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This problematical artifact may just be main body of a pipe water. Carefully hand crafted in copper, embellished with multi-colored gemstones (aquamarine, peridot and garnet), it is authentic down to the final detail. Send me your ideas and suggestions on this piece!

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What is water pipe?

It is an ancient tradition enjoyed by the people of the Middle East. A water pipe or hookah operates by water-filtration and indirect heat. It can be used for smoking many substances, such as herbal fruits and tobacco. Originally the tradition consisted of smoking opium and hashish rather than tobacco, which was introduced to hookahs only after the discovery of America almost 5 centuries later as first tobacco leaves arrived from America to Europe in 1601.
This has many names, depending on region: calean , kalian, chichi, shesha, hookah, nargillah, arghille, habel-babel, hubbly-bubbly, and other names. Also the shape slightly differs from region to region. According to the oldest sources, hookah originated somewhere along the border with Pakistan, in Western India specifically known today as Gujarat and Rajasthan provinces about 900 years ago.

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Hookah (Hindustani: हुक़्क़ा / حقّہ hukkah, and from Arabic شيشة). Is most commonly used in English for historical reasons. Hookah has become the standard name in English speaking countries. Sometimes it’s spelled hooka, hookkah, hukka, hookka.

In Pakistan and India

Huqqa The original water pipe came from India, but it was rather primitive as it was made out of coconut shell. Its popularity spread to Iran and then to the rest of the Arab world.

In Egypt, Bahrain, Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Somalia
Shisha (شيشة) is from the Persian word shishe (شیشه, literally
translated as glass and not bottle).

In Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Israel, Bulgaria and Romania
Nargileh  (نارگيله) derives from Sanskrit will nārikela (नारीकेल) , which became Persian word nārgil (نارگیل) or “coconut”. The spelling varies: argileh (Lebanon), narghile, nargila, argila and argile.

In Turkey
Nargile When the water-pipe was brought to Anatolia in the 17th century, Turkish craftsmen found a new way through which they could display their skills. It was in Turkey that the nargile completed its revolution, and did not change its style for the last few hundred years. The nargile itself consists of 4 pieces which are as follows: Agizlik (mouthpiece), Lüle (the top of the nargile), Marpuç (the tube) and the Gövde (the body of the pipe which is filled with water). Water-pipes, made in Beykoz and İznik workshops were smokers’ favourites because of their decorative appearance.

In Iran, Russia, Ukraine, Lativa, Lithuania, Estonia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirgyzstan, Kazakhstan
Ghalyun (غلیون ) also spelled ghalyan, ghalyaan or ghelyoon, which is apparently derived from Arabic aghla (“to make bubbles, to boil”).

In the rest of the territory of former Soviet Union
кальян in Cyrillic alphabet.

In Afghanistan
Chilam The hookah has been popular for some time, especially in Kabul .

In South Africa
Hubble-bubble or Hubbly-bubbly Referring to bubbling noise.

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Hookah in Images

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Hookah in Art

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The Island by Lord Byron

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But here the herald of the self-same mouth [60]
Came breathing o’er the aromatic south,
Not like a “bed of violets” on the gale,
But such as wafts its cloud o’er grog or ale,
Borne from a short frail pipe, which yet had blown
Its gentle odours over either zone,
And, puffed where’er winds rise or waters roll,
Had wafted smoke from Portsmouth to the Pole,
Opposed its vapour as the lightning dashed,
And reeked, ‘midst mountain-billows, unabashed,
To AEolus a constant sacrifice,
Through every change of all the varying skies.
And what was he who bore it?–I may err,
But deem him sailor or philosopher.[61]
Sublime Tobacco! which from East to West
Cheers the tar’s labour or the Turkman’s rest;
Which on the Moslem’s ottoman divides
His hours, and rivals opium and his brides;
Magnificent in Stamboul, but less grand,
Though not less loved, in Wapping or the Strand;
Divine in hookas, glorious in a pipe,
When tipped with amber, mellow, rich, and ripe;
Like other charmers, wooing the caress,
More dazzlingly when daring in full dress;
Yet thy true lovers more admire by far
Thy naked beauties–Give me a cigar!

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"Harem servant girl" by Paul Trouillebert -1874




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It is a wonderful Victorian hat-box with a hinged lid that fastens the box,with a lockable clasp and a strap and buckle which acts as a handle. The hat-box is intended to secure the safekeeping of finest hats, in the days when people traveled by ship, carriage or train.

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Different types of hat boxes

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Rita Preuss Paintings

Born in Germany in 1924.

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Hutschachtel - 1987


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These are 115 spear point prisms; each one is individually hand-cut and polished. The prisms are original and made in Bohemian and Baccarat crystal.

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There are many different types of prisms in the Victorian period; the most common is a triangular shaped prism, sometimes referred to as a colonial prism and the spear point triangular prism, sometimes referred to as Prince Albert style. These can be straight or tapered and cut with various designs.
The Chandeliers and other related light fixtures were decorated with complex arrays of crystal or glass prisms to illuminate a room with refracted light.

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Albert’ pendants

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Prince Albert (1819 – 1861)

Albert was the husband and consort of Queen Victoria and a significant influence on his wife. She never recovered from his premature death.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert opening the Ball at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert opening the Ball at Buckingham Palace.

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My Singer machine was made in Clydebank, Scotland in 1937. The Singer serial number is EB 202.824. This is an oscillating shuttle machine Model 15-88 and the scroll face is more ornate.

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The “engraving” is what collectors referred to as “scroll face”. Right around 1950, Singer adopted a more “modern” striated design for the face plate and covers.

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EB numbered Singers were made in Clydebank, Scotland, 1937-1939.

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Scottish History

The American sewing machine firm Singer Manufacturing Co opened an office in Glasgow, Scotland in 1856. The huge demand for their product encouraged them to set up a workshop to assemble sewing machines near George Square in 1867 and then to build a factory in James Street, Bridgeton, in the 1870s which produced 54,000 machines the following year. The building of the Singer factory in Kilbowie, later Clydebank, started on the 8th May 1882 and it was opened in 1885. The floor area was nearly one million square feet and seven thousand workers were employed producing on average 13.000 machines a week. It was the largest sewing machine factory in the World, finally closing in 1980.
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Face Plates and Backovers

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Singer Miscellaneous

Factory at Kilbowie - 1901

Factory at Kilbowie - 1901

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This is a wonderfull and colourful set of art deco cocktail glass from the Bimini Werkstatte Glassworks in Vienna (Austria) in the 1930s. There are eight cocktail pick birds (one bird is missing) in a mercury stork. The pieces are all hand-blown glass. Like all Bimini objects this one is unsigned.

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The Bimini Glass

The Bimini Glass Co. was formed in 1923 by Fritz Lampl in Vienna, Austria. Fritz Lampl and his brother-in-laws Arthur and Josef Berger, architects, started Bimini Glass. In 1938, Fritz Lampl emigrated to England where he re-established Bimini Ltd. in London and changed the name to Orplid Glass. Originally the pieces had a paper label “Bimini” but these labels are rarely seen anymore. Some labels say “Made in Germany”. Often times this glass is referred to as Lauscha and is difficult to determine the difference.

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Josephine Baker Figure by Fritz Lampl - 1930

Josephine Baker Figure by Fritz Lampl - 1930

In 1925 the African-American dancer Josephine Baker escaped the restrictions of the racially-divided United States to become a sensation in Paris. Her erotic dances and risqué costumes, which included a skirt made of bananas, found instant success amongst Parisian audiences enraptured with all things exotic, as too did her menagerie of pet animals which included Chiquita the cheetah. Baker became a design icon in her own right and appeared on many objects of the period. In this glass figure she is wearing her signature banana skirt.

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Josephine Baker"Pearls and Feathers" Lego Aguirre Personal Collection

Josephine Baker"Pearls and Feathers" Lego Aguirre Personal Collection

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This is an genuine spring straw hat, made in Italy, and beautifully adorned with flowers of that period. Circa 1900

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Straw Hats Examples

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The Straw Industry in Italy

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The demand for straw plait was driven by fashion. By the 1800s, the Italians had the largest European straw industry employing 80,000 people. The industry was centred in villages around Florence, but there were other centres in the Piedmont and around Venice.

Today…

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Gallery of Art

 

Pierre Auguste Renoir - Luncheon at the Boating Party

Pierre Auguste Renoir - Luncheon at the Boating Party

 

 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir  - French Impressionist Painter, (1841-1919)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - French Impressionist Painter, (1841-1919)

Pimenov Jury  – Russian painter  (1903-1977)

Pimenov Jury – Russian painter (1903-1977)

George Romney (1734-1802)  English portrait painter - Emma Hart in a Straw Hat

George Romney (1734-1802) English portrait painter - Emma Hart in a Straw Hat

Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755–1842)

Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755–1842)

 

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The survival of each postcard image printed up to 100 years ago depended on the quantity printed and whether the were collected by people who preserved them. Then if they were passed down through several generations of family members before being sold to an antique dealer, they may have survived. The number sold of each image depended on the popularity of the scene or attraction.

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Chinese New Year by the Chinese Calendar
The Year of the Ox

In the Chinese zodiac, twelve animals are used to denote the year of a person’s birth: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. This is called a person’s shengxiao (sheng means the year of birth, xiao means resemblance) or shuxiang. This year, 2009, is designated the Year of the Ox (1) or year 4706 in the Chinese lunar calendar. The upcoming Chinese lunar New Year will fall on January 26, 2009. The Ox, or the Buffalo sign symbolizes prosperity through fortitude and hard work. Those born under the influence of the Ox or Buffalo are fortunate to be stable and persevering. The typical Ox is a tolerant person with strong character.
Beneath the placid and unpretentious exterior of the “Earth Ox” lies a heart of gold and a willingness to bear heavy burdens that might overwhelm others.

(1) 己丑 Ji Chou: Ji is the sixth of the Ten Celestial Stems and Chou is the second of the Twelve Terrestrial Branches

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