He … is easily the most recognized name in American history. So
famous is our Man … so famous is he in fact … that a piece of
jewelry … a gold and shell cameo bangle bracelet … was made with
his profile carved on the cameo. Let me tell you a couple of things
about our guy.
He was an author … a publisher … a scientist … a public
servant … a diplomat … and was even referred to in that greatest
of all tomes … the Encyclopedia Britannica … as “the first
Ya wanna hear some precious pearls that dripped from his lips and
pen in enviable wisdom? Here’s one: “A word to the wise is enough,
and many words won’t fill a bushel.” Here’s another: “God helps them
that help themselves.” Breathes there a soul out there, I wonder …
who has not heard these words at one time or another in his or her
He was born on Milk Street in Boston. As a young adult he was known
to have a “strong sexual drive” and as such finished up having
trysts with “low” women and ended by having a son named William
whose mother was never identified. I tend to zero in on the
whispering scuttlebutt that pervades our squalid senses. I am a base
man and proud of it.
“The sleeping fox catches no poultry, and that there will be
sleeping enough in the grave,” are more bon mots uttered by our
philosophical man of the past. He advocated rather strongly a
rigorous work ethic and had many things to say as he blazoned his
fundamental beliefs in word and text for all to read and hear.
“Plough deep while sluggards sleep and you shall have corn to sell
and to keep.” Ye gads lads and lassies … does that say it all or
what? Has there ever been a man of letters with thoughts so deep?
Nay, I say. Never. Not then. Not now. Not tomorrow.
A quick aside about the jeweler who made the bangle that held the
cameo that portrayed the profile that brought joy to the wearer of
our outstanding man. His name was Luigi Saulini of the Saulini
family of Rome. In the mid 1800’s this family was known for it
cameo carvings and they specialized in portrait cameos such as the
one you are about to see.
It occurs to me that there might be some of you who have not yet
guessed at the identity of our great American. And so I introduce
him to you. Ladies and Gentlemen … may I present … the king of
kites … the prince of electricity … the author of Poor Richard’s
Almanac … Benjamin Franklin. (Nice first name … dontcha think?)
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at www.tyler-adam.com where you will
scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that says
Tidbits Graphics … and then click on the link that says: Cameo …
where you will see a graphic of our bangle.
And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks. Catch you all
next week. Benjamin Mark
TYLER-ADAM CORP.–Jewelry Manufacturers
Tel – 1-800-20-TYLER