Not often I ask anyone for help. Must be a Man thing, like driving around for a whole day rather than stopping and asking for directions. Mind you while I was on the Bomb Squad I did crack once looking for the local police station and told my driver to pull up alongside a promising looking native, but merely winding my window down so I could talk to him set the oik orf.
‘WHAT D’YOU WANT, SQUADDIE?’ he bawled at me revealing some quite shocking dentistry. I got a good look as he insisted on holding his face only six inches away from mine.
You can imagine I was somewhat taken aback. So much so, in fact, that had I recoiled any further, my head would have been in my driver’s lap.
‘…I’m looking for the police station?’
‘WHICH ONE, SQUADDIE?!!’
‘You mean there’s more than one?’ Naturally I was confused, this was only a small
town after all. Norfolk
‘MUST BE THOUSANDS, SQUADDIE! EVERY TOWN HAS ONE!’
While my Corporal Driver was pissing himself at his Captain’s obvious disquiet and, I couldn’t help but notice, chewing the top of his steering wheel to prevent himself bursting out in laughter (which would have been downright insubordinate), I tried again.
‘Er, the police station in THIS town?’
‘HASN’T GOT ONE SQUADDIE!’
We found it in the end learning the salutary lesson that if you want decent directions, ask a policeman…
What I would like from you, dear readers (all three of you) is advice on a small but very cherished bronze I fell in love with and just had to buy.
It is bronze, not spelter, it is too heavy for that, and is signed either O or D Hafenrichter. This little lady stands 30cms tall from the base of her plinth to the tip of her outstretched arm. It isn’t that clear in the following photos but while the rest of her is a golden bronze colour, her garland and the flower between her breasts have a subtly contrasting copper tint. She is incredibly detailed right down to her finger and toe nails as well as her facial features. If you were to be ungentlemanly enough to flick her raised foot, she rings softly like a bell.
I have tried googling Hafenrichter but come up with very little.
I would be very grateful if anyone out there in the blogosphere could tell me a little bit more about this Art Deco beauty and her obviously skilled creator.
Just looks a bit tarnished to me so I will get the Scotchbrite and Brasso out. That'll really make her shine.