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Runscott
12-05-2011, 11:00 AM
A friend of mine has this interesting blog about various odd history items. Today's caught my attention, as it involves an old custom of cutting pieces off of historical items as souvenirs. I had never heard of this, but if you ever see an extremely old piece of furniture at an antique store, that is missing lots of hand-cut chips, perhaps it belonged to someone famous:

Shakespeare's Chair victimized by Jefferson and Adams as tourists (http://thehistoryinsider.blogspot.com/2011/12/not-long-after-america-won-its.html)

teetwoohsix
12-06-2011, 11:16 AM
That was a cool write up, thanks for posting that. It's also interesting that they say "according to the custom".......where are those chips? :D They're probably worth a fortune.......

Sincerely, Clayton

Griffins
12-06-2011, 11:24 AM
When my mom was a growing up in London in the '30's they used to take school field trips to Stonehenge, where they were handed a hammer and chisel and told to chip off a souvenir. Guess it was a pretty common practice back then to deface anything in search of a momento.

Runscott
12-09-2011, 01:07 PM
That was a cool write up, thanks for posting that. It's also interesting that they say "according to the custom".......where are those chips? :D They're probably worth a fortune.......

Sincerely, Clayton

My pleasure. I went to school with the author - very studious and interesting guy.

I wonder - as you say, those chips have to be somewhere. Same thing with the Stonehenge chips the other poster mentioned.

Cardboard Junkie
12-14-2011, 05:13 PM
When my mom was a growing up in London in the '30's they used to take school field trips to Stonehenge, where they were handed a hammer and chisel and told to chip off a souvenir. Guess it was a pretty common practice back then to deface anything in search of a momento.

Oh man , I was there, (Stonehenge) in 1976. All broken bottles and grafiti spray painted on the rocks. Now I hear it is cleaned up and protected, at least I hope so. Aloha, Dave.