Saturday, January 4, 2014
Get ready for Season 4: 9 odd Downton Abbey trinkets
In case you need a $750 painting of Mrs. Hughes.
The British series Downtown Abbey returns for its fourth season (to U.S. audiences, that is) on Sunday night on PBS. Sunday, please hurry.
In honor of the show’s glorious return to our airwaves, I found 9 of the strangest Downton Abbey-themed items you can find online. God bless the Internet.
1 – Trading cards from seasons 1 and 2.
Now you can live out your dream of getting together with your friends and bragging about how you have an autographed Mr. Carson and they don’t.
Etsy is a treasure trove of Downton-inspired items. This artist has an entire series of prints, titled “Houndton Tabby,” in which the characters are re-imagined as cats or dogs. This one is my favorite, but they are all amazing.
3 – Downton Abbey English Rose Tea (caffeine free, which is more genteel, I guess?)
4 – This cross-stitch pillow of the Downton estate
This one is significant to me not because it’s weird (although it kind of is), but because of its price tag: $750. The artist also has portraits of Matthew, Lady Edith and Mr. Carson, all at $750 a pop.
A Downton Christmas ornament isn’t odd in theory, but … why the car? It’s even got poor old Tom at the wheel.
7 – Lady Violet Crawley’s sass in greeting card form
I have to admit it. I am actually tempted to buy this one. I mean, it’s Lady Crawley listening to some tunes on her iPhone.
8 - Mincemeat tarts
I don’t have anything to say about this except a polite “no, thank you.”
There’s a claret and a Sauvignon blanc. Perhaps one pairs nicely with a packaged mincemeat tart?
So, would you spend any of your hard-earned money on any of these items? Let us know in the comments.