Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
One of a kind piece, bought decades ago by my father.
Aquarium table lighter by Alfred Dunhill, circa 1950's probably hand painted by Ben Schillingford
An extremely rare silver-plated 'Aquarium' table lighter, the perspex lucite body enclosing hand-painted scenes of the Royal William 1719 at sea, on one side and "HM Brig Watskerwitch on the other. The side panels featuring seagulls in flight and rocks, with silver plated lift-arm marked DUNHILL, in excellent condition. English circa 1950s.
Ben Shillingford used the very skilled 'intaglio' technique, where each layer of colour and detail is built up in reverse. By nature of how they are made, each is completely unique, and the lighters that feature under water scenes tend to be more widely known. However the non-aquatic scenes, (such as this one), of for example birds, outdoor pursuits, famous ships or automobiles are incredibly rare and do not come onto the market very often.
Fantastic original condition, in good working order.
width/length: 3.94 in.
Materials/Techniques: Perspex body with hand painted scenes. Lift arm and mechanism in silver plate.
Creator: Alfred Dunhill.
A little about HMS Royal William
Rating: First Rate
Date of Commission: 1690
Current Captain: Jack Naseby
Status: In service
History: HMS Prince was a 100-gun first rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built by Phineas Pett II at Deptford Dockyard and launched in 1670. During the Third Anglo-Dutch War she served as a flagship of the later king James II, then Duke of York and Lord High Admiral. During the Battle of Solebay (1682) she was in the center of the English fleet that was attacked by the Dutch center led by de Ruyter. The Prince was heavily damaged and Captain of the Fleet Sir John Cox was killed on board. The Duke of York was forced to shift his flag to the St Michael.
She was rebuilt by Robert Lee at Chatham Dockyard in 1692, and renamed at the same time as HMS Royal William. During the War of the Grand Alliance the ship saw action at the Battle of Barfleur of 19 May 1692. The Prince belonged to the red squadron and carried the flag of Rear-Admiral Shovell. She was the first ship to break the French line during the battle.
In December of 1721 the Royal William was transferred to the Caribbean under the command of Captain Jack Naseby with orders to join the St. George Squadron with all haste. She arrived in the Caribbean on the 2nd of February, 1722. Not long after docking in the Bahamas, Royal William engaged in action against French naval assets in the region, including a large French resupply detachment.
Recent Assignments: As of February 2nd, 1722: HMS Royal William is to safeguard British interests in the Caribbean, defend key ports and harass enemy combat patrols and fleets.
February 4th, 1722: Under the command of Captain Naseby, HMS Royal William in conjunction with captains Ray Reyman and Kyle McAvoy, undertook a sustained defensive campaign at Riding Rocks. The powerful force engaged countless Spanish fleets, sinking or taking a great deal of tonnage. This massive effort allowed the British defenders of Riding Rocks to strengthen their positions, from meager outposts to strong and numerous forts. Thanks to this action, British victory was easier to achieve during the subsequent Battle of Riding Rocks.
April 21st, 1722: The HMS Royal William, under the command of Commodore Sir Jack Naseby, was the flagship of the Black Squadron at the battle of Puerto Cabezas. The warship exchanged fire with the enemy who, though outnumbered, put up a valiant and desperate fight before withdrawing from the battle. The Royal William suffered no critical damage during the engagement.
Port Battle History:
Port Date Battle type Enemy Result Notes
Puerto Cabezas April 21, 1722 Assault France Victory Undamaged. Flagship of the Black Squadron.
PEÇO ENCARECIDAMENTE A TODOS QUE DIVULGUEM ESSE ABSURDO QUE NÓS MOTOCICLISTAS AQUI DO RIO DE JANEIRO ESTAMOS SENDO VÍTIMAS.
ALGUM IMBECIL TEVE A BRILHANTE IDÉIA DE COLOCAR UNS TACHÕES DE MAIS DE 10 CM DE ALTURA SEPARANDO AS FAIXAS DA RUA, PARA IMPLANTAÇÃO DA PORRA DO BRS (BUS RAPID SYSTEM).
NÃO SÃO POUCOS OS MOTOCICLISTAS QUE JÁ SE ACIDENTARAM POR CAUSA DESTA MERDA, QUE TORNA IMPOSSÍVEL TÃO SOMENTE AOS MOTOCICLISTAS TROCAR DE FAIXA.
SE O MOTOCICLISTA LEVAR UMA FECHADA, ELE NÃO TEM COMO DESVIAR E VAI PRO CHÃO. SE ELE PRECISAR DESVIAR DE UMA FREIADA BRUSCA, ELE NÃO TEM COMO FUGIR E VAI PRO CHÃO.
E SÓ UM DETALHE, ELE VAI CAIR EM AVENIDAS EXTREMAMENTE MOVIMENTADAS, VIAS DE TRÂNSITO PESADO, COM GRANDES CHANCES DE SER ATROPELADO, INCLUSIVE POR UM ÔNIBUS.
A TODOS AQUELES QUE VIVEM SOBRE DUAS RODAS, ASSIM COMO ÀQUELES QUE PREZAM PELA VIDA DE ALGUM MOTOCICLISTA, PEÇO QUE DIVULGUEM.
SE VOCÊ TEM UM PAI, IRMÃO, TIO, PRIMO, AMIGO, OU ATÉ MESMO CONHECIDO QUE ANDE DE MOTO, DIVULGUE, VOCÊ ESTARÁ ZELANDO POR SUA INTEGRIDADE FÍSICA E POR SUA VIDA.
BLOGUEIROS E DERIVADOS, AINDA QUE VOCÊS NÃO SEJAM DO RIO DE JANEIRO, DIVULGUEM.
TODOS PODEM TER CERTEZA QUE, SE CONSEGUIRMOS REVERTER ESSA IMBECILIDADE, ESSE ATENTADO A VIDA DO MOTOCICLISTA, SEM SOMBRA DE DÚVIDA ESTAREMOS SALVANDO MUITAS VIDAS E EVITANDO GRAVES ACIDENTES.
ANTES QUE SEJA TARDE, DIVULGUEM.
E como que tudo que é ruim acaba chegando por aqui, vamos brigar antes que aconteça...
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
"Elvis' purchased this 1971 yellow De Tomaso Pantera sports car in 1974 for $2,400 as a gift to then girlfriend Linda Thompson. This is the car Elvis shot - on more than one occasion! George Klein, Myrna Smith and Sheila Ryan all tell rather amazing stories about Elvis and this De Tomaso Pantera sports car:
George Klein was at Graceland one afternoon and commented on the Pantera sitting around in the back driveway. He asked Elvis about it and Elvis was apparently annoyed at the car at the time. It had quit on him driving in Memphis [It had a Ford engine!] and he had someone pick him up and drive him back to Graceland, and left the car on the side of the road. Even after it was returned to Graceland, they were unable to get it started again ... Now ... as Elvis is standing there relating this story to George he pulls out a handgun and shoots the car ... and it starts up and runs. (Thanks to George Klein for help with this story.)
Myrna Smith: 'I will never forget a hair-raising spin around Memphis in his little yellow Pantera. He was a great driver but I knew he was trying to scare me. He thought it was funny'. When they finally schreeched to a stop in Graceland's driveway, Elvis completed the 'shock treatment' by pulling out a gun and shooting the dashboard as he castigated the car for not running right.
Sheila Ryan: One time we were gonna go for a ride in the yellow Pantera and I was petrified. I was worried because he didn't drive that often. We were always in a limousine.
It was late and dark and we were on the Mississippi interstate. Elvis was driving. It's just the two of us. And we were going seventy-five and I'm thinking, okay, I can deal with seventy-five. And then eighty-five and ninety-five and a hundred and thirty. We were going a hundred and thirty. Then Elvis says, 'Here, you take the wheel'. And takes his hands off and I was like, 'Please, that's not funny. Please'. And I was like begging him. I was really scared. It was a side of him that I didn't see often. Carefree. He wasn't on the job. He wasn't working. He wasn't in Vegas. He wasn't doing shows. He was just having a good time. When I saw those gates with the musical notes on them, I was really happy to be back."
taken from elvis.com.au
(remember to give the fuckin credits when you take stuff from someone else)
The way I see it: if you are Elvis...you can buy ANY car you want...any color, any price, any day...well, he picked this one. It's also said that this was one of those gifts you say you buy for someone else when in fact you bought it for yourself.