I didn’t get any Steampunk-inspired presents for Christmas – I’m guessing my family thinks I have enough clothing, hats, and gadgets. I did get a lovely, lovely bag, some books, and some shinies. I’m a magpie and I like shiny things.
My most interesting book is a collection of Christmas stories. Most of them are sad or morose. And here I was thinking that the book would be uplifting and full of Christmas cheer.
This will be my last post for this year. See you all in 2023. Have a safe and joyous holiday period.
Brooch made with gold and a taxidermy hummingbird head.
This is one of the less endearing fashion trends of the Victorian era; the use of animal parts to create jewellery. The collection of hummingbirds for their feathers and for taxidermy decoration put some species of hummingbird at risk at the height of the practice. The use of hummingbirds to create fashion accessories is now illegal, and that is okay with me. I find the idea of hunting down tiny birds for ornithological jewellery rather distasteful, as well as the use of other animal parts for ornamentation.
Parure set consisting of tiara, earrings and necklace mounted with beetle wings, circa 1884.
Tortoiseshell hair comb, circa 1860
This is why I prefer modern Steampunk jewellery that uses resin models or metal casts of skulls for ornamentation. I find these items much less creepier and more ecologically sound than the Victorian version.
Treen is the name given to small household items made from wood, rather than made from metal, ceramics or glass, and to differentiate the items from wooden furniture. As a big fan of shoes and boots, I love images of Victorian treen snuff boxes that mimic shoes. Here is a selection of images for your edification.
English snuff box circa 1860
Wooden shoe-shaped snuff boxes, England, circa 1801-1830