Friday, October 12, 2012

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V285: Colonial Williamsburg Swag

We're back from our Williamsburg-Monticello-Montepelier trip, and I've got swag to share with you.  I mean...how can anyone historically-inclined go to these places *without* loading up on some of the awesome, exclusive things they have to buy there?  My one-true-love of all is this:


This is the Chowning Tavern teapot made just for Colonial Williamsburg.  There were others to choose from - one with a squirrel, one with The Kings Arms, erm, arms - but after seeing similar be-peacock-ed china in the DeWitt Museum, I decided on this one.

With a Williamsburg teapot, it was only natural to snag some Williamsburg tea, too.  There were many flavors, but my heart belongs to Earl Grey, and I can tell you, it's excellent:


Also, some fabric (but of course!).  I know everybody buys this fabric when they go to CW, but I can see why.  It's delightful, and a direct reproduction from a gown held in Williamsburg's collection.  I got about two yards, to make into a jacket:


These wall plaques were just for fun.  I wish they'd had the British flag that was in use in 1776, but the modern one here does just fine.  My household is a pairing (and maybe soon a marriage) of America and Great Britain, and I thought we could hang these together, although Chris and I are not in agreement about which flag should be displayed on top.  I guess they shall go side-by-side then, hehe:


Souvenirs were to be had at Monticello and Montpelier as well.  These are them, a couple Christmas ornaments, several pineapple items (yay Regency pineapples!), and a ceramic plate with a fox on it, which has nothing at all to do with Montpelier, where I bought it, but I loved it too much:



I can't seem to find where (or if) you can buy any of the Colonial Williamsburg stuff online.  If you know the link, please post in the comments!
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  1. Here's the link: http://www.williamsburgmarketplace.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/HomeView?storeId=10001&catalogId=12122&langId=-1

    Unfortunately you can't buy everything online that you can buy in downtown CW, but some things you can, so it's a good website to have! :)

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  2. I love the pineapples! Great finds!
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    1. I knew you would, lol. It shall remind me of you and Dolley Madison <3

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  4. Did you ever wear your red gown while you were there? I kept looking for pictures of it...

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    1. Alas I did not. It was raining and quite cold for the second and third day we were in CW. I only wore the Indienne for a very short time, and the red not all. Major bummer. I will have to find an excuse to wear it again soon.

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  5. i so wish we had a place like CW in England, it'll be the first place i visit when i go to america one day. (just to let you know, we became great Britain at the beginning of the 18th century, during Queen Anne, so that is the right flag).

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    1. I think you will love it. It is a very different flavor from Georgian places in England, for sure. The flag that was displayed outside all the shops was without the red cross of St Patrick (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/17/Union_flag_1606_%28Kings_Colors%29.svg/800px-Union_flag_1606_%28Kings_Colors%29.svg.png), in use 1606-1801, but they didn't have one like it as a little plaque in the shop, to go with my colonial American flag, oh well. I thought maybe I could paint out the St. Patrick cross, haha, but I don't think it'd come out very well. :-)

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  6. Wait what was that about a marriage? (sorry, channeling my mom there for a minute)

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  7. I can't believe I missed you! I live in Virginia, though not anywhere near Monticello, Montpelier, or Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg is a favorite of mine though! And if you ever wish to visit Mount Vernon, do let me know! I live not too far from it and I work there as a docent.

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