The tortoise was given to the V& A in the 1800s by Lady Schreiber. So sad to think that it has not been loved by a collector since. But I applaud the V&A for sharing its treasures on the Internet. Yay! If I ruled the world, I would require all museums to either share their collections on the Internet or release them onto the market. That being said, I know building digital records takes money, and I remain ever grateful to museums that simply allow me to visit and photograph their treasures to share with you. As for those that want a fee for access...well, don't get me started on that!
While the tortoise is the winner of the Wondrous Award this week, the Weird Award goes to this watch stand.
My friend Stephen Smith and I agree that this has to be amongst the worst reproductions of all time. Definitely worthy of an award, but as to its title....words simply fail me.