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Clock and watch-making was a subject which attracted a great deal of attention, and a large number of clocks were made, which were objects of considerable pride to their owners. Many of the earlier clocks only went for thirty hours with one winding, and instead of a key they were often wound by pulling down the cords on which the weights were suspended. The DRESSING and BEDROOMS at this time were used as reception-rooms of an informal character, and women vied with each other in the display of sumptuous and luxurious surroundings in their personal domains.

The result was only a copy of the more expensive material, and though it might give a superficially rich effect, would not appeal to fastidious tastes. The process was originally invented, it is said, by John Lanyer in 1636, but at that date was used with canvas and other textile grounds for floor-coverings as well " counterfeit damasks as hangings. Perhaps these were the with which Mrs. Pepys' closet was at one time hung. in glue or ' " " (a stitch taken diagonally across a single thread of coarse linen or fine canvas) was also used for wallhangings in obvious imitation of woven tapestries, which, Petit Point when evenly worked, it much resembles.

The custom of tea drinking, which was beginning to be a in the seventeenth century they fashionable luxury were still far led to a among Londoners, demand for suitable equipages for the tea-table. Genuine Oriental porcelain was very scarce and expensive, the Elers brothers there- fore started the manufacture of tea-pots in imitation of a kind of red Chinese ware, for which they had discovered a suitable kind of clay. This pottery is beautifully made and finished, and often is decorated with a raised sprig of blackthorn or prunus.

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