Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Nothing to do with candlesticks
Cro has just mentioned that nobody has mentioned candlesticks for a while now, so I thought that I wouldn't either.
That's the whole point - what is this object? I bought it from an antique-dealer last saturday, and he didn't know what it was either. He said that he wanted £50 for it, and I said that was a bit much for something without an obvious purpose, so he halved the price.
On close inspection, it seems to date from the late 18th to early 19th century, and I thought it might be a stand of some sort - possibly to place spherical objects like mineral samples (or crystal balls!) on, but I just don't know. Points will be given for the best suggestions in all the usual categories.
If you saw last night's little video, then you will know that I went to bed in a disturbed state of mind and I am suffering for it this morning. The liquid ear-plugs from France didn't help either.
By dawn this morning - long before I woke up - I suddenly realised that the 9 months they have predicted for the street-works outside to take (right the way through until almost next spring, probably with a short break around Christmas day) will actually be 18 months, because they intend to work 24 hours a day, or so I was told by the bloke in the road last night.
I had already wracked my brains to understand how the replacement of a few square yards of paving and a few street-signs could possibly take 9 months, but 18???!!!