Pewter feeding bottle of a type common in England, France and Holland
from 1600 to 1800. Perfect specimens of these flasks are becoming
extremely rare on account of their use in modern times as feeders for
lambs, with consequent destruction of the nipple. -- Infant Feeding Devices
Ben Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette , like any good eighteenth-century document, makes liberal use of the "long s" -- the one that looks like an f -- amusingly in this case. The difference between a long s and an f is that the cross-stroke doesn't go all the way through the s.
hand painted Chinese wallpaper discovered in a carpenter’s loft has
been restored and re-hung in a bedroom at Harewood House in Yorkshire
together with furniture of the period.
remarkable discovery was made in 1988, when the carpenter’s workshop on
the estate was being cleared. Beneath the rubble were extraordinary
rolls of wallpaper made in China in the eighteenth century, which had
travelled across the world to Harewood to be hung in 1769. . . .
The wallpaper shows idealised scenes of Chinese life in great detail and in colours that would have been stunning at the time.
“It is possibly one of the best examples of Chinese wallpaper anywhere
in the world,” added Allyson [McDermott, a wallpaper conservator]. “The colours are wonderful and the
quality of painting extraordinary. What Harewood has is something
wonderful and unique”.
The paper was made in Canton China in the mid eighteenth
century and probably came back on a ship of the East India Company and
the original owners of the Harewood estate, the Lascelles family, have
a connection with the East India Company.
Edwin Lascelles, who was building Harewood in the 1760s and 1770s, had
a younger brother, Henry, who was a captain on one of the East India
Company ships and it is possible that it was he who brought the
wallpaper back for Edwin.
The full effect of standing in a room surrounded by this magnificent design from so long ago must be awe inspiring. Here's a small photo of the restored room:
The Physicians, though they cry out so much against Cooks and
Cookery, yet are but Cooks themselves; with this difference only - the Cook’s Pudding lengthens life - the Physician’s shortens it: so that we live and die by pudding - For what is an Enema but a Bag Pudding - a Pill but a Dumpling - a Medication but a Tanzy, though not altogether so toothsome. -- Henry Carey (1687-1743)
Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) was said to
have been born a slave on a ship crossing the Atlantic from Africa to
the West Indies. Although this is now thought to be unlikely, his
origins were African while his earliest memories were of Greenwich,
near London, where he was forced to work as a child slave. He persuaded
the powerful Montagu family to employ him as their butler, before
retiring to run a grocery shop in Westminster. He composed music,
appeared on the stage, and entertained many famous figures of literary
and artistic London. The first African we know of to vote in a British
election, he wrote a large number of letters which were collected and
published in 1782, two years after his death. He was thought of in his
age as "the extraordinary Negro", and to eighteenth-century opponents
of the slave trade he became a symbol of the humanity of Africans. -- Ignatius Sancho: African Man of Letters by Brycchan Carey