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‘Downton Abbey’ merchandise
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The upstairs-downstairs crew of “Downton Abbey” returns to PBS Sunday (Jan. 5) for a fourth season of glove-buttoning, of Lady Mary-soothing and of vigorous silver-polishing. New this season, however, is a blitz of “Downton” merch — beyond the usual mug-DVD-calendar realm. Here are some examples of aristocratic immersion, no peerage required:
Yes. Paint. A London paint company is marketing two colors of interior paint actually used on the show: “Amber Grey,” the same used in the mansion’s kitchen, and “Empire Grey,” which is used in the butler’s pantry. The company has been selling paint to film and TV companies since the 1920s and uses mixes that date back as far as the 1880s, according to the Guardian newspaper. Info: mylandsoflondon.wordpress.com.
Back in the day, no aristocratic woman swanned about unadorned. Tiaras, drop earrings, pearls and delicate (and gem-encrusted) pendants were the rage. Several lines of both officially licensed “Downton Abbey” and “Downton”-inspired jewelry are available, just in time to beat the winter blahs. A crystal leaf brooch or a pair of sparkling drop earrings might make you feel just a tad bit entitled. Info: shoppbs.org, 1928.com.
“Fifth-generation winemaker Jean-Marc Dulong (whose ancestors might well have made the very wines enjoyed at Downton)” is behind blanc and claret that bear the stately Crawley manse on the label as well the “Downton Abbey” name. If you have a butler to go down to the cellar and fetch it, pour it and then wash the glass when you’ve finished, all the better. Info: downtonabbeywine.com.
Melissa Davis, NWArts&Life editor