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Who knew..... the Hudson River Museum is not far from my shop and gallery and is really a wonderful museum with a planetarium and solid collection of art...they are also fans of miniatures with a large dollhouse on permanent display and an invitation for me to go and talk there in September! But I'm really posting because they had an exhibit a few years ago on patent miniatures, replicas of full size items which were submitted to the patent office for registration...they had a show on it a few years ago.... http://www.hrm.org/exhibits/Patents/patents.html there is also a museum which houses these treasure! - Darren
Last autumn I payed a visit at the re-opened Rijks Museum in Amsterdam. It was great to see this all too familiar building so lovingly brought back to it's old grandeur and luster. And with some amazingly well balanced new additions too. It was also exciting to see some familiar pieces. First there were a few small chests, said to have been used to keep relics or other precious valuables. It's great to some originals that are similar to those that, no doubtably, have inspired Bill Robertson to create miniature versions of it. In the same wing were two little prayer beads, dating back from the early 1500's. Made by Adam Theodrici. They depict holy scenes and were kept to help with prayers and to increase devotion. Imagining these little beads were worn at the time, it's amazing some of these intricate & fragile little carved beads have survived over 500 years. Here's a neat video to show you a deeper insight in how these small were made up.