Atlas of the British Empire

Atlas of the British Empire

A miniature atlas bound for Neale Albert of New York. The binding is goatskin and has been decorated with an onlaid map of the world, the British Empire in pink. The book has been enclosed in a globe made with silver hinge and catch which has again been inlaid and onlaid with a world map and tooled with the lines of longitude and the oceans currents. This has then been enclosed in a rosewood box again with hand made fittings. The turned interior of the box is tooled with the constellations on...

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Heart box made and presented to Dr. Mo Mowlem, the then Northern Ireland Secretary in the British Government. She had worked tirelessly and with persistence and good humour for peace in Northen Ireland and with US President Bill Clinton and others oversaw the talks leading to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. The inlaid shamrock decoration on the lid has been based on the earlierĀ  bindings produced for the Royal Ulster Constabulary Books of Remembrance. The sides of the box contain the quotation ‘Blessed are the peacemankers‘. Mo Mowlem died in August 2005. Below further...

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Kaleidoscopes

Kaleidoscopes

A selection of kaleidoscopes bound with inlaid and tooled leather. These kaleidoscopes do not contain loose elements for pattern-making but instead a lens and prism make patterns from one’s surroundings. The kaleidoscope was invented by Professor SirĀ  David Brewster in 1816 at St Andrew’s University, Fife. Four views of a kaleidoscope. This kaleidoscope was made for the first exhibition of the opening of the former home of William Blake as a small museum. Each contributor was asked to design and make something which in some way reflected Blake either visually or in the use of his...

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