Number 6 “it’s not the same!”
Number 2 “Same?”
Number 6 “You’ve changed things, little things. This rubbish is not mine, this should be guilt not silver.”
Number 2 “I shouldn’t try that line with him if I were you, Number 6 has a very strong sense of territory, you won’t shake him on his possessions.”
And so what of the prisoner’s personal possessions, the furniture, pictures, prints, paintings, ornaments, fixture and fittings of ‘6 private’ and No 1 Buckingham place?
It could have been the case that once the abduction of the prisoner the removal men moved in, stripped out the entire contents of the lounge of the prisoner’s home, packed everything up and transported it to the village just in time to fit out the lounge of ‘6 private’ just in time for the prisoner’s arrival.
Well it could have happened like that, but it would have been a bit of a tight schedule with all that packing and unpacking, not to mention the transportation all the way to the village from
And then of course there is ‘Many Happy Returns’ and the prisoner escape’s from the village, and as soon as Number 6 sets sail aboard his raft the entire contents of the lounge of ‘6 private’ has to be packed up and shipped back to London and fitted out in No 1 Buckingham Place ready for Mrs Butterworth to take up residence in time for the return of the previous tenant.
But of course if that isn’t enough, after the Prisoner has been fed, washed, shaved and attired out properly he leaves Mrs Butterworth and drives off in her lotus seven, leant to him on condition that he fixes that nasty overheating, and he must forget to come back, she might even bake him a birthday cake.
Of course the prisoner doesn’t come back and Mrs Butterworth knows that he will not becoming back as she stands there on the pavement waving the prisoner off on his way. Mrs Butterworth then vacates No 1 Buckingham Place as soon as the prisoner has left, the removal men move in yet again, strip everything out of the lounge, pack it all up and transport it all back to the village in readiness for the prisoner’s happy return.
Then again this whole procedure has to be repeated in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’, well of course that’s quite ridiculous to try and carry out that kind of operation, it would be a complete waste of time and man hours, not to mention a great deal of work all for nothing.
Much better to have a huge, vast warehouse somewhere close to the village, stocked with every conceivable item one might wish for, and for items that could not be found and purchased, then craftsmen of every kind would be on hand to replicate any individual piece of pottery, furniture, metal work, figurines, statuettes, pictures painting, prints, carpets, rugs anything and everything. There would also be countless fixtures and fitting from every country and every style ready to fit out any cottage ready for a new arrival.
Any work need to be carried out on any particular cottage in readiness for any particular new arrival is carried out at night when the entire residents of the village were asleep, and well in advance of any such new arrival. This would entail interior structural alterations inside a cottage, painting and decorating and totally fitting out to make it a real ‘home from home’ cottage for any new arrival, an exact replica of their own home of course.
But then only one room of any cottage can be fitted out as an exact replica of a room found in a resident’s former home, from which they have been abducted and in which they will wake up in here in the village.
Well we can hardly replicate full sized houses now can we, think of the time and man power it would take, say to replicate the entire house of No 1 Buckingham Place, it just couldn’t be done, certainly not in the confines of the village, that is why only the lounge of No 1 Buckingham Place was ever replicated in ‘6 private’ anything more would be clearly impossible.
Concerning the matter of replicated items, in ‘Hammer into Anvil’ there is a fight scene between Number 6 and Number 14 which takes in ‘6 private’, and during the fight many items are bashed into and over turned, items which after wards will need replacing, or replicated. Not forgetting of course the structural damage to both the railings and French window through which number 6 throws number 14, taking the railings of the balcony with him!
As regarding the lounge of No 1 Buckingham Place replicated in ‘6 private’, it is not an exact replication of the original, there are certain subtle differences. Like the small window above the couch upon which the prisoner first awakens in his new ‘home from home’, the French window leading out onto a small balcony and the door of the lounge which in No 1 Buckingham Place opens into the hallway, but in the Village is actually the door to the cottage ‘6 private.’
Also whilst Mrs Butterworth is in residence at No 1 Buckingham Place she has made on or two subtle changes, her deceased husband photograph upon the mantle piece for one.
And quite obviously she didn’t like the gold coloured screen to the left of the door as you look at it, because it isn’t there, however when number 6 in the guise or body of the Colonel returns to his London home in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ the gold coloured screen has been replaced, yet the heavy wood carving above the couch where upon the prisoner awoke, has been replaced with a framed oriental, possibly Japanese, piece of work, the edge of which can be seen in the picture above. But it seems that someone has slipped up and has replaced the oils painting and two prints not with the three caricatures, but by three water colour paintings!
Also on the back wall of the lounge there are three colour prints of caricatures of past notable figures of their time, removed by Mrs Butterworth and replace with an elaborately framed oil painting of a dancer and two indistinguishable prints to give the lounge that feminine touch, rather than the masculine one of its former resident. Yet she kept the heavy wood carving, which she must obviously have liked.
Be seeing you