Pillow, laundry inventory, 1824. Scotland, Aberdeen. This inventory pillow worked in silk threads on a fine worsted ground was used to track various household and personal textiles probably as they were sent back and forth to the laundry. A straight pin was used to mark the appropriate number of pieces.
Photos of St Giles church, Bredon, Worcestershire. This unusual memorial on the north wall of the chancel marks the burial place of a crusader's heart. To the left is the knight's shield, from which his hands emerge, holding his heart. It was common that knights who died on Crusade in the Holy Lands would have their hearts sent home to England for burial, while their bodies remained behind. This tomb, which dates to about 1290, is much larger than most similar Crusader heart monuments.
Tipping as a response to proper service began in the Tea Gardens of England. Small, locked wooden boxes were placed on the tables throughout the Garden. Inscribed on each were the letters "T.I.P.S." which meant "To Insure Prompt Service". If a guest wished the waiter to hurry (and so insure the tea arrived hot from the often distant kitchen), he dropped a coin into the box on being seated "to insure prompt service". This created the custom of tipping servers. -Georgian Index
Gunpowder-charged clockwork exploding bird scarer, 1847.MHS, Oxford: Clockwork Bird Scarer, by John Gillett, Brailes, Warwickshire, c.1847 (IRN 7142, Inventory number 34871) Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.
A linen handkechief believed to have belonged to King Charles I, English circa 1630-40, of plain white linen, embroidered in red silk cross-stitch with a C, 69 by 68cm. Provenance: Family tradition states this piece was left at Chisenbury by King Charles I.