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Re: Clear glass box with engraved lid - what is its purpose?
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2007, 03:38:03 PM »
I think she's Britannia, who was a Roman goddess as well as being the personification of Britain, see here


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Re: Clear glass box with engraved lid - what is its purpose?
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2007, 03:47:38 PM »
Oh heck!!!!!! i always mix them up >:( i dont know why? it isn't difficult! next time in the shower remember to open head and get rid of the cobweb's (stupid woman  :()


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Re: Clear glass box with engraved lid - what is its purpose?
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2007, 04:52:49 PM »
Aha! Thanks Christine! Sue - no-one is stupid. I wasn't too sure who she was, just that she didn't look like Boudicca (who I am sure would not have worn half a dress - too cold in Britain!)

So if this female is Brittannia, would the box have been made for the Festival of Britain in (I think) 1953?

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Re: Clear glass box with engraved lid - what is its purpose?
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2007, 06:04:57 PM »
Not Britannia - Britannia carries a trident and a shield emblazoned with the Union Flag.  (I've just created a whole Britannia outfit for the current play so I know this character all too well!)

Roz, I'd say she is a goddess too, possibly Diana, as there were many temples dedicated to Diana.


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Re: Clear glass box with engraved lid - what is its purpose?
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2007, 07:05:29 PM »
I'm saying she's supposed to be the goddess Britannia, the Romans weren't too hot on Union flags


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Re: Clear glass box with engraved lid - what is its purpose?
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2007, 10:05:10 PM »
Unlikely to be Festival of Britain either as this would have almost certainly have used the official logo, as designed by Abram Games:

http://www.lundhumphries.com/pages/single/10463.html

You can just see part of the logo poking out from the left. However, it might very well be from that era.
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Re: Clear glass box with engraved lid - what is its purpose?
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2007, 10:06:12 PM »
Better link is this one to the Museum of London:

http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/archive/exhibits/festival/index.htm
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Re: Clear glass box with engraved lid - what is its purpose?
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2007, 10:22:39 PM »
Well I got the year wrong, for a start! The Festival logo does have a head wearing a warrior-like helmet, but it's not really that close to my Diana/Britannia's headgear.

If anyone else can add anything to what's been suggested already, I'd be grateful. I think the box may be going back on the question-mark shelf for a little longer.

Many thanks for all suggestions so far.  :)

Roz


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Re: Clear glass box with engraved lid - what is its purpose?
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2007, 11:15:07 PM »
Unlikely to be Festival of Britain either as this would have almost certainly have used the official logo...

Bear in mind that anyone avoiding paying a royalty fee could as easily produce a look-alike. Greek symbolism had a revival in 1950-60s period. (I think, or at least my parents bought a lot of such stuff then.)
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Re: Clear glass box with engraved lid - what is its purpose?
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2007, 08:38:48 AM »
I agree, but was trying to point out that it was not an official FoB piece. I did also mention "However, it might very well be from that era."

Chance also produced the Hellenic pattern (Greek inspired) in 1961.
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