Art Nouveau Hall Stand

Art Nouveau Hall Stand in oak with inlaid copper panel, “East.West.Home’s.Best”, possibly Liberties, late 19th to early 20th C.

The proverb isn’t especially old. It first appeared in print in a collection of international proverbs by the English writer Walter Keating Kelly, Proverbs of all Nations, 1859. It appears that Kelly introduced it into English as a translation of an earlier German proverb:

‘East and west, at home the best’ (German).…Ost und West, daheim das Best. 

The English preacher Charles Spurgeon used a variant of it in John Ploughman’s Talk, 1869

East and west, Home is best.



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