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Figure 1. ‘Oil painting of a man smoking an opium pipe’ (Science Museum, London). This painting of a man smoking an opium pipe used to hang in the opium den run by Ah Sing (d. 1890), in New Court, Victoria Street, London. Ah Sing’s opium den was the model for the one described in Charles Dickens’ unfinished final story 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'. It was probably the most famous of the dens in Victorian London and Dickens was just one of a number of well known individuals who visited it – presumably for research purposes. Maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe.
by Xuelei Huang and Gemma McLean-Carr
Maker unknown, “Speculaas mold in the shape of a gun”, date and dimensions unknown, sold at Van Gils Antiek.
by Caro Verbeek
Ethyl maltol
by Dr R. Claire Bunschoten