There was much input from the producers as to how cluttered, how personal, and what his bedroom would say about the character of Higgins. I've always felt that any set should tell a story even before we know who lives there. Do they read a lot, collect things, are they religious, are they sentimental, a romantic, an egomaniac? All of these things can be indicated by their environment (set decoration) before we even know much about the character. In the case of such a well established role of Higgin's the caretaker of the Robin Master's estate, we see that he is very traditional, fairly ordered, obviously living in a past era of English tradition. There is a vase of mine that I used in this set. I don't think it is visible in any of the photos (I'm sure I have more somewhere I will eventually dig out). The vase was made out of copper and on front it says (above) "The Sun Never Sets...........(below) "On the British Empire." This sort of summed up Higgin's formality and memories of past glories (imagined or realized) in life. By this time in his life, the sun had set on the British Empire and Higgin's was now a loyal caretaker.
The textured walls that were used for the interior sets of the Master's estate were made of plywood, then covered with hand troweled joint compound (wallboard plaster), then painted, and then a sort of ink substance applied and wiped off that gave an aged, rough plaster look. In some cases an additional "dust age" was used of diatimacious earth inside a sprayer. You did not want to be around when this was sprayed! The stock moulding of the set was produced at Universal Studios molding (moulding for those of you in the UK) department and shipped over. The set walls were usually 10 feet tall since the camera seldom saw over 8 feet. Small sections of ceiling could be place overhead when needed, but seldom were.
Hey aren't people supposed to comment on these blogs??!! HELLO....is anyone out there? Ok, time to scan some more photos................Aloha