Mata Hari in an evening dress by Buzenet for a play at the Odeon.
Les Modes, February 1910
VICTORIAN MOURNING JEWELRY
During the Victorian era, it was common to wear “mourning jewelry”. This jewelry typically included hair from deceased loved one.
The deceased loved one’s hair would be carefully arranged within the brooch, often creating intricate pictures or designs.
Hair was considered to be an ideal keepsake, since it does not break down over time.
This tradition was also common in the pre-Victorian 19th century. I have to include these images of jewelry that (supposedly) contains locks of John Keats’ hair. It is known that he and Fanny Brawne gave each other locks of their hair when John, dying of tuberculosis, left for Rome on what would be his final journey.
Sherlock Holmes and dogs in Canon
Well, apparently statistics are going to be a recurring obsession, to me, and I don’t even try any more to fight this compulsion… And as recently my thoughts have been driven (also) to the relationship between canonical Sherlock Holmes and dogs, here I am, with a little statistical analysis of this issue (that is, with a little crazy divertissement…).
Any holmesian dog lover will be happy to know that dogs not only play a relevant role in the 17% of canonical stories, but they also generally play a POSITIVE role, as they directly or indirectly help Holmes and Watson in solving the case at hand in the 80% of the stories in which they appear.
Amongst these stories, 30% see the dog as directly ‘assisting’ Holmes (twice as hunting dogs which help the investigation through their nose - in SIGN and MISS - and once as, alas!, guinea pig - in STUD), while in the 50% of these cases the dog someway provides a vital clue to the solution of the mystery.
Only in two stories (20% of these cases) - HOUN and COPP - the dog appears in a ‘villain’ role (better, as helper of the villain in charge), but in one of these two cases - COPP - the same dog eventually turns against his own evil master.
And Sherlock Holmes appears a fan of dogs, if we consider what he says about “the beautiful, faithful nature of dogs” in LION.
Not to mention, of course, the many possible uses he takes into account for dogs in criminal detection: not just as sleuth-hounds, but according to his idea that “a dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones. And their passing moods may reflect the passing moods of others” - a topic about which Holmes even considered writing a small monograph (CREE)!
Coming soon: more complex statistical
deliriaanalyses of Canon, and more answers to questions awaiting in my askbox. ;-)
Antique Vampire Hunter’s Kits
"Kits were typically purchased by wealthy Americans going overseas, particularly to Eastern European destinations. Content varies, some kits included: Silver-tipped Hawthorn Stakes, Mallet, Small Silver Crucifix, Large Wooden Crucifix, Pistol, Silver Bullets (engraved with a cross), Vial of Holy Water, Vial of Anointing Oil, Vial of Brimstone, Vial of Vampirism (cure), Vial of Holy Soil, Syringe, Holy Incense, Blessed Candles (inlaid with metal crosses), Rosary, Forceps/Pliers, Silver Knife, Prayer Book, Mirror."