The Chinese enameling called cloisonne has been made for centuries. But there was also another type of enamel-on-metal object made in China by the 17th century, called “Peking enamel” or “Canton enamel.”
Political fights among politicians are not new. Today the rivalries are ridiculed in political cartoons and on TV sitcoms. In the past, political differences were shown in Staffordshire figures, slogans and drawings.
House plants were popular with our ancestors, but indoor plants took a lot of work. No bug spray, no packaged topsoil or plant food, not even a good selection of pots was available. In 1829 Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward of London invented the “Wardian case.”