The Palmist as a Young Man

By beatrice behlen on 29 Nov 2010

Since my first blog on Cheiro, quite a lot has happened and I had to rethink my approach somewhat. As you might have gathered from my tone, I was, and I guess still am, quite sceptical about Count Hamon’s own version of his life story. Now that I have exchanged quite a few emails with Judy, whose father knew Hamon’s wife, and who has told me more about the Countess’s later years, I have realised that while this might still be the tale of a con artist of sorts, it has a sad ending, which casts a shadow over the […]

Shoes and Palmistry

By beatrice behlen on 9 Nov 2010

I often seem to be more interested in the former wearers of objects in our collection than the objects themselves. That is even more true in the case of former owners who seem to resist revealing themselves. The following (and I’m afraid there will be more than one instalment) could be the script of a silent movie, complete with over-made-up villain, deceivingly pretty villainess and impressively shocked bystanders, although the writer of the title cards for this one would have their work cut out. Where to start? Well, it’s always good to begin with some lovely shoes. The image below […]