Saving Shakespeare's Birthplace
8. Sale fever!
Huge interest in the sale of Shakespeare’s house led to the development of all sorts of ‘spin off’ items. Many were unconnected with the fundraising efforts of the committees, their creators simply keen to cash in on Shakespeare’s high profile.
Nightlight or cigar holder, about 1847
Made by Copeland
The design for a ceramic, Birthplace shaped nightlight or cigar holder was registered on 21 September 1847, within a week of the sale. Smoke from the cigar or candle inside escaped through the chimney.
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J V Quick produced a folding birthplace model, which he described as a 'splendid Chimney Ornament' for the home. There were plans for a Birthplace shaped silver brooch and commemorative medal.
A number of books and special editions appeared including The Family Shakspeare by T Bowdler. It left out any words and expressions which could not 'with propriety be read aloud in a family'. There was also a range of Shakespeare themed stationary