous original details include parquet wood floors, double entry doors, original wood moldings, exposed beams/dining room, Stained Glass Clear Beveled Windows, crystal door knobs. ... top floor offers a view of The Empire State Building. Minutes to shops, restaurants, and close to Journal Square Path for quick commute to NYC. •Asking $699k•
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Hammer is the first book by Sara Stockbridge. Her name may be familiar depending on what lights you've lived your life by: she has a long term association with Vivienne Westwood and it was her who modelled all those corsets and mini-crinis. She was also a familiar face on tv in the 90s, possibly most memorably as the handmaid that anoints Rimmer with oil when he is trapped in his own psyche in an episode of Red Dwarf.😊
Therefore, I looked forward to the publication of Hammer (in 2009, cough) greatly, as I thought it's author probably appreciated the same things as I did stylistically, and was hugely intrigued as to what her novel would be like. I wasn't disappointed, and this book became a fast favourite from that time.
Set in the seedy Victorian underworld of pickpockets and prostitutes, this has a real penny dreadful type of feel to it, but also a huge amount of heart. The central character, Grace Hammer, East End pickpocket with an unfortunate soft spot for unreliable men, lives happily with her tribe of children. Little does she know her past is racing to catch up with her - vengeance for a ruby necklace, stolen years ago. Her and her family's fate are also intertwined with a series of brutal, Ripper style murders taking place very close to her front door...
There is a degree of suspense and thriller to this novel, but there is also a great deal of dark humour. Grace's exploits as a mother are immediately sympathetic as are her wickedly funny and likeable children: Charlie, Billy, Jake and Daisy. Instantly recognisable as a bunch of smart mouthed Dickensian urchins, with hearts of gold, they are still undoubtedly some of my favourite book characters, even 10 years after my first read of this.