Moscow Blue, Leonid and Rimma Brailovsky, date unknown
In 1486 the Italian statesman Lorenzo de Medici was presented with a giraffe that quickly became a sensation in the city of Florence, probably a gift from the Burji Sultan of Egypt. Unfortunately, the animal died soon afterwards, becoming stuck in the beams of the Medici villa’s stables and breaking its neck.
The Hunterston brooch, an early Christian brooch with panels of gold filigree combining Celtic and Anglo-Saxon styles, made in the west of Scotland or Ireland around 700 AD.
The neo-Gothic style binding of Longman & Company’s The Preacher, 1849.