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Birds: The Common Thrush
The Thrush is one of the most popular of English native birds, as its song is one of the most beautiful of those of the bird kind.
Birds: The Missel Thrush
The Missel Thrush, so called from its fondness for the mistletoe, is larger than the common or song thrush, less melodious and not so common in England, but well known upon the continent of Europe.
Birds: The Rook
The Rook which is often confused with the Carrion Crow is found in many parts of Europe and is abundant in England, where it is common to see groups of trees near gentlemen's houses given up to their occupancy.
Birds: The Canary
The Canary, as its name implies, comes from the Canary Islands, but it has been so crossed in breeding that it differs very considerably from its original ancestors.
Birds: The Robin Redbreast
The Robin Redbreast is a prime favourite in English cottage homes. Its appearance on the window sill at the approach of winter is an irresistible appeal to human sympathy and seldom fails of a hearty response.
Arabian Horses
The beauty, strength and speed of the Arabian horse are well known, and the affection which subsists between him and his master is the basis of many a pathetic story.
The Domestic Horse
The Horse has only to be known to be loved, and has only to be loved to become the most tractable, patient, and useful of animals.
Robert Adam (1728-1792)
England received the same inspiration as France from Pompeii. The architect Robert Adam made a careful study of ancient buildings in Italy and fully appreciated their beauty.
George Heppelwhite (? - 1792)
During Heppelwhite's time mahogany was still used to a great extent; but the delicacy of Neo-Classic designs made lightercolored wood desirable, so satinwood, chestnut, and sycamore were also employed in their natural colors, and highly polished.
Thomas Shearton (1750 - 1806)
Many critics consider that Sheraton was the greatest of the English cabinet makers. He had imagination, a fine sense of proportion, and almost perfect taste in the use of ornamentation.
Duncan Phyfe (1768 - 1854)
Phyfe's work was as good in design as that of the great English cabinet makers of the eighteenth century.
Thomas Chippendale (1705 - 1779)
Thomas Chippendale was the first of a famous group of English cabinet makers who worked in the second half of the eighteenth century, a time which is called the Golden Age of Furniture Making.
The Rococo Style
The Rococo style was typically French. It was the joyous expression of a people who were glad that Louis XIV was dead as they were tired of his pomp and his costly wars.
The Queen Anne Period
In this period the Dutch influence continued to grow and comfortable furniture became common. Straight lines had practically disappeared, and furniture was built on curved lines to fit the shape of the body.
The William And Mary Period
At the death of his brother Charles II, James II became king, but he was so much disliked that he abdicated and fled to France. His daughter Mary, and her husband William, Prince of Orange in Holland, accepted the invitation to the throne of England.
Wild Animals - The Jaguar
The jaguar, otherwise known as the American Leopard, belongs to the forests of South America, and has many points of difference from as well as some of similarity with the Leopard of Asia.
Wild Animals - The Leopard
The Leopard, who is also known as the panther, belongs to Asia and Africa. He is distinguished by the beauty of his coat which is of a rich fawn colour, graduating to white underneath his belly.
Wild Animals - The Lion
The lion is known as the King of Beasts; though modern travellers have done much to rob him of the homage that he once received.
Wild Animals - The Puma
The Puma, or American lion, is known by several names. It is sometimes called a panther, or colloquially a "painter", and sometimes a cougar.
Wild Animals - The Tiger
The tiger is one of the most beautiful, but at the same time one of the most rapacious and destructive of the whole animal race.
What Is An Antique?
Antiques command more attention today than they ever have. So widespread is the interest that the amber bottle which held Dr. Fisch's bitters when it was purchased for a few coins in the early 1800's is regarded as respectfully as the hanging lantern, which was expensive even by present-day standards, when it was bought in the 1700's.
Antique Fakes And Reproductions
One natural result of both the vogue for and the genuine interest in antiques is that many of them are being copied or reproduced as fast as Dior frocks and Chanel suits were.
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