Category Archives: History

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part V

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part V

This is Part V (the finale) of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, ALL of the previous parts relate the history of the eggs made between 1885… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part IV

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part IV

This is Part IV of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, all three of the previous parts relate the history of the eggs made between 1885 to 1906.… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part III

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part III

This is Part III of my series exploring the Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs. I strongly encourage clicking over to read Part I and Part II as they include truncated bios of Peter Carl Fabergé, Tsar Alexander III, and Tsar Nicholas II. More importantly, the previous parts relate the history of the 15 eggs made between… CONTINUE READING…

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part I

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs ~ Part I

With Easter fast approaching, I started searching for topics related to the holiday. Naturally eggs tend to come up, in some way or another, and I do have a couple of interesting egg-centric posts scheduled for next week. In fact, I intended to write a short blog for Easter week on the fabulous Fabergé Imperial… CONTINUE READING…

Modern & Extraordinary Hedge Mazes

Modern & Extraordinary Hedge Mazes

MAZE MONTH has to end sometime (and tomorrow will indeed be the last post) but as I searched historic hedge mazes I ran across so many astounding structures of a newer creation that I had to include at least one blog about them. The following list is far from complete when it comes to the plethora… CONTINUE READING…

Historic Mazes: Hampton Court & Woburn Abbey

Historic Mazes: Hampton Court & Woburn Abbey

MAZE MONTH reaches its conclusion with the discussion of hedge mazes from the days of yore! Be sure to check out the previous four blog posts covering the overall history of mazes and labyrinths (links below). In between the historical blogs, MAZE MONTH has included eight posts spotlighting the surviving turf mizmazes in England, and… CONTINUE READING…

Topiary & Hedge Maze History

Topiary & Hedge Maze History

MAZE MONTH has so far focused on proper unicursal labyrinths rather than actual multicursal mazes. I’ve used a great deal of blog space covering turf-created labyrinths, despite knowing the instant vision of “garden maze” brings tall hedges to mind. In my defense, factually tracing the evolution of mazes required those precursors. Nevertheless, it is time… CONTINUE READING…

Eye Bath Cup — Before the eyedropper

Eye Bath Cup — Before the eyedropper

Dating as far back as the 16th century, and probably far older, the eye bath or eye wash cup was the standard object used to clean the eye until the eyedropper was invented. Most commonly made of inexpensive glass, eye bath cups were also fashioned from porcelain, silver, and later in aluminum. The shape remained… CONTINUE READING…

Breamore Mizmaze in Hampshire

Breamore Mizmaze in Hampshire

High on the top of a hill, with views stretching far over the hills and fields of Hampshire and Wiltshire, is the Breamore Mizmaze. Located about ten-miles south of Salisbury, the small village of Breamore is the site of numerous Iron Age and Roman ruins. A priory of Augustinian Canons was founded in the early… CONTINUE READING…

Saffron Walden Mizmaze

Saffron Walden Mizmaze

The turf labyrinth at Saffron Walden, in the county of Essex, is one of the best-known and well maintained historic turf labyrinths in Europe, and it is also the largest surviving example. It is located at the east end of a large open area known as the Common adjacent to the town center.   The… CONTINUE READING…