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  Bosch's Guardian Devil The original of this little fellow (dated around 1400) was found at 's-Hertogenbosch, the home town of the painter Hieronymus Bosch, which gives you a feeling for the kind of place he grew up in.

BR-17 Bosch's Guardian Devil $5.00
1-1/8 x 1" or 29 x26mm
* van Beuningen, no. 773

It's cartainly hard to explain the original meaning of the 15th century English example of the Bowl with Spoons - perhaps it is only a reminder of happy meals taken in good company. The spoons are of the distinctive late medieval form.

BR-25 Bowl with Spoons $5.00
1-5/8 x 2-1/4" or 40 x 58mm
* Mitchiner, no. 758


  The Pig with Wings is copied from an English example. We still speak of unlikely events happening "when pigs fly."

BR-26 Pig with Wings $5.00
1 x 1-1/4" or 28 x 31mm
* Mitchiner, no.754

Billy and Charlie. We are pleased to add this portrait brooch of ourselves to our collection. It is a copy of an early 15th century Netherlandish brooch in the van Beuningen collection, and may originally have served as an illustration of the aphorism that, "Two heads are better than one." Then again, it may just have been meant to delight with its weirdness. That is certainly one of our goals.

BR-22 Billy and Charlie $3.00
3/4 x 7/8" or 20 x 22mm
* van Beuningen, no. 608


  The Pig with Bagpipe is copied from a group of closely related Netherlandish examples, circa 1400. Personally, I like the pipes, well played. Perfect for your favorite piper - or your least favorite.

BR-36 Pig with Bagpipe $5.00
2 x 1-1/2" or 50 x 38mm
# van Beuningen, no.691-693

Drinking Can. A small brooch in the shape of a medieval beer stein, copied after a Netherlandish example dating from around 1400.

BR-35 Drinking Can $3.00
7/8 x 1/2" or 23 x 15mm
* van Beuningen, no. 949


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