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Four Royal Doulton “Marigold” coffee cups and saucers partially hand painted in absolutely fabulous condition for year. We judge this to be early pieces, rarely available, about 1917.

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Royal Doulton

Royal Doulton has been producing porcelain ceramics and tableware for approximately 200 years.
While founded back in 1793, the company that was to become associated with the term “Royal Doulton” was originally negaged in the production of industrial porcelain, such as tiles and storage containers for chemicals. Royal Doulton porcelain marks appear in 1872 on its decorative and dinnerware pieces.

The Royal Doulton mark has been used continuously since 1902 until the present.

Royal Doulton Marks

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1899 whisky mark
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1902/22 and 1927/36

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1902/1922
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1915 Green mark
1922
1922
1922/56 without the crown
1922/56 without the crown
1932
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1932/1935
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1982/1988

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Royal Doulton Examples

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Exceptional bronze sculpture, bust of the god Mercury (1) on wooden base. Unsigned, c.1900.

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(1) In Roman religion, Mercury is the god of merchants, commonly identified with the Greek Hermes son of Zeus and Maia. A popular deity, Hermes was the messenger of the gods who often led men astray. He was god of travelers and roads, of luck, of music and eloquence, of merchants and commerce, of young men, and of cheats and thieves. He was credited with having invented the lyre and the shepherd’s flute. is sometimes depicted holding a purse, symbolic of his business functions. More often he is given the attributes of Hermes and portrayed wearing winged sandals or a winged cap and carrying a caduceus.

The God Mercury in Art

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Metamorphoses by Ovid – BOOK II

Mercury sees Herse

The god with the caduceus lifted upwards on his paired wings and as he flew looked down on the Munychian fields, the land that Minerva loves, and on the groves of the cultured Lyceum. That day happened to be a festival of Pallas, when, by tradition, innocent girls carried the sacred mysteries to her temple, in flower-wreathed baskets, on their heads. The winged god saw them returning and flew towards them, not directly but in a curving flight, as a swift kite, spying out the sacrifical entrails, wheels above, still fearful of the priests crowding round the victim, but afraid to fly further off, circling eagerly on tilted wings over its hoped-for prey. So agile Mercury slanted in flight over the Athenian hill, spiraling on the same winds. As Lucifer shines more brightly than the other stars, and golden Phoebe outshines Lucifer, so Herse was pre-eminent among the virgin girls, the glory of that procession of her comrades. Jupiter’s son was astonished at her beauty, and, even though he hung in the air, he was inflamed. Just as when a lead shot is flung from a Balearic sling it flies on and becomes red hot, discovering heat in the clouds it did not have before. He altered course, leaving the sky, and heading towards earth, without disguising himself, he was so confident of his own looks. Nevertheless, even though it is so, he takes care to enhance them. He smooths his hair, and arranges his robe to hang neatly so that the golden hem will show, and has his polished wand, that induces or drives away sleep, in his right hand, and his winged sandals gleaming on his trim feet.

Mercury elicits the help of Aglauros

There were three rooms deep inside the house, decorated with tortoiseshell and ivory. Pandrosus had the right hand room, Aglauros the left, and Herse the room between. She of the left hand room first saw the god’s approach and dared to ask his name and the reason for his visit. The grandson of Atlas and Pleione replied “I am the one who carries my father’s messages through the air. My father is Jupiter himself. I won’t hide the reason. Only be loyal to your sister and consent to be called my child’s aunt. Herse is the reason I am here. I beg you to help a lover.” Aglauros looked at him with the same rapacious eyes with which she had lately looked into golden Minerva’s hidden secret, and she demanded a heavy weight of gold for her services. Meanwhile she compelled him to leave the house.

Puppenbrücke (Lübeck)

Puppenbrücke (Lübeck)

Puppenbrücke

Poem by Emanuel Geibel(1815-1884)


Zu Lübeck auf der Brücken
da steht der Gott Merkur.
Er zeigt in allen Stücken
olympische Figur.
Er wußte nicht von Hemden
in seiner Götterruh;
drum kehrt er allen Fremden
den bloßen Podex zu.

Other Mercurys

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Mercury Temple in the Schwetzingen Castle

Mercury Temple in the Schwetzingen Castle

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About the Ford Mustang Grandé

The Grandé derivative of the Mustang was introduced by Ford in 1969 as a luxury variant:
“This was Ford’s answer to the buyer who wanted T-Bird luxury in a smaller, sportier package. Available as a coupe only, it provided as standard equipment the Deluxe Decor Interior, plus simulated woodgrain instrument-panel trim, deluxe three-spoke steering wheel, special door panels, padded interior quarter panels and special cloth-inserted bucket seats. Outside, wire wheel covers, dual mirrors, C-pillar logo, duo-toned paint stripe under the fender line, and a chrome trim molding along the fender well set the Grande apart from other Mustang Coupes.”  (Taylor, Don & Wilson, Tom, Mustang Restoration Handbook, HPBooks 1987).

According to Taylor & Wilson, only 22,182 Grandé models were produced in 1969 and 13,581 in 1970.

Ford Mustang Grandé 1969 coupe

Ford Mustang Grandé 1969 coupe

1970 saw no major changes to the Mustang lineup. Most of the changes were in the way of subtle refinements. The headlights became dual units again instead of the quad units used in 1969, front side marker lamps were moved up onto the fenders, the quarter panel “scoops” were deleted, and the rear taillights were now recessed into their housings. On the inside, high back buckets became standard equipment with the seat back release moved to the lower part of the seat, a new “oval” steering wheel (supposedly to ease entry and exit), and the ignition switch was moved to the steering column which locked the steering wheel when turned to the off position.

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“Wild, Wild, Mustang”

Many say Dick Dale invented sixties surf rock. His band, Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, performed the song “Wild, Wild, Mustang”.

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