my cohabitation: stuff with history

For when you don’t have a flower handy.
Enamelled with roses and daisies, the little hinged panels set around the hoop open to reveal the French inscriptions: ‘I love you a little, a lot, passionately and not at all’, based on a game played by plucking the petals from a daisy. Made in France, circa 1830 from the collection at the V&A Museum.

For when you don’t have a flower handy.

Enamelled with roses and daisies, the little hinged panels set around the hoop open to reveal the French inscriptions: ‘I love you a little, a lot, passionately and not at all’, based on a game played by plucking the petals from a daisy. Made in France, circa 1830 from the collection at the V&A Museum.

Who knows when you might need extra special snakebite protection?


Enamelled gold ring from Italy, 1670-1700, set with a serpent’s eye - the fossilised tooth of a prehistoric fish - from the collection at the V&A.

Who knows when you might need extra special snakebite protection?

Enamelled gold ring from Italy, 1670-1700, set with a serpent’s eye - the fossilised tooth of a prehistoric fish - from the collection at the V&A.

If you’re not on a sailboat this weekend, isn’t the next best thing to have a model of one?

Early 20th century sailboat model, France $2,400

If you’re not on a sailboat this weekend, isn’t the next best thing to have a model of one?

Early 20th century sailboat model, France $2,400

Because if the rings fits.
A gimmel ring from 1600 inscribed with the words ‘QUOD DEVS CONIVNXIT’ (‘What God has joined together’) and on the other ‘HOMO NON SEPARET’ ( ‘Let no man put asunder’) from the collection of the V&A museum.

Because if the rings fits.

A gimmel ring from 1600 inscribed with the words ‘QUOD DEVS CONIVNXIT’ (‘What God has joined together’) and on the other ‘HOMO NON SEPARET’ ( ‘Let no man put asunder’) from the collection of the V&A museum.

Because who doesn’t need protection against evil?

Pair of Snake Bracelets and Snake Ring Roman, 1st century A.D. The Walters Art Museum. Snakes symbolized fertility and were believed to ward off evil. Snake bracelets were often worn in pairs.

Because who doesn’t need protection against evil?

Pair of Snake Bracelets and Snake Ring Roman, 1st century A.D. The Walters Art Museum. Snakes symbolized fertility and were believed to ward off evil. Snake bracelets were often worn in pairs.

Because Tolkien doesn’t have the monopoly on magic rings

Ring with wolf tooth made in Great Britain or France, 1200-1300. Inscribed with the magical charm ‘BURO + BERTO + BERNETO’ to protect again toothaches. (Also inscribed with ‘CONSUMMATUM + EST, an abbreviation of the last words Christ spoke on the Cross, and were used as a charm to calm storms.)

Because cats shouldn’t be the only ones who get to wear bells. 
A Burmese”trembling necklace” known as a le-ton, 1752-1885. From the collection at the V&A

Because cats shouldn’t be the only ones who get to wear bells.

A Burmese”trembling necklace” known as a le-ton, 1752-1885. From the collection at the V&A

Because the best decorations have always been the ones you make yourself.
Wax flower making kit with metal box and everything required to make wax flowers. c.1840-1860s.

Because the best decorations have always been the ones you make yourself.

Wax flower making kit with metal box and everything required to make wax flowers. c.1840-1860s.

Because the best message is a secret one.
'My heart and eye until I die', circa 18th century. Gold Posy Ring, $11,661.

Because the best message is a secret one.


'My heart and eye until I die', circa 18th century. Gold Posy Ring, $11,661.