Sunday, December 08, 2002

Fellow Belleekers !! (lettre # 6.6)



Our NEWEST Chapter, the Keystone Chapter in Pennsylvania,
now has their Newsletter posted at :


Besides a wonderful newsletter, they have included a GREAT
picture of their Inaugural Members !!

AGAIN, WELCOME ABOARD Keystone Chapter !!


Ever wondered what's out there, crawling, climbing and
creeping about in your backyard ??

Again, in doing some research on the Web, I discouvered
this VERY exciting Site !!

Unfortunately, like MANY of the Sites about, this one is
ALSO restricted to the United States !! SORRY about that,
I'll ATTEMPT in the future to seek out 'truly' International
Sites !!


Within my OWN Zip Code area, the Pacific Northwest,
specifically, the Puget Sound Area, there are NO less
than 113 Poisonous or Dangerous Animals !! And I thought
I was afraid of the dark !!

** WHAT'S A DEL ?? **

Have you ever found yourself JUST 'sitting around'
discussing the bits and bytes of the Internet ?? AND
WORST of all, EVERY word seems to be a simple moniker
constructed of meaningless 2 to 4 characters ?? Well,
here's a Site you can BookMark the next time you require
a reference for those unknown entities !!

Matisse's Glossary of Internet Terms !!



If you're NEW to the World of Belleek Collecting or an
'Old Hand' Affectionardo, the 'Host' Columbia Chapter of
Oregon has promised ALL Belleekers a WONDERFUL excursion
to the BEAUTIFUL Pacific Northwest !!

Pat, the Convention's organizer, has recommended that
you plan to either arrive a few days early or schedule
several days following the Convention as the Chapter is
offering some exquisite tours of the Pacific Northwest
and surrounding regions !! Check out the 'brief' tour
synopses at my Site for additional information !!

Complete information, including Registration Forms, can
be located thru the EVENTS Page on my Web Site, address
below, OR directly thru the following Link :


Again, if the above Link is NOT Clickable, simply
EDIT/COPY then EDIT/PASTE it in your Browser and GO !!


With the announcements of this years Nobel Prize
Recipients, I have the Honour to Announce the Belleek
Find of the Year, appropriately, presented to the World
Renowned Paleontologist Dr. N. Gary Lane, Professor,
Indiana University (Retired) and his lovely daughter
Susan !! Due to their painstaking research, a recent
discouvery has brought to light a Fossil Belleek
Crinoid !! I quote directly from Susan :

"I noticed from your Website Link at the bottom of your
E-mail that you are interested in old examples of Belleek
Eggcups. I recently acquired one of the most unusual in
terms of design. It's a bit of a long story.

My father is a paleontologist, now retired from Indiana
University. He has specialized in fossils called crinoids;
marine filter-feeding animals related to starfish and sea
urchins. Since the time I was a very young girl, my family
would go out collecting crinoid fossils.

A few years ago, I managed to purchase a 1st Period
Anchorite Candlestick Holder. When it arrived in the
mail, I looked at it and immediately thought, "Gee, it
looks like a crinoid." I really couldn't believe it was
a Belleek crinoid until my sister came by, took one look
at the candlestick holder, and said, "Susan, is that
supposed to be a crinoid?"

Since we were meeting our parents for a father's day lunch,
I decided at the last minute to take it along and show my
dad. He not only was certain that the central part of the
holder was based on a fossil crinoid, but was actually able
to identify the specific species of fossil that was used as
a model. He remarked that to get all the details accurate,
the person who designed the thing certainly had to have a
decent knowledge of paleontology and to have studied that
specific fossil. I suspect that Mrs. Armstrong must have
had a hand in the matter, since she seems to have had an
interest in science. Interestingly enough, the species of
crinoid on the Anchorite Candlestick holder is the most
common crinoid in England, but is not found in Ireland at
all. I believe that the Armstrongs were originally from

You can see what he wrote up on the candlestick holder on
his Website, if you're interested. It is probably the most
scientific description of Belleek you have ever seen.


Anyway, my dad thought that he was getting it for father's
day!! I had to shoot down that idea immediately. Told him
he wasn't getting the candlestick holder, that instead he
was getting that nice cheese basket over here. Well, I had
paid several hundred dollars for the darn thing. Didn't
occur to me that I was supposed to give it away. We ended
up laughing about it, and I lent it to him for several
months to show everyone in the Geology Department.

What's this to do with eggcups? While looking through a
reference book of Belleek - I think it was one of Marion's
paperbacks - I saw an eggcup that looked like just like
the crinoid on the candlestick holder, and a few weeks ago,
I managed to get it on E-Bay!!!! It is exactly like the
central part of the candlestick holder, only the top is
made for holding an egg, not a candle.

This leaves me with a big dilemma. Should I be a GOOD
daughter and give my dad the very old, rare Belleek
Eggcup, or should I be a BAD daughter and keep it like
the candlestick holder? He has never shown the slightest
interest in Belleek until the day I showed him the holder,
but he has spent most of his life studying crinoids.

Haven't made up my mind yet.

I am including a photo of the eggcup, in case you are not
totally bored with the story."

EDITOR's Note : Since I DO NOT practice the publishing
of others photos, I have included here, for your perusal,
a picture of the Anchorite Nitestick from my Connection !!

Anchorite Nitestick !!

A WONDERFUL example of a 1st Period
Belleek Anchorite Candlestick !!
Note, the 'multi-coloured' Shamrock Design !!

Susan continues, and again, I quote :

"I bet no one has known of the Anchorite Candlestick
Holder - fossil connection in over a century, although
its name does give a clue. In England, crinoid stem
segments are sometimes called St. Cusbert's beads (they
are called 'Indian beads' in the US). St. Cusbert was a
religious hermit who lived alone on a tiny little island
off the English coast, and supposedly made a rosary out
of the stem fossils. The word ANCHORITE means a hermit.
Hidden message, anyone???"

(Another) EDITOR's Note : Additional research discouvered
this fascinating Site !! The Anchorite's Cell !!


A final quote from Susan :

"Probably should get the story out. It could be another
hundred years before there is another Belleek Collector
and Paleontology Professor in the same family. Think of
those odds!


PS if anyone comes up with any other fossil Belleek, his
E-mail address is lane@indiana.edu "

And THANK YOU Susan for the Education !! If ANY other
readers out there have an item they would like to share
with their fellow Belleekers, your Editor will ALWAYS
find the space for its inclusion !!


Del E. Domke, Belleek Consultant
16142 N.E. 15th. Street
Bellevue, WA 98008-2711

Telephone : 1 (425) 746-6363
Message : 1 (425) 746-6363
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