Interesting kids down the block. Their chalk drawings inspired this haiku: Hopscotch? Much too tame. / These kids are C.S.I. fans / or quite macabre. And their art got me thinking about death and taxes and impending changes to the federal estate tax.
Another nice tiara, originally Thurn und Taxis, sold in '92 to pay death duties, then sold again, I believe, in 2005. The pear diamonds on top are detachable. The sketch of the Furstin Margarethe Clementine, Duchess of Mecklenberg-Strelitz (married Erbprinz Carl Alexander von Thurn und Taxis, who succeeded his father as Fürst in 1805) calls wearing a tiara as a hair ornament the "Napoleonic style" followed even after the Bourbon restoration in 1815
Alice in Wonderland facts: fact #12: Carroll gave the manuscript of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Alice Liddell as a Christmas gift, but she had to sell it when her husband died to be able to pay death duties.
Caulke Abbey by Colin'sPic's, via Flickr. The site was an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII. The present building, named Calke Abbey in 1808, was never actually an abbey, but is a Baroque mansion built between 1701 and 1704. The house was owned by the Harpur family for nearly 300 years until it was passed to the Trust in 1985 in lieu of death duties.
library at Calke Abbey, 18th century (1701-1704) English country house presented by The National Trust as illustration of a country house in a state of decline, as it was passed to the Trust in lieu of death duties in the 1980s, UK