I found this at the thrift store! Many prayers I am sure it did see, as it looked down from the church walls where it hung for so many years.
I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens’ Dog’s collar sells for $11,500!
A dog collar that once belonged to Charles Dickens was sold at Bonhams New York’s 28th dog art sale last month and went for well above its pre-auction estimates of $4,000-$6,000. The collar, made of leather and brass and inscribed with Dickens’ name (and address?), sold for $11,590. Although the final price was more than twice what was expected it’s not completely without precedent: last year an ivory and gold toothpick that once belonged to Dickens went for $9,150. Dickens was known for being fond of dogs and this collar certainly looks well-worn.
excerpt taken from…. http://www.luxist.com/tag/pets/
“My heart is totally filled with things
That words alone can’t say,
This comes especially for you
With love on Christmas Day.”
“I know I’ve told you many times
How much I love you, Dear,
And how it seems to me
You grow still sweeter every year,
But since this is Christmas day,
I’m saying it once more
With an even deeper meaning
Than it’s ever had before.”
A Steiff teddy bear
with golden mohair, pronounced clipped muzzle, brown and black glass eyes, black stitched nose, mouth and claws, swivel head, jointed elongated limbs with felt pads, hump and button in ear –22½in. (57cm.) high, circa 1920s (plush sparse on top side of left arm, thinning on back of legs, other minor wear, slight pin holes to pads and one eye slightly higher than the other)
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