Friday, February 28, 2014
We are so pleased to announce a new member profile from an awesome group in the UK! Fine Cell Work works with inmates from several prisons to produce gorgeous needlework pillows, bags and other accessories. Not only is this an income generating project, it is also a healing one.
They have a great shop online and I hope that you spread the word around about them! http://www.tafalist.com/members/fine-cell-work
This is really great! There are some very nice designs in their gift shop.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Rare and unusual “Femme Fatale” ring pistol, originates from France, third quarter of the 19th century.
Sold at Auction: $11,350
"I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things"
Monday, February 24, 2014
It’s our 500th post, and we wanted to bring you something special, so how about the state of the art in medieval anti-book-theft devices: the chained binding. Manuscript books were expensive to make and difficult to replace, so naturally, it was important to have good security. In a chained library, an iron clasp was screwed into the wooden boards binding the book. A chain ran from that clasp to a bar along the shelf on which a number of books were housed, shelved with the fore-edges out (note the title written on this book’s fore-edge in the middle picture). Original chained bindings rarely survive today, but remarkably an entire chained library is preserved at Hereford Cathedral.
Cartagena, Alonso de, 1385?-1456. Lectura arboris genealogiae regum Hispaniae : & specialiter in recta linea Regum Castellae et Legiois : manuscript, 
MS Typ 162
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Saw one of these at the Bodleian Library. Amazing to think that a humble book could be such a treasure that it need to be secured.
Friday, February 21, 2014