The HK House of Peers and Harmony Kingdom offers you the
opportunity to win an extremely rare David Lawrence prototype. This
wonderful box figurine prototype of Hemingway is #001, being the first pre-production
model. At the same time you would be
assisting NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill), a grass roots
organization dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement
quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases. All proceeds from this
auction will be donated to NAMI in
the winners name.
(2.25"h x 2.25"w x 1.75"d)
This wonderful figurine was created by
Master Carver David Lawrence for Harmony Kingdom. Hemingway, which plays on
the Harmony Circus theme, was designed by David in 2003 and produced in England's Wimberley Mills.
Hemingway (TJDLFR) was issued
as a Fixed Edition of 2,500 pieces worldwide in January 2004.
Hemingway HK Secrets:
Beppo the clown, of Harmony Circus fame, has
given his brother Barney a box of "Golden Moments" cigars for his
birthday. But what a surprise! A frog sits languorously inside the
cigar box with his feet resting on a golden ball, a reference to
the children's fairy story "The Frog Prince." Another label reads
"For Mr. Wormold 59200/5." This refers to the hero of Graham
Greene's novel "Our Man in Havana" (where all the good smokes come
from). One very obscure label refers to "25 Gaspers." Inside we
find the sad evidence of the frog's fate and demise: a bone marked
"Pattes des Grenouilles" - this is the gastronomic French delicacy
of "Frog's Legs." Ironically, David said he had never eaten frog's
legs until the day after he had delivered this sculpture to the
factory. Then, while dining out on his 21st wedding anniversary in
a tiny Devon fishing village, he came across the dish on the menu
- and in view of his recent work felt he had to try it, if only
for the purposes of research. Daughter Rose asked him later what
they tasted like. "A bit like chicken," he replied. This is the
118th figurine David has carved for Harmony Kingdom. The signature
acorn is located on the back of the lid, top right.
This Hemingway prototype
has several differences from the final production model:
The lid lacks the alignment notch on its outer edge.
The base does not have the receiving indent for the notch.
The magic ball in this prototype is a pale light green, where the
production piece has a golden ball.
Although all the hallmarks are on the lid, there is no crown stamp on this piece.
Hemingway Prototype Interior
The bottom of the box is
marked DL FROG ON CIGAR BOX #001.
Please do not miss out on this great
opportunity to add a very rare and very special piece to your
collection! You will not only bring joy to yourself, but you will
help bring joy to those who NAMI supports.
was held on eBay
ended August 8, 2004
raising $330.99 for NAMI
NAMI is the nation's leading grassroots organization solely dedicated
to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses
(major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders). Their
efforts focus on support to persons with serious mental illnesses
and to their families. They advocate non-discriminatory and
equitable federal and state policies; increased research funding
into the causes, symptoms, and treatments for mental illness; and
education to eliminate the pervasive stigma toward severe mental
illness. Through advocacy and education, NAMI translates
biomedical research advances into effective treatment and services
for individuals with serious mental illness.
This is a charity auction sponsored by the HK House of Peers to benefit NAMI.
Visit the eBay auction for specific auction details.
If you have any questions about this auction, e-mail the [HOP Charity Coordinator]
at [firstname.lastname@example.org] before bidding.