The journal of design and manufactures
[Original papers:] A couple of mistakes in candlesticks., pp. 80-81
80 A Couple of Mistakes in Candlesticks. which, as a poor and prudent man, he would be justified in sinking for the sake of a remote and contingent profit-the market is closed against him. Of course nobody will buy his invention without knowing all about it; and yet, the moment it ceases to be a secret, it ceases, if unprotected, to have a particle of negotiable value. "We trust that Lord Brougham will reconsider this vital part of the question before proceeding further with his measure. No Patent Law reform can be just or satisfactory which does not-at least to the extent of granting a preliminary or provi- sional registration at a nominal cost-enable the skilled and ingenious artisan to carry his invention into the open market and sell it for what it is worth." Lord Granville's Bill is, in many important respects, an improvement on Lord Brougham's. In the first place, it would appear that the total fees for three years' rights are only to be 191., instead of 301. ; but far more valuable is the recognition of the principle of a provisional registration for six months, which is to cost only 21., and is applicable to the whole United Kingdom. In this, as in Lord Brougham's Bill, it is not defined how the fees are to be applied, and one of the clauses (No. 18) seems to point out that some unspeci- fied fees are still to be paid to the Attorney and Solicitor-General. Minute criticism at present is needless, as both Bills are referred to a select committee in the House of Lords, where they will be discussed, and are likely to be modi- fied. The Society of Arts Committee has had its due influence, and there is no doubt that it now practically rests with inventors and manufacturers them- selves to determine the extent of the remedies they desire to have. A COUPLE OF MISTAKES IN CANDLESTICKS. OF the many hundred designs we have at different times examined in which a single figure does duty as Caryatid, we have scarcely ever seen one in which the great difficulties such a treat- ment entails have been success- fully met and overcome. Some- times the figure has to be grasped; sometimes a Hercules carries, with infinite muscular exertion, a load at the weight of which a school-boy would laugh; and sometimes a delicate female carries on her devoted head quite enough to break the back of a Samson. To the last of these anomalous classes the specimen in question belongs, and neither the grace of the figure, nor the light and pretty treatment of the cornucopia she is supporting, can reconcile us to the discre- pancy between her proportions and those of the burden she is doomed to bear in perpetuo. The basket at the top is extremely elegant, and the execution of the whole tasteful and pretty. The base is a decided failure, being not only too heavy in mass for the rest of the design, but com- pounded of uncomfortable con- ventional shell-work, and directly imitative foliage. A little piercing would have rendered it much more pleasing.
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