The Treasure of Gourdon – France discovered in 1845, is a hoard of gold, the objects dating to the end of the fifth or beginning of the sixth century, which was secreted soon after 524. When it was found the hoard comprised a chalice (shown), a rectangular paten, similarly applied with garnets and turquoises in cloisonné compartments, together with about a hundred gold coins dating from the reigns of Byzantine emperors Leo I (457-474) through that of Justin I (518-527).
The oldest door in Britain in Westminster Abbey -A 900-year-old door was put in place in the 1050s, during the reign of the Abbey's founder, Edward the Confessor. The door, which measures 6.5ft by 4ft, was made from one tree which probably grew between AD 924 and 1030. Simon Thurley, of English Heritage, said: "It is incredible to think that when the door was made the Norman Conquest had not yet happened and William of Normandy was still a young man of about 20." That's pretty cool.
The 'Aleksandr Palace' Faberge Egg ~ made in 1908 for Nicholas II as a gift to his wife. It contains five portraits of Czar Nicholas children.
Inside the egg is a tiny detailed replica of Aleksandr Palace ~ the Imperial family's favorite residence. The inscription "The Palace at Czarskoye Selo" enclosed in a laurel wreath, is engraved on the base.
In 1917 the egg was transferred to the Moscow Kremlin Armoury where it remains today.
: The West Kennet Long Barrow is a Neolithic tomb dating back to 3650 BC and is thus the oldest building in England. The inside tunnels were used as pagan burial chambers and are built from Saracen rock as seen on the exterior.
Whip Handle in the Shape of a Horse, ca. 1390–1353 B.C. Egypt. This small ivory handle of a light whip or fly whisk is carved in the form of a prancing or running horse stained reddish brown with a black mane. The eyes, one of which has fallen out, were inlaid with garnet. It shows the fine quality attained in the decorative arts during the reign of Amenhotep III. Hard to believe it is really that old, it looks fantastic.
A Tudor Pomander or Musk Ball. Because of the bad scents which accompanied Tudor England settings, MUSK BALLS were part their lives. Usually, an orange was placed inside the BALL to freshen the air with pleasant scents. I suppose it is like our scent candles today. Amazing 16th century object from the Queen’s collection at Windsor Castle, the Round Tower. It probably was in the collection of Queen Elizabeth I. It was found in the River Thames at Windsor.
Game of Hounds and Jackals, ca. 1814–1805 B.C. Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat IV. Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, el-Asasif, Tomb of Reniseneb. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926 (26.7.1287). Egyptians likened the intricate voyage through the underworld to a game. This made gaming boards and gaming pieces appropriate objects to deposit in tombs.