Natal Day Greetings
Q This delightful quirky card celebrating a person's birthday is from the late Victorian era. Do the four geese standing on a telescope have any significance?
A Is it definitely a telescope? It seems not to collapse and it is a curious shape for such a device. My first thought was that it was rather more reminiscent of the bit, stem and tenon of a smoking pipe?
Q Come to think of it I haven't seen a telescope with that shape. Does anyone have any ideas about what the object is?
A Having looked at the image I think it is a cigarette holder of the period. If you look at a Dunhill catalogue you will see similar images.
Q So that begs the question what are the geese doing on it?