“Autumn nights carry an unnatural chill in the air as ghosts float with the breeze, and the sounds of demonic processions carries eerie and ancient hymns through the woods. These nights where the roads are littered with fallen leaves and strange beings drift to and fro, many travellers long for the comfort of light. Lamps dot the road-sides of many routes in Hiraeth, many left behind by old kingdoms, attracting travellers to stop and collect themselves before pressing forwards– but many forget to be wary of the beacons that don’t show the rust of age, for they could be a ravenous Nythalound.
A beast who breeches from the earth to snap up prey, the Nythalound’s head is adorned with a mock-lamp to attract prey. Their lights glow with a spectral, purple tint, but it’s subtle hue can be lost upon desperate travellers. Throughout most of the year they act as normal beasts, but during Autumn they heed the call of their master, Baron Elweth Abscon, master of haunting festivities. The Baron sends out invitations across the land for the people of Hiraeth to join him at his manor in the Fae Realm. Those with no incredible powers must do the unthinkable, and present the invitation to the light of a Nythalound’s lamp. The beast will arise from the ground peacefully and carry the invited guest on their back to the manor of their lord, in time for the celebrations.”
Collection’s Highlight: Early 19th Century 3 Piece Suit
According to our records, and family lore, this suit was worn by John M. Bowers (1772-1846) when he took possession of his new home “Lakelands” in Cooperstown, New York, in 1805. Bowers might have also worn this suit during his 1802 wedding to Margaretta Stewart Wilson (?-1872). Lakelands still stands today commanding a stunning view of Lake Otsego.
The coat is of black velvet and cut with a high waist and very long tails. The waist coat is a delicate cream-colored silk with metal thread embroidery and sequins. The breeches are a brown ribbed silk. The breeches go to the knees, as was the fashion in the early 19th century, the fall front had not yet been replaced by the button fly.