Inside the butler's pantry in Sandringham House, just beside a small cupboard containing Sloe wine and several crystal glasses; is a small secret door discretely set into the carved wainscoting. Behind the door is a long stone staircase leading down to the wine cellar where the King keeps his favourite tipples.
The wine cellar has many little rooms that are set aside exclusively for the use of the Royal mice. The mice families ( for there are many) have lived there for generations and were first employed by the Great Queen herself, to tend to her cellars ensuring they are kept clean and tidy and to keep a watchful eye on the servants who occasionally were tempted to sample the sweet sherry from its cask.
The cellar mice are very small you see, and can reach the most tiniest nooks and crannies with their little dusters and they have the keenest eyes - ready to report any problems to the King personally.
The King repays them for their service by providing each family with a neat little apartment, and food and beverages from the Royal kitchens.
This little diorama is a copy of one of them.......
This small suitcase with basket design Width8" x Height 5 ¾" Depth 3" (closed) x Depth 8 ½ " (opened) houses the home of a cellar mouse.
1 little mouse
Fitted wood slice shelves and acorn cup candle holders/ containers
Tree root and cellar background with illustrated jewelled twinkling candles
A fitted dresser
A shelf bed with fitted brown wool carpet ( from the king's Sandringham sheep) for warmth
A little sleeping bag with a soft down pillow
A wood strip floor
A hessian Carpet
Cosy Armchair with tartan cushion
A small tea tray
A side table
A decorative ornament
2 cups of tea with saucers
Cutlery for two ( knives, forks & spoons)
A plate of 3 saffron and honey cakes
A plate of 2 Fairy cakes and an iced shortbread biscuit
Crabapple and blueberry tart
A serving plate
An acorn bowl with steamed suet pudding with a cherry sauce
2 glasses of cherry cordial
A jar of Sandringham honey
A bowl of cream and chive sauce
A minnow en-croute with peas and roasted tomatoes
A field mushroom en-croute with spinach and roasted tomatoes
A wooden table
Small items could pose a choking hazard, not suitable for very young children, children 9+ Parental discretion advised. Please note the tiny honey pot is made of glass with resin "honey" inside.
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Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery
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I have included guidelines as to the age appropriateness of each diorama, but it is only a guide. I advise parental judgement. Some items are very small and would not be suitable for very young children as they may pose a choking hazard. All materials I use are non toxic.