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  • * The term “Vandal,” he said, “best describes the roving, independent, free-and-easy character of that class of traveling Americans who are not elaborately educated, cultivated, and refined—and gilded and filagreed with the ineffable graces of the first society.”

    Mark Twain

  • I wear my wedding ring and engagement ring on my right hand, on my left is an antique aquamarine ring that's all filagreed that my Dad gave to me.

    katress Diary Entry

  • In a chamber whose dome was of gold-filagreed ivory, King Akhirom, clad in a white silken robe that made him look even more ghostly, sat cross-legged on a couch of gemmed ivory and stared at Rufia kneeling before him.

    Conan the Freebooter

  • Hundreds of delicate columns of white marble, filagreed and inlaid with gold and mosaics, and with exquisite capitals, rose before me on all sides, which, with the fine tracery of the Gothic windows, formed a vista of perfect classic loveliness.

    Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo Comprising a Tour Through North and South Italy and Sicily with a Short Account of Malta

  • I took to be Mexicans, by their velvet jackets, slashed pantaloons and filagreed hats; darkly weathered, leathery faced, long-haired personages, no doubt scouts and trappers, in fringed buckskins and beaded moccasins; blanket wrapped Indians; and women.

    Desert Dust

  • There was something, too, of the frost-work's evanescent spiritual quality in the scene -- as though at any moment, with a puff of the balmy summer wind, the radiant glade, the hovering figure, the filagreed silver of the entire setting would melt into the accustomed stern and menacing forest of the northland, with its wolves, and its wild deer, and the voices of its sterner calling.

    The Blazed Trail

  • Close mountains green and dense with forest trees, their crests filagreed with redwoods.

    The Sisters-In-Law

  • As a general thing, we have been shown through palaces by some plush-legged filagreed flunkey or other, who charged a franc for it; but after talking with the company half an hour, the Emperor of Russia and his family conducted us all through their mansion themselves.

    The Innocents Abroad

  • They wore every variety of dress, from that of the desperate thimble-rig bully, with velvet waistcoat, fancy neckerchief, gilt chains, and filagreed buttons, to that of the scrupulously inornate clergyman, than which nothing could be less liable to suspicion.


  • The frames are broad but not deep, and richly carved, without being _dulled _or filagreed.

    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 5


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