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Hello Aileen and Gail,
I'm very charmed by all the little items you sent! The little roots on the spring onions are a delightful detail - and the little holes in the biscuits. All the cheese is wonderfully realistic. Thank you. Kind regards,
Thank you very much for sending me the missing item. It is lovely! Although I said you didn't have to give me back my money for the wrong item, also thanks! When we see eachother again, I will certainly buy more items from you. With kind regards,
I've just ordered them - Thanks so much
My friend Sara was thrilled to bits with her which arrived beautifully packaged with a lovely Happy Birthday message. The attention to detail is fantastic, and it looks great in her amazing Tudor dolls house! Many thanks, great work!
Dolls House and Miniature Food
It was never solely a rich man's pleasure, but as an enduring symbol of wealth and
prestige its purity has always been strictly controlled and rigorously defended for
over seven centuries; the English hall-
As well as decorative and religious use and display, while not fully understood it was appreciated by apothecaries, surgeons and others tending the sick since the Middle Ages.
In their grand hospital in Valetta, the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem equipped each bed with a silver bowl, cup and spoon. Wealthy families provided silver bottles, spoons, beakers and teething rings for their nurseries in fact, this could be the likely origin of the custom of
giving silver utensils for a baby's christening gift.
Silver was used as a status symbol, people owned it proudly and displayed it ostentatiously whenever possible, from the highest in the land to all but the very poorest; they might only have one small ‘salt' or a spoon or two, but still it was enjoyed as a personal treasure.
For those who owned it in any quantity it was prominently displayed at any significant family or ceremonial occasion when guests or strangers were likely to be present to be suitably impressed. A cup board (literally a board for cups) or buffet was the usual item for displaying any family or guild treasures.
Whether built in or removable, they were stepped shelves the number of which denoted the rank of the host. The Tudor yeoman farmer might only have the top shelf of his cup board, while Henry V111 having a vast collection of silver, and as a monarch or prince was judged by the magnificence of his ‘plate', needed several buffets each of seven stages. (See our article on The Food at the Court of Henry VIII.)
Dressed with gold, silver and silver-
Silver has a universal appeal, lustrous, gleaming, durable, pure without taint, anti-
Charles the 1st needing money in 1664 at the battle of Newark used his dinner plates
and dishes, they were melted down, cut up into crude shillings and used to pay his
troops. For the prosperous merchant and wealthy aristocrat it was bullion, money
in the ‘bank' (house) they were not sentimental about it, when needed, as with Charles,
it was so used, when prosperity returned new pieces were commissioned in the latest