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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Update.

Well as promised here's some photos of the interior of the room box at night with the lights switched on.
           I do apologise for the size and amount of photos in this post, i have to say when i first switched on the lights i was quite set back how different it made the inside look i often sit down at night in the lounge with just a table lamp on so i also decided to place it in the room and see how it look to be honest i couldn't take my eyes off it neither could my wife, in fact everyone who has visited has been pleasantly addicted to sitting next to it! so i hope you all like the images I've chosen for your viewing.
 
The next set of images show the secret compartment which slides up from the very top.
 
This then reveals a draw which contains quite a rare treasure, some of my Spanish friends may recognise this coin or a more familiar name piece of eight. The original "treasure coins." Struck and trimmed by hand in the 1500s through 1700s at Spanish mints in Mexico, Peru, and Colombia (among others), silver and gold cobs are handsomely crude, nearly all with a cross as the central feature on one side and either a coat-of-arms (shield) or a tic-tac-toe-like "pillars and waves" on the other side. Silver cobs are known as "reales" and gold cobs are known as "escudos," with two 8 reales (about 27 grams each) equalling one escudo. Some cobs were struck with a date, and most show a mint mark and an initial or monogram for the assayer, the mint official who was responsible for weight and fineness. Size and shape were immaterial, which means that most cobs are far from round or uniform in thickness. Cobs were generally accepted as good currency all around the world, and were the exact coins pirates referred to as "pieces of eight" (8 reales) and "doubloons" (any gold cobs but originally 2 escudos).
This particular coin was minted at Potosi. The silver was taken by llama and mule train to the Pacific coast, shipped north to Panama City, carried by mule train across the isthmus of Panama to Nombre de Dios or Portobelo whence it was taken to Spain on the Spanish treasure fleets many of which were wrecked or pilaged by pirates.
This particular coin shows evidence of chop marks where the coin would have had pieces literally chopped off to use as a less currency i will disclose the location of where i found this to the new owner.
I have to apologise again for my last post as the riddle on the back was unreadable i guess that was just me rushing lol anyhow here's a fully readable version for all.
 
                                            
                                                                        Ancient code of order stand
                                                       Beneath the souls of superior grand
                                                       Secrets hold that bound there world
                                                       To guard the chance of second hurl
                                                         Dormant want to those that deem
                                                    And reap the chance to end there beam
                                                             Silent men women and child
                                                             Forever lost in centuries wild
                                                   Ye follow the eclipes for riches and fame
                                                     And if ye would prosper, do ye the same.

All im going to say is the riddle takes into account some of the items within the room box and its not as simple as it many appear to be!! Now i'll let you all ponder .
Have a great week everyone.  Tony.
 



13 comments:

  1. I have been quiet for a while, but I have been watching you make this truly outstanding and sublime piece! It's just mesmerising in everyway and completely understand why with the lights out how this would look in a room! The attention to detail is second to none and the light inside that box takes on a magical and wonderful moody ambience all of its own!!!

    Stunning in every single way possible! A true master-piece Tony!! I simply adore it!
    Michelle ;o)

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  2. The entire concept is as wonderful as it is beautiful. I wish I could sit and look at it too.

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  3. WOW! Exquisite. Now to ponder over that riddle.

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  4. Breathtaking work, Tony, I would love to see this beautiful work with my own eyes (the pictures are quite tiny).....it is exquisite!
    Unfortunately my knowledge of the English language is not that good for thinking about the riddle..... :)!
    Ilona

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  5. Your sense of wonder, magic, and mystery is evident in every piece, but no more so than in this one. Such a treasure!

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  6. Awesome! Im really amazed at the detail and the pirate treasure that included.


    Marisa

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  7. It is rather mesmerizing just having photos! I can imagine how awesome seeing it in person is. Very well done, beautiful piece. I've enjoyed every minute of it :)

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  8. I think Tony is beautiful what you've done. Just perfect!. I really like the documentation of the pieces you do. It is a treat to behold thy works. Congratulations Inma

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  9. Hello,

    I haven't been able to access my blog site for a while, so have only just seen both of your room boxes, they are both exquisite, the watch makers is full of wonderful detail, and the treasure box is perfect for all the things you have found over the years, it's a great idea, and I am sure it will inspire a lot of people too!

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  10. This is amazing, breathtaking, gorgeous... The most beautiful and interesting roombox ever. Congratulations!

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  11. Lovely work, Tony, another gorgeous treasure and with a mysterious puzzle, no less...delicious!! What a treat to be able to admire every beautiful detail in person!

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