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Lincolnshire Life February/March 1964 (Vol. 4, No. 1)

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    NO 2- BY -PATHS OF VICTORIANA by DONALD REED and DAPHNIE WHITTINCHAM FADED FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS, long forgotten letters, birthday cards and trinkets-the sort of ''treasures'' found when we rummage through an old valise-these can start your collection of Victoriana. A quaint china candlestick, a silver-topped measuring stick, great-grandmama's jet ear-rings all have distinct possibilities, and will provide a vivid reminder of life in Queen Victoria's times. But how does one tell which is a bauble or just a piece of worthless junk, and which is true Victoriana? WHERE TO LOOK Technically speaking, any obj ect made in Great Britain or the Empire between 1837 and 1901 can be classed as Victoriana. Objects which were part of any home during this era and revive memories of the fashions, furnishings and foibles-in fact, any piece which offers a commentary on: those times--is Victoriana. You discern as you would with an article made in this age-able design, fine colours or materials, trustworthy craftmanship are the criteria. However, items which reflect the Victorian Scene-sheets of music, matchboxes, tidies and pin-cushions-also have great charm. Here you will find the pleasure of piecing together the back-ground. If the attic, the auction rooms, the village junk shop or the smart antique shop can offer you a "find" which is delightful to possess, something you can look at and live with and it was fashionable in the later 1800's-then in all probability you will have a "bargain piece of Victoriana. Unlike other periods, expense is not readily reflected in Victoriana. Only correct arrangement will high-light your acquisitions. However, the fascination of displaying your related "treasures" will afford a great deal of pleasure. Indeed, you might discover that your interest in a particular by-path of Victoriana will lead you into specialising in particular sphere of collecting--and before you know it, you will have become an expert ! The kitchen (remember Mrs. Beeton was a household name then), the nursery, the theatre and the music-hall can all be traced by the Victoriana enthusiast. ROYAL TRIBUTES The home was the heart of Victorian family life. The Queen herself and Prince Albert were revered examples of this solidarity. Consequently many loyal tributes to the Royal Family and all it stood for were worked in samplers and screens--not quite as valuable as those

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The monthly Lincolnshire Life magazine was founded in April, 1961 with the intention of championing the cause of Lincolnshire by recording its history, folklore, culture, personalities, dialect, art, etc.

The magazine has 'thumbnail' sketches of the history of all the county's towns and many of its 700-plus villages, histories of its major houses and castles and profiles of many of its smaller houses, in private occupation. There are accounts of major and minor incidents in the county's history, augmented through the magazine's correspondence columns and details of the lives of many of the county's personalities both past and present.

By recording aspects of the county's life which were happening at the time but which no longer exist, the magazine now has the only written account of some of these customs or events.


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