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2000.01-09MedicalHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONMedical instruments of the late 19th and early 20th century, from the practice once owned by the father of Sir Michael Foster FRS (1836-1907) at 35 High Street, Huntingdon.
2000.01aMedicalHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONOphthalmoscope with candle stick and lens: the ophthalmoscope is in a rectangular case covered in black leather with purple cloth lining, printed in gold "Hills & Co. 46 Newcomen St., Borough S.E."; there is a lens in the lid of the case, in the bottom is the ophthalmoscope handle of ?ivory and brass, into which screws the working parts, with a revolving disc with 13 holes that can be rotated in front of the single hole in the mirrored disc behind; length of ophthalmoscope 137mm when assembled, of case 79mm. For candlestick and lens see 2000.1b.
2000.01bMedicalHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONFor use with opthalmoscope 2000.1a: brass candlestick with plain circular base and shaft, the top with a bayonet fitting holding the stump of a candle and with a spring inside to push it upwards, ht. 32cms; metal shade to fit over the candle stick, painted green outside and cream inside, with a chimney at the top for the heat to escape but directing the light obliquely downwards, diam. 160mm; and a lens on a stand to direct the light of the candle, the lens in a brass holder on a stalk that pivots on the upright rising from the circular base, lens diam. 50mm, total ht. 245mm.
2000.02MedicalHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONContraceptive douche: a bulb of red rubber that fits into a douche of black and red rubber: used to squirt a spray of soapy water in the vagina after intercourse. Printed in black on the bulb "The Perfectum". Ht. 26cms.
2000.03MedicalHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONAn auriscope for examining the ear: a tube of polished white metal with a removable eyepiece with a lens in one end, with three different-sized funnels to fit to the other end, for insertion in the ear; half-way along the tube a funnel protrudes from the side with a plate of metal inside it angled at 45 degrees, so that a candle shining down the funnel has its light reflected into the ear. The various components are all arranged in a cloth-covered wooden case, black outside and red inside. The auriscope is embossed with "D & D Down Bros St Thomas' Street Borough London"; inside the case is printed in gold "Down Bros Opposite Guys Hospl." Length (without earpieces) 77mm. Case 105 x 92 x 67mm.
2000.04MedicalHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONA spitting-bottle used by tubercular patients: a flattened oval flask of blue glass with white metal screw tops lined with cork at each end, one end wider than the other; all in a cardboard box with a piece of paper as packing. Bottle length 115mm.
2000.05MedicalHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONA miniature hand-held microscope: a small lens, square at one end and round at the other, held in a white metal handle with a spiral grip and ring at the end; all in a small case, lined with red silk and covered with red leather. Length 57mm, length of case 78mm.
2000.06MedicalHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONA tracheotomy set: a mahogany case containing a scalpel; three instruments with hooks on their ends; a sprung, scissor-like instrument (retractor); five curved tubes with plates at the end to stop them going too far in; and four curved inserts to fit inside the tubes. The case has a lock and key (DOESN'T UNLOCK RELIABLY: DON'T USE) and a blank brass shield inlaid in the lid; with plate inside marked "Down Bros., St Thomas's St., London". Case dimensions 202 x 147 x 47mm.
2000.07MedicalHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTwo catheters in a case: two curved tubes of white metal with holes in them at the curved end which enters the bladder, and small handles at the other, open end; one also has a stopper inserted in the open end. In a triangular case lined with blue cloth and covered with purple leather, printed in gold on the inside "J. Weiss & Son 62, Strand, London". Case length 335mm.
2000.08MedicalHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONA cupping set: a cylindrical case of wood covered in purple leather and lined with red cloth (parts of ends missing) containing a brass box with sprung blades that emerge through slits in the base when a trigger is operated, to make the incisions; a small glass phial for the spirit lamp fuel; a glass cup in a wash leather bag; and a brass tube containing a fibrous substance (?wick for the lamp, ?for application to the incisions afterwards). Length of case 195mm.
2000.09MedicalHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONA measuring glass: a small tumbler scratched rather crudely with a scale of up to 4 tablespoons or 8 tea spoons; and a small cylindrical measure with a lip scratched with a scale of 60 minims or 1 drachm. In a cylindrical box of covered cardboard, the smaller glass inside a central cylinder, the lid printed in gold "Medicine glass & minim measure". Glass 65mm high, box 72mm.
2000.10CostumeFrancePARISA tricolor rosette, worn in the Revolution of 1830: a tiny bundle of strips of cloth, red, white and blue (the colours now faded), held together in a twist of green paper. Length 45mm.
2000.11UnclassifiedMexicoNO PROVENANCEA rosary: a small string of dark blue beads to which is attached a tiny metal crucifix, a strip of buff braid, a yellow ribbon with a small book-shaped pouch of yellow cloth on the end, and a purple ribbon with an oval bronze medal with inscriptions in Latin and Spanish
2000.13BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESMineral water bottle by J. Wadsworth of St Ives: large bottle of brown glass with screw top of rubber-based material; the bottle embossed "J. Wadsworth St Ives" with JWSI monogram; the top embossed with the monogram and "trade mark". "A" and "3" embossed under the base. Ht. (without stopper) 250mm.
2000.58LightingHuntingdonshireSPALDWICKA pair of candle snuffers: of rusted metal with elaborately curved handles and standing on three legs; still with charred traces of wicks in the box on the blades and also unusual in that they still have the spring to pull them shut. Length 172mm.
2000.59BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONBottle by Ekins of Huntingdon: of aqua glass, now opaque and with decayed surface; apparently mould-blown with slightly concave base and globular mouth added; moulded rather crudely on the side "Ekins Huntingdon". Ht. 198mm.
2000.60BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONBottle by Marshall of Huntingdon: a well made cylindrical bottle of clear green glass, with slightly concave base and globular mouth, with screw top of black material; the bottle is moulded "Marshall Bros. (Huntingdon) Ltd" with the stag's head trade mark and has "A445" moulded on the base; the top of the stopper has the same wording as the bottle. Ht. (without stopper) 215mm.
2000.61BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESBottle by Wadsworth of St Ives: a glass Hamilton bottle, of fine clear aqua glass; mould blown with added mouth; moulded on the side with "J. Wadsworth St Ives" with monogram. Length 190mm.
2000.62BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESThe stopper of a mineral water bottle by Wadsworth of St Ives: a white glazed pottery stopper with rubber washer round its base and part of the metal harness protruding from holes in the sides; painted in red on the top "J. Wadsworth St Ives" and with the firm's monogram; painted in red on the bottom "Bratby & Hinchliffe Ltd Patent 39". Diam. 25mm.
2000.63PotteryNO PROVENANCEPart of the neck of a Bellarmine jug: grey ware with brown salt glaze, comprising the mouth and part of the face on the neck, the handle broken off. Ht. about 9cms.
2000.64.01-20Crafts SaddlerHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONVarious items from Clayton's saddlers and harness makers, Huntingdon: 1) 38 cardboard price tags; 2) a cylindrical battery-powered torch, black with blue ends, length 134mm; 3) another torch with bullseye lens, blue with black ends, length 172mm; 4) a yellow cardboard box containing cardboard price tags printed "Cash Price", box length 94mm; 5) a card printed "Safety Hat Guards" with two elastic hat guards (to fasten hats to the wearer's clothing) stretched round it, card 128 x 118mm; 6) a cardboard box lid (originally for cartridge cases) holding 4 "Meltonian cloth balls" (3 in their original boxes), for cleaning suede shoes; 7) a cylindrical metal tin, with hole in the lid and brown paper label, of "Mills Web Equipment Khaki Cleaner No. 700", ht. 152mm; 8) a flat, round tin with paper label of "The Ointment" by J. Wise, Market Square, St Neots, diam. 60mm; 9) 2 round tins, wrapped in original printed brown paper wrappers, of "Blanco No. KG3 Khaki Green (Dark)", diam. c.65mm;
2000.64.01-20 (contd. 1)Crafts Saddler10) a cylindrical bottle with red cap and paper label, of "Goddard's Button Polish", diam. 55mm. 11) 2 round tins of "The Original Soldier's Friend Pearl Plate Paste", diam. 60mm; 12) 2 oval plates of white metal embossed "Clayton & Son late Peacock Saddlers Huntingdon", length 44mm; 13) a notebook mostly containing specifications for various pieces of saddlery etc., marked in the front "H. Gilbert c/o Messrs Clayton & Son, Huntingdon", 160 x 105mm; 14) "Walker's Diary for 1928" with MS entries for most of the days, 130 x 90mm; 15) a bundle of three skeins and one reel of thread, white, brown, yellow and orange; 16) a cylindrical tin of black thread with a hole in the lid for it to be pulled out of, diam. 58mm; 17) a metal plate with shaped slots in, stamped "D.R.G.M." (??for protecting cloth when polishing buttons), length 96mm; 18) 2 tickets to Huntingdon Civic Ball, 11th January 1946, 60 x 90mm; 19) a ticket to a Christmas Party for schoolchildren at Huntingdon Town Hall, 20th January (year not stated) in the name of Violet Henman, 75 x 115mm; 20) several buckles and similar.
2000.64.01-20 (contd. 2)Crafts Saddler
2000.65MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESGeneral Service khaki tunic and trousers of Lt Col W.E. Green: the tunic with Northamptonshire Regiment buttons down the front and on the pockets and epaulettes, also regimental badges on the collar; brass rank badges on the epaulettes, though the crown on the left epaulette is missing; two brass belt hangers at the waist. The trousers with label by Tautz & Co., 12 Grafton Street, London W1.
2000.65-70MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESUniforms etc. of Lt Col. W.E. Green, killed in the Dunkirk campaign in 1940. Col. Green, father of the donor, was a St Ives dentist (in the practice of Green, White, Brown and Pink!) and a Territorial - at the time of his death he was commanding the 5th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment, in effect the Huntingdonshire battalion. For brief biographical details, see correspondence between Michael Green and Longsands, where the items were before they came here - filed in INFORMATION Biographical.
2000.66MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESMess kit tunic and trousers of Lt Col W.E. Green: of dark blue cloth, the tunic with high collar, brass buttons of the Northamptonshire Regiment on the front, cuffs, breast pockets and epaulettes; brass rank badges on the epaulettes; two enamelled and gilded regimental badges on the collar; the trousers have a scarlet stripe down the outside seam, taper to a slim fit at the ankle and have buttoned fastenings below the foot; both tunic and trousers have labels by Flights Ltd, 4 New Burlington Street, London W1, with Col Green's name, and the dates 24-1-35 on the trousers and 19-2-37 on the tunic.
2000.67MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESLt Col W.E. Green's khaki peaked cap, with cap badge of the Northamptonshire Regiment.
2000.68MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESLt Col W.E. Green's Sam Browne belt, brown leather with brass buckles and studs.
2000.69MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESMedal bars, buttons and badges from the uniforms of Lt Col W.E. Green: 1) Four medal ribbon bars (two identical sets of two bars each, one bar with five ribbons and the other with three). 2) A piece of cloth to which are fastened: two metal crown badges and one cloth one; five of the square "pips" that combine with the crown to show the rank of Lt Col - one pip is cloth and the other four are metal, some with gilding and/or enamel; a Northamptonshire Regiment metal collar badge; a metal shoulder badge, comprising "Northamptonshire" in openwork, curved; two Northamptonshire regiment buttons. 3) Loose badges, some of which match the ones fastened to the cloth: five metal crowns (one of them very battered and obscure) and one cloth one; five metal pips and one cloth one; a shoulder badge; and a variety of pins and safety pins for fastening.
2000.69 (contd.)MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVES
2000.70MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESLt Col W.E. Green's ceremonial sword and scabbard: the sword has a long polished steel blade and basketwork hilt incorporating a Royal cipher - VR I think; the blade is engraved with another monogram, perhaps NR for Northants Regiment, and "Hunts"; on the other side is "Hobson & Sons, 1,3 & 5 Lexington Street, Golden Square, London W"; the scabbard of brown leather, reinforced at the bottom and with straps and buckles at the top for attachment to a belt. Sword length 98cms, scabbard 84cms.
2000.71BottlesNO PROVENANCEA wooden plug for pushing in the marble used to seal a Codd mineral water bottle: a turned hollow cylinder with a central plug glued inside, the end of the plug hollowed out to fit exactly against the curve of the marble; well made and elegant. Ht. 28mm.
2000.74PotteryHuntingdonshireRAMSEYA miniature flagon of white pipeclay, moulded with classical figures and painted green and gold. Ht. 73mm.
2000.78AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEA jug and eight mugs from the Landkreis Marburg-Biendenkopf: all of brown glazed pottery; the jug has a cork-and-pottery stopper and has the arms and name of the Landkreis on the side in coloured slip, the arms also moulded in relief; there are two large mugs and six smaller ones, the larger ones with the moulded and coloured arms like the jug, the smaller ones with a band of decoration near the rim; several items have a paper label by the makers, Owczarek of Stadtallendorf. Jug ht. (without stopper) 160mm, mug hts. 88 and 44mm.
2001.01Home FrontNO PROVENANCE"Household A.R.P. First Aid Kit": a blue cardboard box with hinged lid, containing: a triangular bandage (and two more still in original paper wrapping); four rolled bandages (and seven more in original paper wrappings); and two one-ounce packages of lint in original paper wrappings. Printed in blue on the lid: "Household A.R.P. First Aid Kit Conforming to Home Office specifications and sufficient for a household of six or seven persons all sheltering in one room. Keep it in a handy place in your refuge-room. [List of contents] In applying dressings, do not bandage too tightly. Johnson & Johnson (Gt Britain) Limited, Slough & Gargrave". Box 240 x 280 x 50mm.
2001.03AdministrationHuntingdonshireST IVESA St Ives Millennium mug: a cylindrical mug of white bone china with loop handle, decorated with gold lines and with a transfer logo on the side showing the bridge chapel and the words "St Ives the Millennium"; another transfer on the bottom reads "Shelley's 01487-813483 bone china England". Ht. 107mm.
2002.01PotteryHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERA late 16th-century tyg: a pot of dark red ware with slightly expanded foot, bulbous body and large flaring mouth, two simple ribbon handles; the top of the pot, both inside and out, treated with a dark brown glaze that has been allowed to run down in large drops towards the bottom; part of the top missing and some of the remaining part glued together. Ht. 137mm.
2002.02Clocks & watchesHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERA small rectangular piece of dense wood, with the stubs of metal pins in it at various places, and engraved on both sides: on one side with simple geometric decoration, on the other with a crude sundial - lines radiating out from a semi-circle and marked with Latin numerals from VI to XII and on to VI again. 47 x 37mm, 4mm thick.
2002.03LightingHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERA pewter candlestick: rising from a wide, circular base, a solid cylindrical shaft flared at the bottom, with expanded flange round the middle and expanding to a cylindrical socket at the top; the base damaged and the central section of it (supporting the shaft) almost torn away. Ht. 135mm.
2002.04AdministrationHuntingdonshireSTEEPLE GIDDINGA parish constable's truncheon: a straight cylinder of wood bevelled at each end; in faded paint are the royal arms and "[illeg.] Steeple Gidding 1763". A rough hole has been drilled through it near the top. Length 48cms.
2002.05TransportHuntingdonshireOFFORD DARCYBrass hubcap, presumably from a handcart or horse-drawn vehicle: a flanged, hollow cap with screw thread on the outside of the inner end, a flange next to it and then an octagonal section (52mm diam, i.e. 2 inches) before the round outer section, engraved on the outer face "BAXTER BROS. OF OFFORD D.ARCY BUILDERS"; stamped on the inside face of the flange is "512". Flange diam. 72mm, ht. 48mm.
2002.06BusinessesHuntingdonshireST IVESA hat brush or clothes brush from Waits and Son of Bridge Street, St Ives: a small wooden handle of polished wood with soft black bristles, the bristles set in a curve (suggesting it is for hats rather than clothes); written in black on one side of the wooden part is "WAITS & SON TAILORS, HATTERS HOSIERS & COMPLETE OUTFITTERS BRIDGE ST ST IVES". Length 255mm.
2003.02BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESMedicine bottle by F.C. Barton Ltd of St Ives: brown glass, of straight-sided oval section and with white plastic top; with printed label "PURE GLYCERINE F.C. BARTON LTD. CHEMISTS BRIDGE STREET, ST. IVES Telephone: ST. IVES (Hunts) 2199"; embossed characters under the base, not very clear but probably including "50" and "CH"; still containing some clear liquid, presumably glycerine. Ht. 116mm.
2003.03Norman CrossA miniature chair cleverly carved from a single piece of bone: the oval shaft of a long-bone has been carved to give an oval seat-frame with four legs below it and a chair back with vertical loops and a cross finial in the centre; horizontal grooves are cut round the seat frame and behind the chair back, with drilled holes at various points; the insides of the chair legs show traces of the spongy structure of the bone marrow; in the seat frame is jammed an oval disc of wood covered on the top with buff cloth. Ht. 77mm.
2004.01UnclassifiedHuntingdonshireST IVESA working scale model of a beam engine: the beam pivots on a pillar rising from a rectangular base, linked to a vertical cylinder at one end of the base (via a Watt's linkage) and to the axle of the flywheel at the other; a smaller wheel on the flywheel axle is grooved to take belt drives; another linkage connects the flywheel axle to a valve mechanism beside the cylinder; with screw-threaded pipe protruding from the cylinder for a steam or compressed air connection, and a plain exhaust pipe sticking out at right angles. Base has "STUART" in relief. Painted green, red and black, on wooden base with removable glass case to cover it. Base plate 38 x 15cms, flywheel diam. 18cms.
2005.02a-fCrafts RopemakerHuntingdonshireST IVESSix netting needles: flat pieces of wood, cut and carved fairly roughly to shape (and several with the pencil lines used in making them still visible); a-e) pointed at one end and bifurcated at the other, with a U-shaped hole near the pointed end; f) smaller than the others and with a slit and hole cut in each end, no U-shaped hole. Lengths 622mm, 548mm, 540mm, 333mm, 295mm and 260mm.
2005.10MilitaryHuntingdonshireSTIBBINGTONCannon ball: a solid sphere of iron with a possible join between two halves of the mould visible at one point (just below the number). Diam. 92mm.
2005.11BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONBottle opener by Goggs and Osborne of Huntingdon: a small lever of white metal, designed so that the end catches under the edge of a "crown cap" bottle top; an expansion in the side of the opener then presses down on the centre of the bottle top, causing the edges to curl upwards and release their grip on the bottle rim. With a hole in one end for suspension. Stamped "GOGGS & OSBORNE LTD MINERAL WATER MANUFACTURERS HUNTINGDON", and on the sides "PLACE OVER THE TOP", "BCM/2WG2" and "MADE IN ENGLAND". Length 89mm.
2005.11 (contd.)Bottles
2005.12a-cCrafts RopemakerHuntingdonshireST IVESThree netting blocks: flat, rectangular pieces of wood, smoothed round the edges in an irregular way suggesting that it results from their being used; 228 x 85mm, 261 x 61mm, 147 x 29mm.
2005.13AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEThe arms of Huntingdonshire County Council, cast in relief in white metal and painted with enamels: a shield with a background of blue and white wavy lines on which is a green lozenge with three wheatsheaves, a battlemented wall and a cornucopia, all in gold; above the shield a helmet with blue and white mantling, topped with a rampant red lion holding a green banner with a gold hunting horn on it; below the shield a red and white scroll with blue lettering: "LABORE OMNIA FLORENT"; three holes for the arms to be fastened to something. Ht. 75cms, width 53cms.
2005.13 (contd.)Administration
2006.01BuildingsHuntingdonshireBROUGHTONA dessicated cat and rat, found behind the hearth of a 17th-century cottage in Broughton: both animals largely complete and intact, though now consisting only of the dried skins with a few teeth and bones protruding; the cat curled up almost as though asleep although with its head raised, the rat spreadeagled with its paws out. Lengths 24cm and 14cm.
2006.01 (contd.)Buildings
2006.02BusinessesHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERSamples of knitting, buttons etc. from Huntingdon Hosiery Mill, c.1930s: 287 cream plastic buttons, diam. 20mm (¾ inch); a card with 24 tortoiseshell plastic buttons, diam. 15mm (5/8 inch); 14 samples of knitting from socks or similar, various colours and some with patterns, each about 90 x 30mm; an unopened reel of cotton thread (Gun brand 3 cord machine cotton, 2000 yards); 3 shaped cards wrapped with samples of "Superior Quality Mending Wool"; 6 empty sample cards with various code numbers written on them, most of the codes including "HH"; and a carefully shaped wooden disc with two slots - for wrapping a sample of wool round, or some other purpose?, diam. 62mm.
2006.02 (contd.)BusinessesHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTER
2006.04AdministrationHuntingdonshireCATWORTHConstable's staff: long, plain wooden pole, painted dark brown with broad band of black round the top, on which are painted the arms and monogram of William IV (1830-37). Length 148cms.
2006.05PotteryHuntingdonshireRAMSEYDecorated plate with scene of ice skating: picture showing skaters in 16th-century costume on a frozen river; painted gold band round the edge. Diam. 227mm.
2007.01MedalsHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONRoyal Red Cross 2nd Class awarded to Ellen Armitage, Matron of Huntingdon County Hospital, for services nursing wounded at Huntingdon Auxiliary Hospital during the First World War: a Maltese cross of white metal with inlaid panels of red ?enamel and a roundel in the centre with a profile head of King George V; hung from a bow of red and blue ribbon with safety pin behind to fasten it on; in a lined and cloth-covered case (by Garrard) with "R.R.C. 2ND" in gold lettering on the top. Cross 35mm across, case 120 x 95mm.
2007.01 (contd.)Medals
2007.02Crafts LeatherHuntingdonshireST IVESWooden signboard, painted with the words: "G & W. DELLAR FELLMONGERS WOOLSTAPLERS"; now faded, but seems to have been in yellow letters on red background; framed, with moulding inside the flat outer frame; right-hand end of frame missing and wood here decayed; present length 126cms.
2007.02 (contd.)Crafts LeatherHuntingdonshireST IVES
2007.03BuildingsHuntingdonshireHAMERTONRoof tile with a message written in the clay while still wet, 21st August 1821: a pantile S-curved in section and with part of a flange on the top edge, of red clay; written on it with a point (perhaps a pencil) in quite an elegant hand: "Queen Carline For Ever x. And King George in the Sea And damn Castleray William What you may call this August 21 1821". 355 x 250mm, almost complete.
2007.03 (contd.)BuildingsHuntingdonshireHAMERTON
2007.04Home FrontNO PROVENANCESmall Child's Respirator: a red rubber face piece with round glass eye pieces framed in white metal; an outlet valve over the nose made from two flaps of rubber that open to allow the wearer to breathe out but close together to prevent air being sucked in; blue elasticated cords to fasten over the back of the head; and over the mouth a blue-painted metal cylinder with perforated base through which a filter is visible. In cardboard box with cloth carrying strap, the box lid printed inside and out with instructioins re the respirator's being government property, and how to pack it and use it. Also in the box is a leaflet from the Ministry of Home Security on anti-gas protection for children, dated July 1939. Gas mask about 11cms high, cylinder diam. 93mm; box 11½ x 11½ cms by 15cms high; leaflet 8pp 165 x 100mm.
2007.04 (contd.)Home FrontNO PROVENANCE
2007.05AdministrationHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERParish constable's truncheon: straight-sided cylinder of turned wood with narrower section for handle, beads at top and bottom of handle and hole through the bottom end for a string or thong; the handle painted dark brown, the rest black, with the arms and cipher of William IV and "W. DEIGHTON GODMANCHESTER 1836" in gold paint below it. Length 43cms.
2007.06AdministrationHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERParish constable's staff: a plain, straight-sided pole painted black, and near the top with the arms and cipher of William IV, "Godmanchester 1830" and the town's fleur-de-lys symbol in gold paint. Length 162cms.
2007.07AdministrationHuntingdonshireHOUGHTONThe broken-off top of a parish constable's staff, a straight-sided pole painted black with a band of brown at the top, and the arms and cipher of George IV, also "HOUGHTON PARISH 1827" in gold paint. Present length 485mm.
2007.08AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCECeremonial truncheon of the Huntingdonshire constabulary: of turned wood, tapered, with beaded handle and expansion at bottom, the handle and bottom left bare wood and the rest painted black with crown and VR cipher, also "HUNTINGDONSHIRE CONSTABULARY" round a garter. Length 395mm.
2007.09AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCECeremonial truncheon of the Huntingdonshire constabulary: of turned wood, with beaded handle and expansion at bottom, the handle and top left bare wood and the rest painted black with crown and VR cipher, also "HUNTINGDONSHIRE CONSTBLY" on a cartouche. Length 380mm.
2007.10AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCECeremonial truncheon of the Huntingdonshire constabulary: of turned wood, with beaded handle and expansion at bottom, the handle and bottom left bare wood and the rest painted black with crown and VR cipher, also "CONSTABLE" on a cartouche; part of a leather thong round the handle. Length 458mm.
2007.11AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCECeremonial truncheon: of turned wood, tapered, with beaded handle and expansion at bottom, the handle and bottom left bare wood and the rest painted black with VR cipher; a leather thong round the handle. Length 455mm.
2007.12MilitaryHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEOfficer's sword and scabbard of the Huntingdon Militia, 19th century: with long slightly curved blade etched "HUNTINGDON MILITIA" and "EDWARDS & SON 9 HANOVER S- LONDON" and with brass disc let into the top of the blade stamped "[PR]OVED"; the grip and guard of white metal, the guard's openwork design including a hunting horn and crown; the scabbard also of white metal, plain, with two loops for suspension. Overall length 101cms.
2007.13MilitaryHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEShako of the Huntingdon Militia, 19th century: slightly tapered hat of black felt lined with cardboard, the top, peak, bottom edge and chin strap of black leather, the strap with interlinked metal rings and a rosette sewn on the outside; also metal hunting horn badge on the front, with disc of woven wire above it and black felt pom-pom on the crown above that. Ht. about 23cms.
2007.14BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONStoneware jug by the Huntingdon Brewery: straight-sided jug of greyware with brown slip on the shoulder, reeded handle and mouth; painted in black above the shoulder "MARSHALL BROS. (HUNTINGDON) LTD AND JENKINS & JONES LTD THE BREWERY HUNTINGDON." and stamped in the clay to one side of this "PRICE O BRISTOL". Ht 27cms.
2007.15BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONGlass bottle by Goggs & Osborne Ltd: of clear aqua glass, straight-sided with vertical mould line, expanded lip to take a crown cap; embossed round the shoulder "GOGGS & OSBORNE LTD HUNTINGDON" and below the base "4527". Ht. 228mm.
2007.19DomesticHuntingdonshireUPTONCarved wooden knitting sheath: square-sectioned with central hole at top, tapering to a point with a terminal knob at the bottom; various motifs cut into the upper part, including the letters H and U. Length 166mm.
2007.20UnclassifiedHuntingdonshireHOUGHTONA small bronze plaque, rectangular with rounded top: cast on one side with "EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE DE CHASSE ET DE PECHE ANVERS 1907" with "BAETES" (?the maker) in smaller letters and "C. WHYMPER" engraved between the Anvers and the date; cast on the back with a scene of nymphs hunting and fishing and "Chasse-Peche"; signed "Floris de Cuyper 07 NV[?] sculp". Ht. 69mm.
2007.21AdministrationHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONHuntingdon Union Workhouse bread ticket: a coin-like token with milled edge, stamped on one side "BREAD TICKET" and on the other "HUNTINGDON UNION" with a large central "3". Diam. 28mm
2007.22CostumeHuntingdonshireBRAMPTONMiniature specimen nightshirt: of white cotton cloth, with smock collar, gathering at the top of the sleeves and miniature button holes at the wrists; exquisitely beautifully made. Ht. 240mm.
2008.01PlateHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEA piece of silver cut from the centre of a silver tray presented to A.C. Forster Boulton, Liberal MP for North Hunts 1906-10: a rectangle with irregular edges, engraved "PRESENTED TO A.C. Forster Boulton Esq JP FRCS IN RECOGNITION OF VALUABLE SERVICES RENDERED AS Liberal Member of Parliament for NORTH HUNTS 1906-1910". 250 x 305mm, 1.8mm thick.
2008.02BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDON2-pint beer bottle of green glass by Marshall Brothers: straight-sided with conical neck and thread for screw top, moulded in relief on the side "MARSHALL BROS (HUNTINGDON) LTD" round stag's head and "TRADE MARK"; moulded underneath "A 490"; ht. 305mm
2008.03BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONPint beer bottle of green glass by Marshall Brothers: straight-sided with conical neck and thread for screw top, moulded in relief on the side "MARSHALL BROS (HUNTINGDON) LTD" round stag's head and "TRADE MARK"; moulded underneath "UKCCo HAYES"; with screw top also moulded "MARSHALL" etc. Ht. without stopper 252mm
2008.04BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONPint beer bottle of green glass by Marshall Brothers: almost identical to 2008.03 but of yellower green glass, moulded underneath "A.192" and no stopper. Ht. 253mm.
2008.05BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONPint beer bottle of clear glass by Marshall Brothers: very similar to 2008.04 but moulded underneath "374S". Ht. 252mm.
2008.06BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONHalf-pint beer bottle of green glass by Marshall Brothers: straight-sided with conical neck and thread for screw top, moulded in relief on the side "MARSHALL BROS (HUNTINGDON) LTD" round stag's head and "TRADE MARK"; moulded underneath "A.2"; ht. 215mm.
2008.07BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONHalf-pint beer bottle of aqua glass by Marshall Brothers: cylindrical, with short neck and expanded mouth with screw thread for stopper; moulded in relief on the side "MARSHALL BROS (HUNTINGDON) LTD" round stag's head and "TRADE MARK"; moulded underneath "RLd 4"; ht. 214mm.
2008.08BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONOne-third-pint beer bottle of clear glass by Marshall Brothers: cylindrical, with short neck and expanded mouth with screw thread for stopper; moulded in relief on the side "MARSHALL BROS (HUNTINGDON) LTD" round stag's head and "TRADE MARK"; moulded underneath "A 448"; ht. 178mm.
2008.09BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONPint beer bottle of clear glass by Huntingdon Breweries: straight-sided with conical neck and thread for screw top, moulded in relief on the side "HUNTINGDON BREWERIES LTD" round stag's head and "TRADE MARK"; moulded underneath "12590 UGB"; with screw top moulded "THE HUNTINGDON BREWERIES LTD". Ht. without stopper 256mm
2008.10BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONHalf-pint beer bottle of clear glass by Huntingdon Breweries: straight-sided with conical neck and thread for screw top, moulded in relief on the side "HUNTINGDON BREWERIES LTD" round stag's head and "TRADE MARK"; moulded underneath "K213 S2 UGB"; with screw top moulded "THE HUNTINGDON BREWERIES LTD". Ht. without stopper 212mm
2008.11BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONPint beer bottle of green glass by Lowe, Son & Cobbold Ltd: straight-sided with conical neck and thread for screw top, moulded in relief on the side "LOWE, SON & COBBOLD LTD HUNTINGDON", moulded underneath "UK&SW1998"; ht. 258mm
2008.12BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONOne-third-pint mineral water bottle of aqua glass by J.W. Beck: cylindrical with rounded shoulder, expanded mouth and screw stopper; moulded in relief on the side "J.W. BECK CHEMIST HUNTINGDON" and on the stopper "BECK CHEMIST HUNTINGDON"; ht. without stopper 172mm.
2008.13BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONHalf-pint mineral water bottle by H.J. Goggs: straight-sided with conical neck and expanded rim for crown cap, moulded in relief on the side "H.J. Goggs CHEMIST HUNTINGDON" and on the bottom with "R" inside a spade (as in a playing card); ht. 233mm.
2008.14BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONPint milk bottle of clear glass by C. Makeham: straight-sided with neck tapering to a wide mouth, etched on the side "HIGH ST DAIRY C. Makeham HUNTINGDON" and moulded underneath "FGC 15"; with cardboard top printed in red "HELP YOURSELF AND YOUR DAIRYMAN - RINSE BOTTLE AND RETURN DAILY"; ht. 218mm.
2008.15BusinessesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONHat brush by G. Hawley: black and white tufts of bristle set in a curved head with leaf-shaped handle, of beechwood; stamped in black on the head "G. HAWLEY, HATTER, HUNTINGDOM" [sic]. Length 255mm.
2008.16BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONStoneware ginger beer bottle by H.J. Goggs: cyliindrical body with concave-curved neck and bead rim for cork stopper; cream body and brown neck, painted on the side in black "H.J. GOGGS [with logo, unclear] HUNTINGDON. Old English Ginger Beer".
2008.19AircraftHuntingdonshireST NEOTSFragment of the casing of a Luftwaffe bomb dropped at Mill Lane, St Neots on 27th September 1940: a bent and torn piece of metal sheet, blistered on the outside but with machining lines and a coppery tinge still visible inside, and with sharp jagged edges. Length 140mm.
2008.20BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESLarge stoneware bottle by George Russell of St Ives: cylindrical body with convex shoulder, small mouth with flared lip and reeded handle; of grey clay, the base unglazed, glazed grey up to the shoulder and brown above it; stamped on the shoulder "GEORGE RUSSELL Wholesale Grocer St IVES", also "2" and a small stamp "GEORGE SKEY WILNECOTE WORKS TAMWORTH". Ht. 383mm.
2008.21AdministrationHuntingdonshireBYTHORNParish constable's decorated truncheon: of turned wood with grooves round the grip, above which the shaft is painted black with the VR royal cipher in paint and gold leaf and a cartouche with "BYTHORN PARISH" in gold on a red background; leather thong tied round the butt. Length 436mm.
2008.22AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPolice hand-lamp by Exide: a rectangular case of dark wood with a white-metal fitting for the reflector, glass and bulb on one side, a metal and wood carrying handle on the top and a hinged lid that opens to reveal a wooden holder for the battery inside, with metal terminals pressed together by a screwed knob in the lid to turn the light on. Ht. 215mm.
2008.23AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPolice lamp with belt mounting: a rectangular case of black-painted metal with bulls-eye lens on the front, pivoting handles and spring for belt mounting on the back, removable lid on top for access to the battery compartment inside, with knurled knob on it to turn the light on; lugs on the front allow red or green glass to be slid over the light. Ht. 165mm.
2008.24AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPolice whistle: short cylinder of polished white metal, mouthpiece at one end and ring through a hole in the other, with slits in the side to sound it; engraved "THE ACME SCOUT MADE IN ENGLAND". Length 76mm.
2008.25AdministrationHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEPair of handcuffs: a figure-of-eight in wrought iron, hinged at one side and closed at the other with a screw which fits inside a hollow screw thread in a cylinder; there must once have been some kind of handle or key that rotated the hollow screw thread so that it drew the fixed screw into it; stamped on one side "P.O.Q.S." (significance unknown). Length 125mm.
2008.26BuildingsHuntingdonshireST IVESA brick from St Ives Town Hall (Stanley House): standard size nine-inch yellow-grey "gault" brick (presumably actually made from local Oxford Clay), with large letters "TH" stamped in the top while the clay was still wet. Length 225mm.
2009.01CostumeHuntingdonshireST IVESSmall button of yellow metal, convex and with four holes for attachment, undercoated pink but with traces of black paint; cast on the back "H. WESTON ST. IVES". Diam. 16mm.
2009.02BottlesHuntingdonshire?ST IVES?A Codd-type marble bottle of clear aqua glass, with marble still in the neck and red rubber seal above it; embossed "VICTORY" and "V" on the side just above the base and "96" "6" and "9" on the bottom. Ht 218mm.
2009.03BuildingsHuntingdonshireHILTONPart of a 1632 wall painting from Park Farm, Hilton, showing the head and shoulders of a lady, wearing a ruff and under an arch, representing "Touch" in a set of pictures of the senses; her dress is red and the background is green; the picture is incomplete as it was cut by a later doorway in its original location. In wooden frame, 510 x 410 x 70mm.
2009.03 (contd.)BuildingsHuntingdonshireHILTON
2009.04PotteryHuntingdonshireOLDHURSTBellarmine jug: salt glazed and narrow-necked with the usual face moulded on the neck and a simple radiating design on the belly - the whole design seems cheaper and simpler than many. Ht 270mm.
2010.01BusinessesHuntingdonshireST IVESSeven stencils from Standens agricultural engineering firm: rectangular plates of white metal, all with the corners bevelled off and most with the edges then turned over to give extra strength round the outside, then cut with the following: "D.W. Crolls" in a flowing script, 145 x 280mm; "PLOWCO" with a silhouette of a horse-drawn plough and ploughman above, 170 x 245mm; "LuRos" in a flowing script, 145 x 220mm; "FRENCH'S" in a hexameter outline, 110 x 230mm; "STANDARD", 85 x 235mm; "COMPLETE", 90 x 270mm; and "STORE IN A DRY PLACE", 100 x 255mm.
2010.01 (contd.)BusinessesHuntingdonshireST IVES
2010.02SkatingPair of Norwegian racing skates: long low blades with tubular metal bodies above which two hollow pillars support plates to which black leather boots are riveted; with covers for the blades of brown leather, with a strap and buckle to close them over the top of the blade - also holes and laces to do the same thing, perhaps because one strap and one buckle are broken; the front pillar of each skate stamped "O.M. FLAGSTAD HAMAR". Length 421mm.
2010.02 (contd.)Skating
2011.01BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESBottle no 1 of a limited edition of 500 of the St Ives 900 celebration beer commissioned by the Civic Society of St Ives in 2010: a 500ml bottle of dark brown glass with crown cap and two labels, oval on the front and rectangular on the back giving details, including the number "001/500" on the back label. Ht 225mm.
2011.02Home FrontHuntingdonshireST IVESCivil Defence Corps beret: a simple dark blue beret with sewn hem round the inside edge and embroidered badge sewn to the front, showing a crowned lion inside a roundel with the words CIVIL DEFENCE CORPS and another crown at the top. Diam 27cms when flat.
2012.01TransportHuntingdonshireST IVESA model demonstrating the guidance system on the Cambridge to St Ives Busway: a short section of the double-tracked busway with the front of a bus emerging from the backboard on the right-hand track, showing the guidewheels fitted to the front wheels; with lift-off rectangular clear plastic cover. 1105mm wide x 382mm deep x 372mm high.
2012.02TransportHuntingdonshireST IVESArchitect's model of the proposed St Ives Park and Ride car park and busway stop: showing parts of Harrison Way, Meadow Lane and the Busway, with the car park arranged in crescentic rows and with a roundabout linking it to Meadow Lane; with lift-off rectangular clear plastic cover. 750mm wide x 445mm deep x 110mm high.
2012.03SportsNO PROVENANCEA basketwork eel trap: the mouth, with inward-pointing spikes to stop the eel escaping, tapering to a more bulbous section to hold the catch, with a narrow opening at the other end where bait would be inserted; all woven from rods of (presumably) willow. Length about 111cms.
2012.04SportsNO PROVENANCEThe head of an eel glaive: with five flat prongs, the two outer pairs joined together with semi-circular sections, and extra strips of metal riveted across the prongs and joining them to the socket; the inner edges of each prong given barbs (to prevent the eel from slipping off) by striking them with a chisel. Length 389mm.
2012.06Crafts BakerHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMPastry docker: a wooden roller with numerous metal spikes protruding from it, rotating on an axle in a holder of white metal, with a turned wooden handle bolted to the middle of it; the roller (beech I think) has split and ineffectual attempts have been made to repair it with epoxy resin and screws. Width 265mm.
2012.07Crafts BakerHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMScales for weighing bread: of iron or steel, a pivot with a ring in the top to which is knotted a length of hessian cord; suspended from the pivot is a crossbeam with pointer rising vertically from the top; from each end of the crossbeam is suspended a pivoted ring and S-shaped connector; from one connector hangs a vertical rod with double hook at the bottom, from the other a pair of rods with double spikes at the bottom of each one. Crossbeam width 235mm.
2012.08Crafts BakerHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMA scraper for cleaning baking trays etc: a semicircular iron or steel blade cast in one piece with a tapered socket; into the other end of the socket is fitted a short wooden handle, secured with a screw and flattened on one side so that the scraper sits firmly on a horizontal surface. Length 164mm, blade width 145mm.
2012.09Crafts BakerHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMA file for scraping the burnt bits off overcooked loaves: a tapered and round-ended steel blade, covered on one face with numerous small protrusions hammered up from the surface of the metal (done very regularly, plainly by machinery); the blade is cast in one piece with a tang, which curves through almost 180° so that the wooden handle fastened onto it is almost parallel to the blade; the handle is carved to receive a ferrule round the end the tang enters, but the ferrule is missing and the handle is partly split. Length 150mm.
2012.10Crafts BakerHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMTool for cutting a cross into the top of a roll or bun as it rises: of white metal, a flat circle with two strips soldered onto the bottom to make the cross shape, and a handle of flat metal with rounded edges soldered onto the top. Diam. 88mm.
2012.11Crafts BakerHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMA potato masher: a disc of white metal with numerous round holes in it, riveted to a metal rod which is fastened to a wooden handle by means of a tang and ferrule. Length 292mm, disc diam. 82mm.
2012.12AircraftHuntingdonshireST IVESA scoreboard for dominoes made from a piece of carved oak from St Ives parish church, during the restoration in 1923 following the air crash of 1918: rectangular with bevelled edges, the top marked into six panels each with two sets of 20 drilled holes (presumably used for keeping the score with matchsticks); carved in relief round the bevel: "TOWER RESTORATION 1923 OLD OAK ST IVES CHURCH"; length 283mm.
2012.13UnclassifiedHuntingdonshireFENSTANTONPitch pipe used by Joseph Byson (1809-62) to start the singing in chapel at Fenstanton: a square-sectioned pipe of polished wood with mouthpiece including a thin leaf of wood to sound a note; with sliding square-sectioned plunger to vary it; a white metal insert stamped with letters representing the notes is inlaid along one side of the plunger, but someone has also cut notches and written the letters in ink on another side of it; the third side has "J. BYSON" stamped on the wood; lump of cork at top of plunger and knob cut at bottom; length 340mm.
2012.13 (contd.)UnclassifiedHuntingdonshireFENSTANTON
2012.14BusinessesHuntingdonshireST IVESLithographic printing stone showing labels forPickwick Giant Marrowfat peas and Chivers coffee essence with chicory, on large and heavy limestone slab. Length 63cm, 48cm width, 5cm thickness.
4BuildingsHuntingdonshireLT PAXTONCock's head hinge of wrought iron: large hinge with the plates ending in distinctive cock's head shapes - one of the four terminals missing; five circular lobes round the central pin, six holes on each of the plates (one missing on the broken one) for fastening the hinge in position. Length 189mm.
76.05FarmingNO PROVENANCEPliers for putting a ring through a pig's nose: steel throughout with curved handles, ending in circular-sectioned jaws serrated on the inside for extra grip. Length 150mm.
76.09Crafts SmithHuntingdonshireST IVESHand-made nail: square-sectioned with chisel end, length 159mm.
76.10Smoking?HuntingdonshireHOLYWELLWooden ?pipe rack: a turned cylinder of wood with five notches cut in the out-turned rim, perhaps for leaning pipes in; a paper label is glued on one side but has no writing or marks visible now. Ht. 119mm.
76.13SkatingPair of skates, quite short and perhaps for a lady or child, although the blade has a high prow; wooden foot-stocks have a squared toe and heel screw; one skate has three very low sole spikes, the other has none; three slots for straps. Length 260mm.
77.05AdministrationHuntingdonshireFENSTANTONCrier's bell: a handbell with iron clapper and wooden handle above a brass ferrule; two lines, ?for II, scratched on the top of the bell. Ht. 25cms.
77.09Crafts WheelwrightNO PROVENANCEWheelwright's folding rule: wooden two-foot rule hinged centrally, with measurements in inches and two other scales (don't know what - possibly some form of scale for calculations); with brass ends, a brass sliding scale and two protruding spikes as markers on one arm and corresponding indentations on the other arm. Marked "E. PRESTON & SONS MAKERS BIRMINGHAM" and "WARRANS BOX".
77.18.01BottlesCambridgeshireHISTONSmall bottle for lemonade crystals: of rectangular section with the corners bevelled, wide neck and mouth; clear glass with slight blue-green tint. Moulded raised letters read "Chivers & Sons Ltd Histon Cambridge" on one side and "The Cambridge Lemonade" on the other. Ht. 94mm.
77.21.1Crafts WheelwrightLincolnshireNO PROVENANCEWheelwright's spoke fitter: wooden with two handles and a central square socket; broken and repaired with two screws. Length 410mm
77.21.2Crafts WheelwrightLincolnshireNO PROVENANCEWheelwright's brace and bit: metal shaft with turned wood handles, square socket in the end with a bolt to hold the bit, which has a three-spiked head (one spike bent over); the shaft is stamped "STEEL" and "E 3 BRITTAIN" with a swan symbol; the bit "HARPLES & SONS 5/16". Length of brace 34cm, bit 10cm.
77.21.4Crafts WheelwrightLincolnshireNO PROVENANCEWheelwright's plane: heavy wooden base hollowed to hold blade, held at an angle by a wooden wedge; the blade is cast with a design including the words "JUST JUDICATO J. & R. DODGE (?) SHEFFIELD". Length 20cm (8 ins).
77.23SmokingHuntingdonshire?ST IVES?Part of the bowl of a clay pipe with oak leaf pattern on the front, probably early 19th century.
77.26.1SkatingPair of skates of unusual design; the blades thick and with a curved bottom, no prow; wooden foot-stock with two sole spikes and a heel screw and slots for two straps instead of the usual three - the front slot very long and with wide straps still in them, each fastened with two buckles; one foot-stock marked in ink "3/-". Length 290mm.
77.26.2SkatingPair of skates: blades higher at the back and with prow at the front, engraved "COLQUHOUN & CADMAN SHEFFIELD"; wooden foot-stocks with heel screw (cut off short on one skate) and three sole spikes; each foot-stock with three strap slots with one black buckled strap through the front two slots and another strap through the back one. Length 285mm.
77.26.3SkatingPair of lady's or child's skates: blades with no prow, thick and with curved bottom; wooden foot-stocks with heel screw and two sole spikes; two strap slots, the toe slot being wide, as in 77.26.1; four holes drilled into heel sides ?for some kind of extra fastening. Length 215mm.
77.26.4SkatingPair of skates with plates screwed to the top of the foot-stocks: blades with prow; dark wood foot-stocks have heel screws and three sole spikes protruding through a white metal plate, attached with four screws; plate scratched with a design of two triangles; one of the skates also has another plate, of copper, screwed on top of the heel; three strap slots - one skate with a strap in the front two slots only, the other with straps in much better condition through the back slots as well. Length 330mm.
77.26.5SkatingPair of skates: blades with prow, engraved with hunchbacked Mr. Punch logo and "I. SORBY SHEFFIELD"; dark wood foot-stocks with heel screw and three sole spikes (one missing on one of the skates); three strap slots, with one remaining buckled leather heel strap on one of the skates. Length 305mm.
77.26.6SkatingPair of lady's skating boots: black leather with circle and dot design punched on the seams; stamped under the sole "COMAC [SH]OES OF QUALITY" and size "3"; full length laced with 20 pairs of eyelets, short replacement laces in situ; inside manufacturer's mark of a gold lion walking on "LION BRAND"; off-white lining marked "3 7122 90450¼ F".
77.29FarmingHuntingdonshireST IVESHay knife, for cutting blocks of hay from a stack: a large backed blade with curved cutting edge and square tang which is bent through two right-angles before being inserted into a rough wooden handle, with an iron ferrule round the end of it. Blade length 66cms.
77.29 (contd.)Farming
77.31FarmingHuntingdonshireST IVESWheeled plough made by Howard of Bedford: a metal plough beam and handles with couplings for the harness at the front; about half the nearside "land wheel" is still attached but only the axle of the offside "furrow wheel" - which was larger, because it ran in the furrow last ploughed; the scrapers that removed mud from both wheel rims are still present; coulter missing but share largely intact; "Howard Bedford" cast into the share housing. Overall length about 2.87m, width at handles 57cms.
77.31 (contd.)FarmingST IVES
77.34DomesticNO PROVENANCEWooden pepper mill: of turned wood, perhaps beech, very similar to modern designs but perhaps squatter; with top section (held in place with a knurled metal knob) turned to work the peppercorns through the metal grinder at the bottom. Ht. 94mm.
77.39.1BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESStoneware Hamilton bottle by Stocker of St Ives, stamped "STOCKER ST IVES" and "SUPERIOR EFFERVESCING GINGERADE". Broken and restored, neck missing. Present length 171mm.
77.41Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireST IVESCobbler's iron last, with ridged top rising to a square-sectioned tang to fit in the hobbing iron; "7½" cast in the top. Length 193mm.
77.48Crafts WheelwrightLincolnshireCROWLANDWheelwright's "bruzz" chisel: long v-sectioned blade with socket on plain wooden handle (now loose); the handle is twice stamped "T. HANSON". Length 475mm.
77.49FarmingHuntingdonshire?WARBOYS?Barn lantern: cylindrical, conical topped lantern of thin white metal, with hinged door and the windows round the sides filled with (I think) talc; base, now separate, with socket for candle; three rough vents in the top (with holes round them where something originally fitted over them); wire through the central chimney to hang it by. Ht. 315mm.
78.07TransportHuntingdonshireBRAMPTONHand-drawn hearse: four spoked wooden wheels with metal tyres and solid rubber tyres outside the metal; the wheels on two metal axles, each axle assembly steered by a bar across the front and back of the hearse; above the wheels is a two-layered framework of wood, the bottom framework mounted on springs above the steering ring of each axle assembly and the top framework rotating on a ring in the middle of the two frameworks, so that it can be rotated in any direction;
78.07 (contd. 1)TransportHuntingdonshireBRAMPTONWith four wooden rollers across the upper framework so that the coffin can be slid on or off at either end. With battens attached to the lower framework from which hand scalloped velvet hangings with white and purple tassels; from the upper framework protrudes a band of wire netting on either side, presumably for flowers. With turned wooden handles at each end of the steering bars (one handle missing) and metal pins at each end of the upper framework to stop the coffin sliding off. All woodwork painted black. Overall ht. (excluding metal pins) 1.06m, overall length 2.3m, width 1.06m, wheel diam 86cms.
78.07 (contd. 2)TransportHuntingdonshireBRAMPTON
78.09FarmingBarn lantern, late 19th century
78.10.1a-bCrafts CobblerHuntingdonshireFENSTANTONCobbler's knee last: a thick piece of round wood - presumably just part of a branch stripped of bark - with a rectangular socket at one end and an iron ring round it to stop the wood splitting; with an iron last with ridged top rising into a rectangular-sectioned tang which fits in the socket of the knee last; "8½ I V" is cast in the top of the last. Knee last length 465mm, last length 220mm.
78.10.2Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireFENSTANTONCobbler's last comprising three different sizes of last cast together at right angles, so that it can be used on a bench with one last always uppermost; cast in relief on two of the shanks are "BLACK BOY" and "REGST 368568" and on top of one of the feet "No. 2". Foot lengths 178mm, 133mm & 121mm.
78.15.1Crafts CobblerNorthamptonshireShoemaker's tool: wooden handle with steel tang protruding from the end, on which a wheel with knurled edge is pivoted at right angles; the tang stamped "L. RICHTER NORTHAMPTON" and "14". Length 165mm.
78.15.2Crafts CobblerNorthamptonshireShoemaker's tool: wooden handle with tang protruding from the end, on which is mounted a rectangular steel block with a slit in the end holding a thin wheel with knurled edge; a screw for tensioning or adjusting is fitted into one side of the block; the block is stamped "5 22" and "CHENEY KETTERING". Length 155mm.
78.15.3Crafts CobblerNorthamptonshireShoemaker's tool: wooden handle with a rectangular steel block protruding from the end, with one edge of the block extended to give a round-ended blade or marker; the block stamped "14". Length 162mm.
78.15.4Crafts CobblerNorthamptonshireShoemaker's tool: a turned wooden handle with a rectangular-sectioned shank protruding from one end, curved over and with a slot at the end holding a small wheel with knurled edge; brass ferrule round the base of the shank. Length 137mm.
78.15.5Crafts CobblerNorthamptonshireShoemaker's tool: a turned wooden handle with a ferrule and tang protruding from the end, with a rectangular steel block on the end; one edge of the block extended as in 15.3, the opposite edge with a shaped lug; stamped "20", "22" and "E. CHENEY & SON". Length 162mm.
78.15.6Crafts CobblerNorthamptonshireShoemaker's tool: turned wooden handle with brass ferrule and steel blade of semi-circular section. Length 165mm..
78.20FarmingNO PROVENANCEBull leader: all metal, with a ring at each end of a central section; the handle ring pivoted to rotate, the other ring divided into two and with an expansion at each end, with a metal slide to hold it shut; "LEWIS ANGLO" cast into the handle ring. Length 220mm.
78.22.1SmokingHuntingdonshire?WISTOW?Bowl of a clay pipe with oak leaf decoration on the front, presumably 19th century.
78.22.2SmokingHuntingdonshire?WISTOW?Clay pipe bowl in the shape of a negro's head. Ht. 32mm.
78.24GunsHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONA revolver: with barrel of 12mm (half-inch) calibre, octagonal on the outside; five-chamber cylinder (with pivot protruding forward beneath the barrel), the chamber to be loaded from the front, with nipples at the back for some kind of percussion caps; the hammer cocked, the trigger guard detached; decorative engraving and "patent" on the plates on either side of the mechanism; wooden butt with metal butt plate, the wood held in position with modern screws; the trigger detached (presumably it's from this gun, though separated in the Museum for a while) and has been broken and repaired with brazing. Length 310mm.
78.28.1SkatingPair of skates with Bury Fen Holdfasts: blades with prow, engraved with logo of a racing greyhound above "CORPORATE MARK" and alongside marked "MARSDEN BROTHERS SKATE MANUFACTURERS BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO HER MAJESTY & THE ROYAL FAMILY SHEFFIELD"; wooden foot-stocks with heel screws sawn off and three sole spikes, holdfasts screwed on at heel and on the side of the front; three strap slots with two buckled brown leather straps; Length 355mm.
78.28.2Crafts TailorNO PROVENANCE2 boxes of leather buttons for breeches: 1) small cardboard box with separate lid, put together with metal staples; contains 100 black buttons disc shaped with circular design and with attached metal loop; 2) identical box, containing 85 brown leather similar buttons, 2 metal rings and 3 brown buttons with four sewing holes. Box 95 x 75 x 38mm, button 14mm diameter.
79.01Samplers etcHuntingdonshireST IVESEmbroidered banner by St Ives Women's Insitutute: on silk, rectangular with pointed bottom edge fringed in red and green, looped at the top to a wooden rod with turned knobs on the ends and with tasseled strings, also red and green, down each side of the banner; the embroidered design has "ST IVES HUNTS" in a scroll with the WI monogram at the top, below this shields with the crests of St Ives (four bulls' heads) and Huntingdonshire (hunter with tree, stag, dog and horn), and at the bottom another scroll with "FOR HOME & COUNTRY" - the ampersand below the rest of the scroll. The banner 41cms wide by 53cms high (excluding fringe).
79.09TransportHuntingdonshireST IVESFolding invalid chair used at St Ives Free Church: a frame of black-painted steel strips on two axles, with two pairs of coil springs above the back axle; four small spoked wheels with solid rubber tyres; buff canvas is laced over the frame to form a seat, with padded arm-rests of black leather (or imitation); a plywood foot-rest slides forward or backward in the frame; tubular handle behind the seat back for pushing the chair along. Tripping the diagonal braces at the sides allows the chair to be folded forwards for compact storage. Max ht. 102cms extended, 57cms folded, max width 67cms.
79.15Home FrontNO PROVENANCEA baby's gas mask, with part of a second one: a hood of rubberised canvas with an oval window of clear plastic in a rubber frame, joined to the hood with studs and stitches; on one side of the hood is a rubber chamber with a concertinaed air pump; the bottom of the hood has lacing to fasten it round the baby; the hood is inside a metal frame There is also the hood only - no frame or pump - from a second mask: it has "Gerald Gardner" written inside it.
79.16.1FarmingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSWeeding hook: small hooked blade, the cutting edge (inside the hook) corroded away in places, with rolled socket and nail hole for fastening it on a wooden handle. Length 150mm.
79.16.2FarmingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSWeeding spud or paddle: small spade-shaped iron blade on a rolled socket with a nail hole to fasten it onto a wooden handle. Length 165mm.
79.17MedicalHuntingdonshireST IVESA blood pressure gauge: a piece of mahogany grooved to hold a glass tube with reservoirs at top and bottom, the tube marked with gradations from 40 at the bottom to 290 at the top, with a short tube leading up and to one side from the bottom bulb; also four pieces of broken-off rubber tubing with white metal fittings on their ends, one of them with a glass observation connection in the middle; and a cotton cuff containing a rubber bladder to wrap round the patient's arm and apply pressure to the artery. Case 375 x 45mm, cuff 1.33m long.
79.22.1Crafts SmithNO PROVENANCEBlacksmith's pincers: cast iron with jaws tapering to a sharp, straight edge; a trace of initials stamped inside one of the handles, illegible but probably includes the letter "C". Length 305mm.
79.22.1-6Crafts SmithNO PROVENANCENote in 1979 Accessions Register: "Farrier's tools from unknown sources: found in scattered locations in the Museum & not previously catalogued. Only 79.22.3b marked "Blacksmith Tool, St Neots". For reference, see A. Ingram, 'The Country Animal Doctor', Shire Album no. 40, 1979".
79.22.2Crafts SmithNO PROVENANCEFarrier's "pritchell": a square-sectioned iron spike, blunt-ended, with diagonal notches struck along the edges with a cold chisel at the wide end, presumably to make it easier to grip it with pincers. Length 206mm.
79.22.3a-cCrafts SmithNO PROVENANCE ETC.Three blacksmith's clenching irons flat steel tools with a spike at one end and a wedge at the other, flattened on the opposite edge where a hammer has been used to drive the wedge and spike home; a) is sharp and well made, cast on each side with "MEADVILLE.PA.U.S.A." and "CHAMPION.TOOL.CO.1915."; length 131mm; b) is much rougher and has traces of rasps on both sides - presumably it was made from an old rasp; length 112mm; c) has very similar rasp traces, and its point is broken off; length 142mm.
79.22.4Crafts SmithNO PROVENANCEBlacksmith's buffer or bolster: made from a flat piece of iron or steel with the edges bent over to give a double thickness; one end has a blunt edge on one side and a flange on the other that has been hit with a hammer while driving the edge home; length 198mm.
79.22.5a-bCrafts SmithNO PROVENANCETwo farrier's hoof-paring knives: curved steel blades with curled-over ends, their flat tangs riveted into tapered round-sectioned handles of bone (a) or wood (b). Lengths 216mm, 214mm.
79.22.6Crafts SmithNO PROVENANCEBlacksmith's hoof-pick: a square-sectioned rod of iron beaten into a flattened hook end; length 166mm.
79.26.1a-bCrafts CobblerHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPair of cobbler's wooden lasts: intricately carved from beech and each in three parts, with a hollowed-out front fastened by a hinge to the heel, which has a slot in the top in which is pivoted a turned handle; varnished outside; both lasts are ink-stamped inside the front "3391", one is also stamped "7½" and "3". Length 320mm.
79.26.2a-bCrafts CobblerHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPair of cobbler's wooden lasts: carved in three parts, with the front attached by a metal pivot (including a screw to adjust its length) to the heel, which has a turned handle screwed to the top; varnished; both lasts stamped "7", "2" and "36" and with inked stamp "SOROSIS REG US PAT OFF." Length 275mm.
79.26.3a-bCrafts CobblerHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPair of cobbler's wooden lasts: carved from beech wood and varnished, consisting of a hollowed-out front of the foot, from the back of which protudes a pivoted metal handle with barrel-shaped piece of wood threaded on it; several holes are drilled for the pivots of the handle, so the overall length can be adjusted; ink-stamped inside "5", "3" and "-ON" Length 260mm.
79.27.1Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireHARTFORDCobbler's wooden last (left foot): carved from two pieces of beech with inserts of a darker wood and a metal spring device linking the two parts together, also a metal plate under the heel; ink-stamped "ROBBS & LEWIS LTD KETTERING" with MS number "6665." Length 28cms.
79.27.2Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireHARTFORDCobbler's wooden last (right foot): carved from three pieces of beech with inserts of a darker wood, a cord to hang it by, and two pieces of leather nailed on near the toe to accommodate the wearer's corns or similar; stamped on top "8½"; written on one side "Mr T. Bath 12/2/44 Willow Calf De . . ." Length 30cms.
79.27.3Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireHARTFORDCobbler's wooden last (right foot): carved from two pieces of beech with hole drilled in the top and extra pieces of leather nailed on at toe and heel to give an exact fit; stamped "R.WHITTON XL NORTHAMPTON", written on in ink "78084 5/6/42" and in pencil "Rev [illeg]". Length 27cms.
79.27.4Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireHARTFORDCobbler's wooden last for someone with a club foot: carved from beech with piece of darker wood nailed on the top and a piece of leather on the toe; marked with dotted ink line round the heel and "July 27 Box Boots F275 Xlix on top of Toe for 1 Boot". Length 17cms.
79.32.1PlateHuntingdonshireFENSTANTONSmall silver spoon, probably from a tea caddy: shallow bowl with a scalloped edge and short handle, engraved and dotted design including the initials AD on the end of the handle; hallmarks under the handle "IB" for John Betridge, Birmingham 1824. Length 65mm.
79.33ChildhoodNO PROVENANCE"Dolly's Necklace": a card with a printed picture of a girl's head and shoulders with a necklace of black circles; on the back is an envelope containing discs of coloured card that fit in the circles. Printed on the back: "Thomas Evans, Publisher, Redditch. Dolly's Necklace. A Kindergarten Occupation for Infants. Price one penny (Net). This Occupation forms an important aid in teaching Colour, Number, Addition and Subtraction". Also printed are verses to be sung. 160 x 140mm.
80.06SmokingHuntingdonshire?ST IVES?Bowl of a clay pipe stamped "I. Mumby St Ives" and with initials "I" and "M" raised on either side of the spur.
80.08BottlesNO PROVENANCEA one-third-of-a-pint milk bottle: clear glass with mould line and rim grooved to take foil cap. Embossed near base "W B 2". Ht. 130mm.
80.25Crafts SmithHuntingdonshireST IVESDouble-acting blacksmith's bellows made by Thomas Linley & Sons of Sheffield: a cylinder with wooden ends and leather sides hung in a framework of cast iron, with a wooden handle that moves an internal disc up and down inside the cylinder to pump air through a leather nozzle; on the opposite side to the nozzle is a metal pipe joining the upper and lower chambers, so that air comes from the nozzle on both the upward and downward stroke of the lever - hence "double acting"; weights are hung from hooks at the bottom to give momentum to the stroke. Cast iron plate on top of the cylinder reads "Thos Linley & Sons, by Her Majesty's Royal Letters Patent, Sheffield". Printed label on the handle reads "Keep this Rockstaff screwed perfectly Fast. The Pipe end should be placed 3 inches back from the nose of the Tueiron. the hole of the Tueiron should not be less than - in width. Hang about - stone weight on each side of the Bellows on the Hooks. Work the Bellows with a long, regular and steady stroke." Ht. to top of framework 120cms, width of framework 88cms, handle length 137cms.
80.25 (contd.)Crafts Smith
80.33DomesticHuntingdonshireST IVESLarge darning mushroom of unpolished turned wood: the top is flat underneath and rounded on top, with a handle attached by a screw thread. Length 160mm, diam. 115mm.
80.43MedicalHuntingdonshireST IVESA trocar and cannula for draining hydroceles (cysts that form in the membrane protecting the testicle): a silver blade in a tube with an eight-sided ebony handle attached to the blade. Length 98mm.
80.44CostumeHuntingdonshireST IVESA pair of boot hooks: iron hooks fitted to hollow bone handles (one of them slightly damaged). Length 18cms.
80.54Crafts BakerLincolnshireSTAMFORDA baker's peel - the flat-bladed tool used to take loaves out of the oven: a turned wooden handle with a metal shaft fitted into one end, to which the flat metal blade is fastened with two rivets. Length 50cms.
80.82a-bCrafts ThatcherHertfordshireNO PROVENANCETwo thatcher's combs: wooden handles with spikes driven into them; the larger has a shaped handle and six spikes, length 1.05m; the smaller is cruder, with a ferrule round the end and seven spikes, length 428mm.
80.83Crafts ThatcherHertfordshireNO PROVENANCEA hay knife: a long, curved, backed steel blade set in a wooden handle by means of a tang, and a ferrule round the blade end of the handle; the end of the blade has been broken off and the end of the handle seems to have been sawn shorter as well; blade marked "W. Tizack [illeg., possibly 'haycutter']" and "Sheffield [illeg.]"; the handle has been poker-marked "V.MAH". Length 73cms.
80.84a-bCrafts ThatcherHertfordshireNO PROVENANCETwo steels: pointed steel shafts with loop handles, lengths 98 and 90cms.
80.85SportsHertfordshireNO PROVENANCEMole trap: two pairs of curved steel jaws with a spring on each, designed to close round the body of a mole, with short chain and ring for securing the trap in position attached to the central pivot. Length 19cms.
81.01SmokingHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONBowl from clay pipe, in the form of a caricature head of ?Mr Micawber. Late 19th century.
81.02Crafts CooperHuntingdonshireST IVESCircular wooden bread board, with flat centre and down-curved rim; diam. 247mm.
81.03Home FrontNO PROVENANCEMotor Fuel ration book, World War II, complete and not filled in. No. LH1 377520.
81.04DomesticHuntingdonshireST IVESTwo-pronged eating-fork, steel, tanged, with wooden handle. 17th or 18th century. Length 212mm.
81.05AdministrationHuntingdonshireHEMINGFORD GREYHelmet badge of the Huntingdon County Police, with County Arms surrounded by "Garter" inscribed "Huntingdon County Police"; rayed background and crown on top.
81.06MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESBadge of the Huntingdon Rifle Volunteers: white metal with black cloth insert, clip on the back and six chains attached to the rim, each ending in a sprung ring. Diam 54mm.
81.08BuildingsHuntingdonshireST IVESA piece of carved oak panelling form the Stonehall or Old Court House: carved with an arcade of round-topped arches. 220 x 125mm.
82.01UnclassifiedNO PROVENANCEA love token, consisting of a copper disc with pecked inscriptions: "A Token of True Love From John Hancock to M. Hancock 1829" and "When This You See Remember Me Until I Get My Liberty". Diam. 35mm, thickness 2.5mm.
82.43FarmingCambridgeshireELSWORTHPair of sheep shears: made from a single piece of steel, with triangular blades and sprung loop at the apex. Length 315mm.
82.44FarmingHuntingdonshireFENSTANTONBranding iron of the Fenstanton Stock Club: with loop handle, brands "F.C." Length 435mm.
82.45BusinessesHuntingdonshireST IVESA tooth powder tin with the label of Turner & Son, St Ives. Circular, with brass finish and paper label on lid, printed in colour with picture of St Ives bridge and chapel and printed "Ye Olde Bridge, St Ives, Hunts. Turner & Son, Chemists, St Ives. Carbolic Tooth Powder. For Cleaning and Whitening the Teeth, Arrests Decay". Diam. 60mm, ht. 22mm.
83.03MilitaryHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCECertificate of disablement and honourable discharge, 28th September 1918, issued to No. 238091 Pte Thomas Henry Rook. 500 x 400mm approx, framed.
83.04Crafts LeatherHuntingdonshireST IVESFrame used for stretching skins: four pieces of timber 2 x 1¼ inch mitred together (the mitres secured by dowels) to form a rectangle; there are holes about an inch in diameter in the timbers, seven in the short sides and nine in the long sides; five pegs inserted in these holes survive - they are slit across the end and were presumably rotated in the holes to stretch the skins. Dimensions of frame 166 x 106cms.
83.05TransportHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONIron tyre from the wheel of a builder's handcart. With five holes for securing it to the wheel rim, one of them still containing a nail. Width 3cms, diam. 62cms.
83.09SportsHuntingdonshireST IVESRubber stamp, with the words: "Date_____ S.W. Hunt, Fisherman, Barne's Walk, St Ives. Fish Feeding Well at Present Time Are Bream - Chub - Dace - Pike Perch - Rudd - Roach - Tench." Stamp 80 x 50mm, with handle.
83.1LaceLacemaker's square pillow, covered in blue cloth with flowered worker cloth and pink bobbin bag, with parchment pattern in position and a length of lace in progress, worked round brass pins and with 47 bobbins attached; six more bobbins in the bobbin bag; the bobbins all wood, some "bitted" with inserts of lighter wood, some inlaid with pewter, some bound with brass wire, all but two with bead spangles; one spangle includes a pierced Nuremberg token. The free end of the lace wrapped round an envelope addressed to Miss M. Childs, Bridge House, Alconbury. On a wooden pillow horse with circular top, "E. Crow" carved under the bottom member. Ht. of horse 61cms.
83.1 (contd.)Lace
83.2CostumeHuntingdonshireST IVESBlazer of St Ives Grammar School, 1929: maroon with black and white taped edging, crest on breast pocket with motto "Ora et Labora"; trade mark "St Blaize". Enamelled brass lapel badge "Cricket 1st XI" (added by the donor in December 1984).
84.02AircraftHuntingdonshireST IVESPhotograph frame made from part of the aircraft that crashed into St Ives Parish Church in 1918: the frame is part of a wing rib, curved, wooden, with oval holes in it, one of which displays part of a postcard showing the church steeple with the spire truncated. 220 x 90mm.
84.03MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESFinger-ring of ?aluminium, with square bezel, the whole made in one piece; the bezel engraved "Béthune", with vestigial flowers, "1914" and "1916" on either side of the bezel. Max. diam. 25mm, bezel 10mm square.
84.05FarmingHuntingdonshireST IVESA hay needle: three sections of a circular-sectioned steel shaft, each about two feet long, which screw together; there is a short handle across the end of the top section and a flat, expanded point at the end of the bottom section, with an oblique slot cut in one side; a circular hole through the centre of each of the bottom two sections; with leather case into which the sections fit when dismantled, closed with a strap and buckle. Length of case about 64cms.
84.06BuildingsHuntingdonshireST IVESA building stone dated 1588: a rectamgular block of limestone, carved in relief with "1588" in a middle compartment and the monograms "GHA" and "TA" in compartments on either side. Two semi-circular-sectioned vertical channels are cut in the rear face. 58cms wide x 17cms high x 14cms deep.
84.07BuildingsHuntingdonshireST IVESTwo slate signboards from a shopfront: painted black with letters carved out and painted gold, one sign reading "Grocer" and the other "Tea Dealer"; screw holes in each corner. Each signboard 161cms wide x 30cms high x 2cms thick.
84.1Home FrontNO PROVENANCETwo ration books, Ministry of Food, 1953-54.
84.10DomesticHuntingdonshireMOLESWORTHMousetrap for live trapping: three sides of a rectangular box of wood, with one end closed off with thin metal rods, and sprung so as to force it downwards, closing off the other end of the box, when released from the wire hook of the trigger. The other end of the trigger protudes inside the box and would have held the bait. Length 105mm, ht. 45mm.
84.11Crafts CooperNO PROVENANCEBeer tap with lock: a tapering wooden tube with holes pierced in the narrow end to allow beer to enter it from the interior of the barrel; a white metal spout protrudes from the bottom of the tap and a lock with a keyhole from the top; "20" is engraved on the top of the outer end. Length 200mm.
84.12AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEStandard gallon measure: cylindrical container of solid brass with expanded rim and base and cast brass handles; engraved on one side is "IMPERIAL GALLON" and on the other "Hundred of Hurstingstone, COUNTY OF HUNTINGDON. 1826". Stamps on the rim include VR royal ciphers and portcullis stamps dated 1879 and 1890. Ht. 175mm, rim diam. 175mm.
84.4Home FrontNO PROVENANCENational Registration Identity Card. Numbered FJ 424862 in the name of John Phillips, with stamps dated 1943 and 1947. 160 x 130mm.
84.8SkatingPair of ice skates, Norwegian type: all-metal, with long tubular body and thin blades, leather boots attached permanently to the body; with a leather sheath for covering one of the blades. The front pillar of each skate is stamped "L.H. Hagen & Co, Christiana" on one side and "Z. Eriksen" on the other. Blade length 43cms.
84.9 a-bSkatingPair of ice skates, all-metal: thick, heavy blades with convex bottom edges, with platforms for boots bolted on top, complete with screws for attaching the boots. The blades are stamped "No. 43, The Monier-Williams Skate" with a trade mark, on one side, and "11, John Wilson Portland Works, Sheffield" with a picture of a greyhound, on the other. Length 31cms.
85.01Clocks & watchesHuntingdonshireST IVESA watch-key: hollow shaft of steel surmounted by a flat copper plate of rectangular/shield shape, topped in turn by a pivoted brass ring. The copper shield bears the crest of St Ives (four bulls' heads) moulded in relief on one side and "J.R. INGRAM WATCH MAKER ST IVES" on the other. Length 39mm.
85.02BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESStoneware Hamilton bottle, by Stocker of St Ives: round-bottomed bottle of buff, glazed stoneware, stamped on one side "STOCKER ST. IVES" and on the other "SUPERIOR EFFERVESCING GINGERADE". The neck and mouth of another bottle has been fitted onto the body, this restoration carried out by the donor. Present length 205mm.
85.03Clocks & watchesHuntingdonshireST IVESA turret clock in a cast-iron frame, weight-driven with drum, rope and (separate) pulley block. Pendulum escapement, the pendulum itself missing. Presumably intended to strike bells at appropriate times but there is no striking-train present in the mechanism. Reverse-direction brass dial is engraved "Dumvill St Ives". 36cms wide by 34cms high by 41cms deep.
85.04FarmingHuntingdonshireALCONBURYA corn dolly: made in a single spiral, tapering to become narrower at each end, with a bunch of ears left on one end. Length 110cms.
85.06Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPair of clamps used to hold floorboards firmly edge to edge while making wooden floors: of complicated design with sprockets, screws, wing nuts etc.; cast iron, painted dark blue, with "WODEN" and "142A" cast into the design. About 25 x 25 x 35cms.
85.07MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESRiding whip of the Fife and Forfar Imperial Yeomanry: the handle is bound with leather, the shaft with interwoven leather thonging; leather loop (now detached at one end) on the end of the shaft, plain brass ferrule between the shaft and the handle, brass ferrule on the end of the handle cast with the crest of the regiment (knight in armour in a garter, motto "Pro aris et focis). Length 93cms.
85.5Norman CrossStraw marquetry picture of a rose: the flower and stem of a rose, with two pairs of leaves, are represented in flattened strips of straw on a background of black card. Framed, 215 x 165mm.
86.11SportsHuntingdonshireST IVES"Alfred Clifford's Reliable Eel Trap": a double-ended cylindrical eel-trap, made of a cylindrical frame of galvanised iron covered with wire netting; a funnel at each end, of perforated galvanised iron sheet, armed with springy spikes pointing inwards from the inner end; one funnel is removable, and has attached to it the bait container, a cylinder of netting with safety pins round the outside; bait could be placed inside the container or pinned outside it. A small plaque on the frame of the trap is stamped "Alfred Clifford's Reliable Eel Trap, Patent No. 20846 [probably], Hawley, Kent, England". Length 125cms, diam 26cms.
86.12CostumeHuntingdonshireST IVESA pair of tongs used to expand shoes to fit over corns etc.: white metal with a copper-coloured lacquer, flattened handles and curved jaws with a spring between two lugs on the handles. Length 44cms.
86.13SportsHuntingdonshireST IVESSpring trap used for rabbiting: a long spring is looped at the end round a pair of toothed jaws, which are held open by a tongue against a trigger plate; there is a chain at the end of the trap to secure it. Length (excluding chain) 28cms.
86.14GunsHuntingdonshireST IVESEight gun flints of various shapes and sizes: one small flint is probably the broken piece of a larger one; another flint is the right shape for a gun flint, but the flaking technique appears to be prehistoric, with retouch along the edges. (Curious, get expert advice on this one).
86.15DomesticCambridgeshireHADDENHAMA rag rug: a piece of hessian into which rags have been hooked. There is a patch of red in the middle, and a border of black material all round the outside. 85 x 40cms.
86.18FarmingLincolnshire?DEEPING ST JAMES?Turnip knife: thick-backed, slightly hooked steel blade, with tang the whole width of the handle, which consists of two semi-circular sectioned pieces of ash clamped on either side of the tang by two ferrules; the end of the endmost ferrule is filled with ?wax. Illeg. stamp on one side of the blade. Length 305mm.
86.19FarmingLincolnshire?DEEPING ST JAMES?Sugar beet knife: with broad, flat, curved steel blade (the convex curve on the cutting side) set in a curved wooden handle so that the whole tool describes an "S" shape; the blade has a flat tang which fits into a cut in the wooden handle, fastened through with three rivets; letters are branded onto one side of the handle, probably "PANTON". Length 390mm.
86.7LaceLace bobbin winder: rectangular base open at one side (perhaps for a drawer now missing), with a turned upright on top into which the horizontal axle of the wheel is fitted, the wheel consisting of a lath bent into a circle with turned spokes with a handle through one of them. At the other end of the base a pair of turned uprights support a horizontal axle with a small wheel and a tapered socket to hold the bobbin. A linen band goes round both wheels to transmit the drive. Pivoting horizontally out from one corner of the base is a piece of turned wood, cut in half so as to be semicircular in section, with a peg at the outer end to support the spool of thread. Made of wood throughout. Base 235 x 125 x 55mms high; total ht. 230mm.
86.7 (contd.)Lace
86.8SkatingCharles Goodman Tebbutt's bandy stick: ashwood, the handle quite square-sectioned tapering down to a narrow shaft which then flattens out into the blade; the blade is cut off just after the curve and is protected by an iron sheath. The initials CGT are branded deep in the shaft. A nail is stuck into the top of the handle. Length 100cms.
86.9 a-bSkatingPair of skates: wooden foot-stocks with brass plates at the toes, brass plates with three spikes at the ball of the foot, heel screws sawn off and replaced with brass holdfasts at the heel and ball of the foot; with straps, which appear to be more recent than the rest of the skates. Blades are marked "423 Colquhoun & Cadman Sheffield 'Go-ahead'". Length 32cms.
87.01BuildingsHuntingdonshireST IVESBrass shop sign engraved "F.C. BARTON LTD Chemist": a strip of brass with the bottom corners rounded and the top corners cut away in rectangles, mounted on a strip of wood and with two iron lugs screwed to the back. 212cms long x 15cms wide.
87.01 (contd.)Buildings
87.02BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESStoneware bottle for varnish: cylindrical bodied with conical shoulder and ring mouth, with bead below mouth and three-reeded handle looping from just below the shoulder to just below the mouth; glazed light brown at the top, pale buff from just below the shoulder down. Stamped "HENRY BARTON Chemist ST IVES" across the shoulder. Glued below the shoulder is a paper label "VARNISH. HENRY BARTON, PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMIST, BRIDGE STREET, ST. IVES". Ht. 210mm, base diam. 122mm.
87.03BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESSmall glass jar: of clear, colourless glass, cylindrical body with slightly indented base, carinated shoulder, vertical neck and ring mouth. The letters "Y G Co" are moulded on the base. With wooden stopper, the flat top of which is stamped "H. BARTON CHEMIST ST IVES". Ht. 85mm, base diam. 47mm.
87.04BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESGlass dispensing bottle: playing-card sectioned bottle with curved shoulder and straight (but slightly misshapen) neck, with ring mouth and cork. The base is slightly indented, with an illegible trade-mark moulded on the glass; there is a mould line round the bottle. Moulded into one side in relief is "H. BARTON PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMIST ST IVES". Clear glass with a tinge of green. Ht. 158mm (excluding cork), base 57 x 35mm.
87.05BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESGlass storage bottle or "shop round": circular-sectioned bottle with curved shoulder and neck and wide flared rim, with stopper, ground to fit and with rectangular handle. Paper label, rectangular with mitred corners and printed in red and gold, with "P.ANTIM.T." in black. Clear, colourless glass. Ht. 163mm (excluding stopper) or 184mm inclusive; base diam. 75mm.
87.06BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESGlass storage bottle, or "shop round": circular-sectioned bottle with curved shoulder and neck and wide flared rim, with stopper ground to fit and with round-cornered rectangular handle; varnished paper label, rectangular with mitred corners and printed in red and gold on white, with "P.SERPENT." in black. Clear colourless glass. Ht. 163mm (excluding stopper) or 184mm inclusive. Base diam. 78mm.
87.07BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESSmall glass bottle: with cylindrical body, curved shoulder and straight neck, and flat-rimmed mouth; mould line on neck and shoulder; with cork; paper label round body reads "HYD. IODID. VIRID." printed in black, with "1oz" added handwritten in black. Ht. (excluding cork) 63mm, base diam. 26mm.
87.08BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESSmall glass bottle: with cylindrical body, curved shoulder and wide, straight neck; flat-rimmed mouth closed with a cloth-wrapped cork; mould line on neck and shoulder; paper label round body reads "SODAE ARSENIAS. POISON" printed in black, with a handwritten note (of amount or dosage?) added. Ht. 58mm, base diam. 36mm.
87.09BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESSmall glass bottle: with cylindrical body, curved shoulder, wide, straight neck and ring mouth, closed with a cork; mould line on neck and shoulder; paper labels on body read "HAMAMELIN" and "THIS BOTTLE OR PACKET IS CHARGED 1d". Still contains black lumps of something. Ht. 53mm, base diam. 34mm.
87.10.1-6BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESSix hexagon-sectioned bottles of dark blue glass: each bottle has two of the sides vertically fluted, and "NOT TO BE TAKEN" moulded in relief on the side between the fluted sides; the capacity of each bottle is also moulded in relief on the base: "10OZ", "6OZ", (87.10.3 blank), "2OZ", "1" and 87.10.6 unclear; all have straight necks and ring mouths. Hts. 180mm, 161mm, 144mm, 105mm, 87mm and 70mm; base diams. 62mm, 51mm, 46mm, 39mm, 30mm and 27mm.
87.11.1-5BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESFive hexagon-sectioned bottles of dark green glass: each bottle has three of the sides vertically fluted, and some bottles have capacities moulded on the base: "12 2" on 11.1, "10" on 11.2, "RA2" and "3" on 11.3, "RB1" and "2" on 11.4, 11.5 blank; 11.1 is a different shape, with rounded corners at the top and bottom of the hexagonal part of the bottle; 11.4 has had the base broken off and glued back on; 11.5 has "NOT TO BE TAKEN" moulded instead of fluting on one of the sides. Hts. 182mm, 175mm, 130mm, 112mm and 83mm, base diams. 62mm, 64mm, 44mm, 40mm and 24mm.
87.12BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESGlass dispensing bottle: oval-sectioned with curved shoulder, tapered neck and ring mouth, with horizontal lines moulded across one side to divide the capacity into quarters; mould line round bottle; clear, blue-tinged, bubbly glass. Ht. 156mm, max. base diam. 61mm.
87.13BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESOintment jar of glazed white pottery: circular, with heavy cylindrical base and circular lid; stamped on the base "MAW [illeg]". Base diam. 65mm, ht. with lid 42mm.
87.14Home FrontNO PROVENANCESamples of poison gases, for recognition training World War II: a fabric-covered, rectangular, dark green case with a flap closed by a pop-stud; inside are four cylindrical glass phials with black plastic screw tops; the Mustard Gas and Lewisite phials have a glass tube fastened to the top containing ?cotton wool, with the open end of the tube downwards so that vapour forms at the bottom of the phial. A flange round the tube prevents its being withdrawn completely. The BBC phial has a similar tube but without the flange and not fastened to the phial top. The Phosgene phial contains a number of thin sealed glass tubes, thrust into some white powder at the bottom of the phial - beside the phial is a steel blade in a paper marked "glass knife". The phials have the names of the gases painted on them in red and the names are repeated on a label inside the case flap. Outside is a label "Property of the Home Office (A.R.P. Dept.) Dangerous Chemicals. Anyone finding this case etc." Case 110 x 85 x 27mm, phials 100mm long x 14mm diam.
87.15Home FrontNO PROVENANCEA visual identification set, containing simulated poison gases for recognition training 1944-48: a rectangular wooden case, painted black, with a transparent cover of ?talc. The bottom of the case frame is held on with two screws - it can be removed and the talc slid out, exposing four sealed glass phials labelled "Mustard Gas", "B.B.C", "D.M." and "Lewisite". Case 150 x 125 x 27mm, phials 83mm long x 13mm diam.
89.01Home FrontNO PROVENANCETwo National Savings Badges, Second World War: one cast brass or similar, in the form of a wreath surmounted by a crown, with "National Savings" in capital letters on two bars across it and a single unsprung pin behind; length 31mm (excluding pin). The other a painted metal disc with St George and the dragon and "National Savings Movement. Lend to Defend" in red and blue on a white ground, with sprung pin; diam. 31mm.
89.02Home FrontNO PROVENANCETwo Red Cross badges, Second World War: a ?capbadge of cast brass or similar with enamelled red cross shield (the enamel damaged) inside a circle with "The British Red Cross Society", surmounting a scroll with "Inter Arma Caritas"; folding spikes behind for attachment; max width 40mm. The other a ?shoulder badge of openwork cast brass or similar, reading "Hunts", with copper eyelets behind for attachment; max width 39mm.
89.03Home FrontNO PROVENANCEFire Guard armband, Second World War: dark blue cloth sewn into a ring, with "Fire Guard" woven in gold; width 85mm.
89.04Home FrontNO PROVENANCEVoluntary Aid Detachment armband, Second World War: dark blue cloth closed into a ring with a three-pinned white metal buckle; an embroidered roundel sewn onto the outside reading "Immobile" round the outside and "V.A.D." in the middle (yellow letters on a blue, black and white roundel); inside the band, behind the roundel, is sewn a white label inked "Beds 31697 14 B.R.C.S." Max width 85mm.
89.05Home FrontNO PROVENANCECivil Defence armband: dark blue cloth sewn into a ring with "Civil Defence" in a semi-circular design of lines, surmounted by a crown; width 90mm.
89.08AircraftHuntingdonshireST IVESThe rear undercarriage strut of a Maurice Farman "Shorthorn" biplane, presumably from the aircraft which crashed in the garden of Barnes House, St Ives, on 23rd September 1917: a strut of varnished wood, of streamlined section rounded at the front and tapered to a point at the back, tapering to an oval section at each end. Two canvas strips are wrapped round it, and a hole in the middle holds two eyelets, one on each side, with the end of a wire brace attached to each of them. There is a transfer of the Aircraft Co. Ltd., London, around each eyelet. Length 65cm, width 9cm.
89.08 (contd.)Aircraft
89.09AdministrationHuntingdonshireST IVESMedallion commemorating the twinning of St Ives with Stadtallendorf in Germany in 1988-89: a circular disc of white metal (?pewter) with the towns' crests on the obverse and the inscription "Stadtepartnerschaft mit St Ives, 19.11.1988/22.04.1989"; on the reverse a design showing various aspects of Stadtallendorf with the name of the town beneath. In a blue plastic case with foam lining. Medallion diam. 60mm, thickness 3mm.
89.10AdministrationHuntingdonshireST IVESGlass paperweight commemorating the twinning of St Ives with Stadtallendorf in Germany in 1988-89: a flat-bottomed oval of glass, engraved on the bottom face with the towns' crests and the inscription "St Ives - Stadtallendorf, 19th November 1988". In a brown cardboard box. Paperweight length 100mm, thickness 17mm.
89.11SkatingArnold Tebbutt's sledge chair: a wooden chair on sledge runners, with a handle behind so it can be pushed along by a skater; folds flat when not in use; painted maroon, with "A. Tebbutt" in black on the handle. Ht. 91cms, length 99cms, width 43cms.
89.12BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESMineral water bottle by Wadsworth's of St Ives: a flat-bottomed Hamilton bottle of aqua glass, with holes on either side of the lip for wiring the cork; embossed "J. WADSWORTH ST IVES" and with JWSTI monogram; "RBB" embossed on base; mould seam round body and different mould seam round lip. Ht. 185mm.
89.12*BottlesHuntingdonshirePIDLEYSee 89.12, a Wadsworth mineral water bottle found at Pidley but catalogued under ST IVES.
89.13BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESA pot for "Poor Man's Friend", presumably some kind of patent medicine: cylindrical with slight swelling at the rim, no lid or cover, glazed white (rather cracked), with writing in blue: "Poor Mans Friend. price 1/1½. Prepared only by Beach & Barnicott, SUCCESSORS TO THE LATE Dr Roberts. Bridport". Ht. 40mm.
90.02BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESMineral water bottle by Stocker of St Ives: a Hamilton bottle of aqua glass with mould line round it, neck broken, embossed "STOCKER & CO Superior Gingerade ST IVES". Present length 185mm.
90.03MilitaryNO PROVENANCEReplica Civil War helmet: copy-moulded from glass reinforced plastic, with face-guard of metal, from an original displayed in the Royal Armouries, Tower of London; helmet with slight central crest, face-guard and visor hinging upwards on two rivets, ear flaps hung from inner pieces of leather, and fixed "lobster-tail" guard over the neck. Length 400mm.
90.04PotteryHuntingdonshireABBOTS RIPTONBellarmine jug used as a witch bottle: a salt-glazed Bellarmine with face on the neck and coat of arms on the front; broken but repaired. Ht. 225mm.
90.05BottlesHuntingdonshireEARITHA message in a bottle, 1st April 1896: a long-necked, cylindrical-bodied bottle of clear glass, with expanded mouth, mould line on shoulder and raised base; the base moulded with "C.S. & C:L:" and "1542". Containing part of the cork and a piece of paper, the paper printed on one side with the words ". . . School Union, . . . BAILEY, ETC.) . . . ure Examination, . . . RCH, 1896. . . . Healer and Teacher . . . to 32; vi 20 to 49; vii 1 to 17; . . . ix 18 to 27. . . . MIDDLE DIVISION." and written in pencil on the other side "F. Humphreys, April 1st 1896, E. Thoday, A.B. Thoday, [illeg.]". Bottle ht. 26cms.
90.06MilitaryHuntingdonshireEARITHMost of a sword, quite well preserved but with the point of the blade missing: a 1796 Light Cavalry sabre, regulation pattern, the blade slightly curved, tapered from the thick back to the thin cutting edge; the hilt is of wood with metal grip plate, cross-piece and guard. Present length 60cms.
90.07 a-cAdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEThree standard weights, of 56, 28 and 14 pounds: brass weights, spherical with flat bottoms and cast handles, each with a screw let into the bottom concealing a cavity to hold extra scraps of lead etc. to finely adjust the weight. Each weight rests on a plinth made of two flat pieces of wood with a round hollow in the top, lined with felt. The markings cast on the weights have been obliterated with rosette-shaped stamps, presumably when they went out of use, but they originally all bore the number "1222" and "County of Huntingdon"; the larger two at least had the maker's name "Bate, London". There were also various stamps, applied when the weights were checked. Hts (without holders) 28, 18 and 14cms.
90.08a-kAdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEEleven standard capacity measures: bushel, half bushel, peck, gallon, half gallon, quart, pint, half pint, gill, half gill and quarter gill: sold brass cylindrical containers with expanded rims and bases, the five largest having external loop handles springing from near the base, cast of a piece with the measures, with wood grips in the case of the largest three, ivory grips for the gallon and half gallon. No handles on the other six. Cast in the rim of the bushel measure is "IMPERIAL STANDARD BUSHEL"; above the base is "BATE, LONDON, MAKER OF THE ORIGINAL STANDARDS FOR THE EXCHEQUER, CITY OF LONDON &c &c &c". "1222" is stamped just below this, and here and on the rim are other stamps indicating when the measure was checked - royal ciphers and dates from 1879 to 1960.
90.08a-k (contd.)AdministrationThe half bushel to pint measures have the same cast wording and stamps, except that the different measure is named on each rim and the base reads "BATES, LONDON, MAKER OF THE EXCHEQUER STANDARDS". From the half pint to the half gill no maker's name is given (but "1222" is still stamped on each); the quarter gill is also stamped "1222", gives no date or county and gives the maker as "DE GRAVE SHORT & CO LTD LONDON" - perhaps this measure is a later replacement, as it has no stamp earlier than 1936. Rim diams. 50, 40, 31, 19, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6.5, 5, 4.5cms.
90.09AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEThe standard yard measure of Norman Cross Hundred, 1853: a hollow-backed length of brass with hexagonal bosses at each end, the yard engraved with the words "Imperial Yard County of Huntingdon 1853" and the bosses stamped with various royal ciphers. In a wooden box lined with red felt, "Norman Cross" (or perhaps "Normans Cross") painted on the lid in black; screwed on the top of the lid is a brass plate engraved "County of Huntingdon Norman Cross De Grave & Co London". Overall length of measure 97cms, box 100cms.
90.10AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEA wooden box containing the parts of three beam scales, of 1, 7 and 56 pounds capacity. Each scale has the following parts: 1) A pair of flat, circular brass pans, stamped with royal ciphers and dates between 1896 and 1960, attached by brass chains to a pair of copper pivots, each with a bearing of white metal by which they hang from their cross beams. 2) A copper cross beam with an edged block of white metal at each end to take the pivots the pans hang from, and another such block in the middle from which the cross beam hangs; there is a pointer below this central block; the cross beams also have stamped ciphers and dates and are cast or engraved "Patent 14067, County of Huntingdon, Capacity 1 (or 7 or 56) LB, For Outdoor Use" on one side and "De Grave & Co., Makers, London" on the other.
90.10 (contd. 1)Administration3) A central hanger with a white metal bearing in which the central block of the cross beam rests, a scale at the bottom against which the cross beam pointer runs, and a pivot at the top from which the whole assembly of hanger, cross beams and pans is hung; engraved "Provl. Patent 23401 1895". The 56lb scale consists only of parts 1-3. Its central hanger has a pivot at the top which was presumably hung from any convenient hook. But the two smaller scales have two further parts from which the pivot of the central hanger was suspended: 4) A brass stand, comprising a tube with a curved cross member pivoted at the top, at one end of which is a pin from which the central hanger of the scale is suspended; the other end is tied with string to a lever pivoted from the bottom of the stand, so that when the lever is pressed the scale pans rise into the air.
90.16a-eAdministrationHuntingdonshireST IVESA set of five cup weights: of brass (although some of the smaller ones have been filed on the base, presumably to adjust the weight, and show white metal, presumably lead, there); the cups fit inside one another, the largest weight having a lid (now detached) that hinges over it and encloses the whole set. The lid is engraved "64 oz. Avoir. (St Ives, Standard, 1819)". The other weights have their values engraved on their rims, in the form "32oz. Avoir", also 16oz, 8oz and 4oz. All the weights have assay marks or official stamps inside them: an A with horizontal bar on top of it, a coffee pot, a dagger handle, a crown with CII and a crown with G. Hts 7.5, 6, 4.5, 3.5 and 2.5cms.
90.16a-e (contd.)Administration
90.17AdministrationHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONThe cast-iron ring from the top of a signpost, with the place-name "HUNTINGDON". The ring rises from a hollow, circular base which has a bolt in it to fasten it to the top of the signpost; the name is cast in relief on the ring and painted black on a white background. Ht 64cms, ring diam. 33cms.
90.18AdministrationHuntingdonshireBRAMPTONThe cast-iron ring from the top of a signpost, with the place-name "BRAMPTON". The ring rises from a hollow, circular base which has a bolt in it to fasten it to the top of the signpost; the name is cast in relief on the ring and painted black on a white background. Identical to 90.17 (from Huntingdon) except the different place name and some more black paint - on the rings round the base. Ht 64cms, ring diam. 33cms.
90.20AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEA 7lb food beam scale: a wooden box with cupboard-type doors and leather carrying handle, containing the following four components: 1) A wooden base to which is screwed an upright tube of white metal, with a cradle at the top which supports the beam of the scales; a lever folds down at the front, and when pressed it lifts the beam from the cradle and allows it to pivot on its bearing; a pointer running down from the beam reads off against a white plastic scale attached to the upright tube, to show how far the beam varies from the horizontal; there are bearings at each end of the beam to take the hangers for the scale pans. The beam is engraved "HUNTS COUNTY COUNCIL TO WEIGH 7lb" and "5635". This number is repeated on the cradle for the beam, where is also engraved "AVERY DE GRAVE LONDON".
90.20 (contd. 1)Administration2) Two hangers of white metal, with recesses to fit over the bearings on the beam, and loops below from which scale pans can be hung. They are engraved "5635" and "L" and "R" respectively. 3) Two scale pans of white metal, slightly dished and each hung from three chains, meeting in a pivot at the top, with a hook through it for attachment to the hangers; the pans are engraved "5635" and "L" and "R" respectively and each has calibration stamps of royal ciphers and dates, for 1955 and 1960. 4) Another pair of scale pans of white metal: the left-hand one is thicker and heavier than those described at 3) but has the same chains etc., and the same engraving and stamps; the right-hand one is a rectangular bowl shape (as used in greengrocery etc. until quite recently) with a framework beneath it and a solid hanger for attachment to one side, instead of the chains and pivots; the bowl has the same engraving and stamp and is also stamped "STAINLESS"; the solid hanger is engraved "5635".
90.21FarmingNO PROVENANCEJ. Hall's Patent Clock Gun (bird scarer): a rectangular box of metal - galvanised or similar - on flat metal legs and with carrying handle on top; the lid folds back to reveal the mechanism: a clock with a blade on its single hand, which cuts threads that are stretched from wooden bobbins at the back of the box, across a set of 12 tubes bored in a block of wood, down to notches in the brass rim of the clock where the threads are secured; 12 iron cores can be placed in the tubes supported by the stretched threads: as each thread is cut by the clock hand, the core falls onto a set of horizontal tubes in a block of metal at the base of the object, designed to hold 12 rim-fire cartridges; setting the threads in particular notches on the clock's rim therefore allows 12 cartridges to be fired at chosen intervals before the clock needs to be re-set;
90.21 (contd.)FarmingNO PROVENANCEalso with a metal plate to hold the cartridges in position, a wire hook to catch the threads when pulling them through the holes, and a wooden dowel - purpose unknown, perhaps for pushing out the spent cartridges. In white paint on the front: "J. HALL'S PATENT CLOCK GUN STATION-ROAD WORKS WIGTOWN, CUMBERLAND"; on the top (almost disappeared) "THIS SIDE UP"; and on the back "DANGER". Ht. (excluding handle) about 50cms.
91.02BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESGlass mineral-water bottle by Wadsworth of St Ives: a complete example of the marble-stoppered type, of opaque greenish glass, with the glass marble still in the neck; embossed on the side "J. WADSWORTH ST IVES HUNTS" with the JWSTI monogram and in small letters "A. Alexander & Co., Leeds & London". Ht. 185mm.
91.03BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESGlass mineral-water bottle by J. Wadsworth of St Ives: of clear green glass with mould line and some bubbles, wired ceramic top with rubber washer; embossed on the side "J.WADSWORTH ST IVES HUNTS" with the JWSTI monogram, repeated on the base; also on the side is "Dale Brown & Co. Ltd., Swinton". Ht. 222mm (excluding stopper).
91.04PlateHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCESilver cup: plain, goblet-shaped cup with expanded disc edged with ball mouldings half-way down the stem, and ball mouldings round the edge of the base; with turned plinth of black wood. Ht. 220mm (cup) and 69mm (base). Engraved on cup: "2n Batt. Hunts H.G. [i.e. Home Guard], Adjutant's Cup, Presented by Capt. W.A. James, 1942, Victor Ludorum" and on the back: "Winners, 1942 'A' Coy". Hallmarks beneath the base.
91.05MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESF.A. Standen's army issue spoon: a plain dessert spoon of white metal, with pittings under the bowl; cast in the handle is "WD" (i.e. War Department) and the government broad arrow, above the handle is stamped the owner's army number, 14059.
92.01MilitaryHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEButtons of the First, or Duke of Manchester's, Light Horse Volunteer Corps, 1859-82: a card of 24 large (24mm diam) hemispherical buttons, ?of silvered brass, with relief moulding on the front showing an MV monogram, with ducal coronet above and figure "1" below; each button has a ring on the back, and the back recess-moulded with "J.W. Reynolds & Co., London, 50 St Martins Lane". The card of buttons is wrapped in a piece of white paper printed with "Boggett & Reynolds, Button Manufacturers, by Appointment to her Majesty, No. 50 St Martins Lane, London".
92.02MilitaryHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEButtons of the First, or Duke of Manchester's, Light Horse Volunteer Corps: a card for 24 buttons but now containing only six small (13mm diam), plain hemispherical buttons, ?of silvered brass, each with a ring on the back and moulded with "Bogget & Co. London". The card of buttons is wrapped in a piece of plain white paper.
92.03MilitaryHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEButtons of the First, or Duke of Manchester's Light Horse Volunteer Corps: a piece of brown paper containing, loose, ten large buttons (as in 92.01) and six small buttons (as in 92.02); written on the paper, probably in a contemporary hand, is "10 large & 6 small buttons Duke of Manchester's Vols".
92.06UnclassifiedHuntingdonshireST IVESPottery disc issued to commemorate the 350th anniversary of St Ives Free Church: of buff ware, slightly buckled, moulded in relief on one side with a lobed design containing a steeple, gables and "350", and round the outside "The Free Church (United Reformed) St Ives 1642 1992". Diam. 44mm.
92.07SportsHuntingdonshireST IVESThe pad of an otter, mounted on a silver base and fitted with a brooch fastening, engraved on the base of the mount "St Ives Sept. 28th., 1933". Length 73mm.
92.08AircraftHuntingdonshireST IVESA wooden stool said to have been made from pieces of the spire of St Ives parish church after the air crash of March 1918: the base consists of four planks of ?elm, tapering slightly towards the top and with bevelled and shaped openings cut out of the bottom of each side; one side has cracked from the top of the opening. The top of the stool, originally fastened on with tongues engaging slots in the base but now too warped for this to work, is square, bevelled round the edges and carved with an elaborate design. Base 34cms high, top 25cms square.
92.09UnclassifiedHuntingdonshireHEMINGFORD ABBOTSA glass bowl engraved by the Hemingford artist David Peace: a Dartington Crystal "Chalice Large Comport" (a widely flared bowl on a stem); Engraved on the bowl, so as to be read from above, in italic letters with extended risers and descenders, running round the bowl: "They that build up spiritual temples, they are the men truly charitable". Round the base, in a simpler style of lettering, is engraved: "OLIVER CROMWELL in a letter from St Ives 11 Jan. 1635/6". On the underside of the stem is engraved the artist's signature, with a fleur-de-lys and "1992". Ht. 16cms.
92.09 (contd.)UnclassifiedHuntingdonshireHEMINGFORD ABBOTS
92.4LaceA yard of pillow lace made by Mrs Enoch Read of Easton. Bedfordshire design with 9-point picot edge, has honeycomb stitches, woven bars, ½ stitch trails and kat stitch. Width about 55mm.
92.5LaceA yard and a half of pillow lace made by Mrs Enoch Read of Easton. Bedfordshire design with constant trail of cloth stitch and cloth stitch chevron. Width about 35mm.
93.02BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESMineral water bottle by J. Wadsworth of St Ives: a dark green upright cylinder bottle, with mould line on body and neck but not on the mouth, so the mouth was presumably applied later; with cork, which may or may not be original. Embossed on sides "J. WADSWORTH ST IVES HUNTS"; "LEMON BREFFITS 152S MAKERS LONDON" and a crown. Ht. 184mm.
94.01Locks and keysHuntingdonshireHOUGHTONThe lock and key from the Black Eagle windmill: a plank of wood hollowed out to contain the lock mechanism, which has a tongue of solid metal, a slide and a spring; flat plates on the hollowed out side hold the mechanism in place; the key has wards with an S section. Plank 350 x 230 x 40mm, key 150mm long.
94.02Clocks & watchesHuntingdonshireALCONBURY WESTONA pocket sundial: a bronze ring with a small loop at the top for it to be hung by, and a slit round part of the ring for the sun to shine in through. The slit is marked round the outside with the intial letters of each month in the year ("I" for "J"s) with a scale divided into weeks: something now missing must have been slid along this scale to correct the dial for any week in the year. Opposite the slit is a scale inside the ring, where the shadow of the missing piece in the slit would have fallen, to mark the hours from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Diam. 33mm, ring 12mm wide.
94.03PlateHuntingdonshireST IVESAn engraved silver plaque, originally attached to one of the oak mallets with which the foundation stones of St Ives Methodist Church were laid on 26th May 1904: a shield-shaped plaque with three holes for attachment; with hallmark at the top (Sheffield 1903), then "New Wesleyan Church St Ives Hunts. Presented to Mr H.G. Parker 26th May 1904". Ht. 44mm
94.03 (contd.)PlateHuntingdonshireST IVES
95.01SmokingHuntingdonshireST IVESMost of a clay tobacco pipe, by Mumby of St Ives: the bowl is cracked and the end of the stem is missing; "J" and "M" moulded in relief on either side of the spur, and the bowl has a stamp ". . .MBY ST IVES". Present length 155mm.
96.01Clocks & watchesHuntingdonshire?FENSTANTON?A "shepherd's sundial": a boxwood cylinder into which an ogee top fits with a small white metal ring at the top, and a slit in the bottom in which a white metal blade pivots. The top can be removed and the blade pivoted in the slit until it protrudes at an angle, and the top is then replaced in the cylinder so that the blade casts a shadow. The outside of the cylinder is stamped with letters and numbers - letters for the days of the month round the bottom and numbers for the times of day vertically down one side. The letters and numbers have red paint in them and are joined by carved lines, straight or curved. Ht. 97mm.
96.01 (contd.)Clocks & watches
96.02BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONStoneware jar, glazed cream up to just below shoulder and brown above, with original loop handle broken off and replaced with one of thick wire; in dark brown on shoulder: "The Property of Jenkins & Jones Limited Wine & Spirit Merchants Huntingdon" and "Doulton Lambeth". Ht. 22cms.
96.03UnclassifiedHuntingdonshireST IVESA needlework plaque made by Elsie Griffiths (née Knight), daughter of Herbert Norris's cousin Georgina: a circle of canvas worked with a design of huckleberries in cross stitch, with card backing and wooden frame. Diam. 222mm.
96.04BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESGlass storage bottle or "shop round": circular-sectioned bottle of clear, colourless glass, shouldered and with narrow neck and flared rim; stopper ground to fit, with flat handle on top of it; the side of the bottle recessed for a label, which is printed in black, red and gold with the words "ESS: AMYGDAL:". Ht. 155mm (excluding stopper) or 175mm inclusive. Base diam. 63mm.
96.06 a-bSkatingPair of skates with boots; Colquhoun & Cadman "Go-ahead" blades mounted in wooden foot-stocks with straps for fastening; also heel screws and two spikes towards the front of the foot-stock; the boots are black leather with long laced fronts and high heels; the soles are scored by the spikes on the foot-stocks. Blade length 32cms.
96.07 a-bSkatingPair of all-metal skates with boots: figure-skating blades with serrations on the curve of the front, the blades hollow-ground; stamped "Made in Sweden". With metal plates above the blades for screwing to the soles of a pair of black leather boots - lady's I think from the shape; the boots have lace holes at the bottom and buttons nearer the top, one boot still screwed to its blade, the other loose. Blade length 27cms.
97.11BottlesHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERWine bottle of thick green glass, with squat body and deep depression in the base, tapering neck with flat rim below the irregular mouth. Some pieces glued together, with one fragment still loose; the glass roughened and decayed on the outside. Ht. 174mm, max diam. 143mm.
97.12SmokingHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERClay tobacco pipe, short 19th-century type with large, upright bowl with vertical rilling round the rim, spur below it and slight expansion at the mouthpiece. Length 117mm.
97.13SmokingHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERThe bowl and part of the stem of a clay tobacco pipe, 19th century type moulded with a bird's foot grasping the bowl. Present length 79mm.
97.14SmokingHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERThe bowl and part of the stem of a very small wooden pipe - for opium? Plain round bowl with small bore, drill marks still visible inside the stem; part of the outside of the stem chewed by rodents. Present length 45mm.
97.15BottlesHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONCastor oil bottle: the same size and shape as a modern wine bottle, of clear glass, with vertical mould line, cork stopper with expanded top, the top painted red; paper label stuck on, reading "Pure Castor Oil for Cattle etc.", with a picture of various farm animals and a list of "doses" for livestock ranging from horses to fowls; below this is "R.J. Atzema, M.P.S., Chemist, KIMBOLTON". Still some oil in the bottle. Ht. (inc. stopper) 300mm.
97.16aCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONThe tool chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a mahogany box with hinged lid, leather strap screwed to the front and elaborate brass plate round the keyhole; a tray inside slides on runners from front to back and is divided into two unequal compartments. 40cms long by 27cms wide by 23cms high.
97.16aaCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a red cardboard box, printed on and inside the lid with the same Craven A logos and information as z), and with "Punch" written twice on the top in pencil; containing six steel punches for punching circular cores out of wood; and one solid punch with blunt point and cross-cut section round the middle to hold it by. Length of box 150mm.
97.16bCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: two mallets, one with cylindrical wooden head with three grooves round it and two "V"s carved on it, length 27cms; the other with a head made of leather rolled into a cylinder and held together with four nails, length 29cms.
97.16bbCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a tin box with details of St Bruno Flake (¼lb box) on the lid; containing pieces of thick thread, one of them threaded through a curved needle; two smaller needles with similar curves; three pieces of white chalk and one of pink. Length of box 89mm.
97.16cCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a hammer, of conventional design with one end of the head round-sectioned, the other end flat; length 262mm.
97.16ccCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a pair of safety goggles, two small eyepieces of glass with surrounds of wire gauze joined by a chain muffled in cloth and with a ribbon for tying them round the head. Length of glass eyepieces 42mm.
97.16dCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: two hammers with curved heads, one end of each head round sectioned, the other ends divided by a cleft which is wider towards the handle but closes together near the end; one head stamped "Stanley made in USA", the other has "English Make" on one side and a snail on the other. Lengths 272mm & 260mm.
97.16ddCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a cardboard box of ?-inch tacks, still almost full and with a paper label on the opening. Length of box 80mm.
97.16eCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: two hammers with long heads - the striking end square-sectioned on one and octagonal-sectioned on the other; the other ends of both heads are flat, with a cleft protrusion on one side for taking out nails. Lengths 245mm and 271mm.
97.16eeCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: 16 reels of thread, various sizes and colours, four with labels by Finlayson Bousfield & Co of Johnstone, Scotland; four are Maygrove's "Green Label" and six their "Red Label"; two unlabelled.
97.16fCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: ashwood tool of unknown purpose, with handle and rectangular hole (see photo); length 247mm.
97.16ffCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a white cloth drawstring bag containing many turnbuttons, poppers, screws etc. similar to those in z). Some of the screws seem to be much more recent than the other objects in this tool kit.
97.16gCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a mahogany parallelogram with edges and corners carefully rounded off - a pattern of some kind? Max length corner to corner 151mm.
97.16ggCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: two long, curved metal rods each with a blunt point at one end and a flat blade cut with notches at the other; the longer one has a reinforcement of two plates riveted on either side near the blade, which has two notches - the smaller has three. Lengths 534 and 199mm.
97.16hCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a knife with a steel blade set in a slit in the wooden handle and held with three rivets, the blade tip broken off; the blade engraved "George ?Barnett & Sons Sheffield England Damasc[-] Steel"; handle has paper label printed "Sharpened for use, ?Guaranteed - Any Defect [-] Return to [-]". Length 203mm.
97.16iCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: folding ruler, wooden with brass hinges, two feet long and folded into six-inch sections, with inches and centimetres marked in black, also "Foreign".
97.16jCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: four tools consisting of wooden handles and round-sectioned steel points, with brass ferrules round the ends of the handles into which the square-sectioned butt ends of the points are rammed; two of the tools have "V"s carved on the handles. Lengths 265mm, 168mm, 162mm and 145mm.
97.16kCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: four points, wooden-handled tools with steel points, similar to j) but with shorter and less substantial points - perhaps for making holes in leather as they seem too flimsy for use on wood; one of the handles has a "V" carved on it. Lengths 166mm, 138mm, 122mm, 105mm.
97.16lCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: two small gouges or chisels, wooden handles with short metal tips ending in something like a screwdriver, but too sharp for that and with the corners slightly worn down. Lengths 118mm & 109mm.
97.16mCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a bradawl, wooden-handled with a small, bladed point; high gloss varnish on the handle suggests that this is much more recent than the other tools. Length 132mm.
97.16nCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a ?gouge, wooden handle with a curved blade ending in a divided tip with a channel running up the middle; "V" carved on the handle. Length 194mm.
97.16oCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: the wooden handle of a tool like those indexed as j)-n) but with no point or ferrule. Length 90mm.
97.16pCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: large steel needle with eye at one end, the point end square-sectioned and curved. Length 170mm.
97.16qCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: two large needles consisting of long, thin steel rods, pointed at both ends and with small eyes near one end. Lengths 258mm and 252mm.
97.16rCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: three steel points, lengths of ?stainless steel rod with not very sharp points at each end - purpose? Lengths 229mm, 220mm and 170mm.
97.16sCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a metal spatula, pointed at one end, tapering outwards to a flat section at the other; the tip of the flat end has been thickened outwards, looking as though the tool has been hammered against something hard - if so, the pointed end must have been set in a handle as it shows no sign of wear. Length 186mm.
97.16tCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a skewer of stainless steel or aluminium, a pointed rod with the butt end bent round to form a circle. Length 111mm.
97.16uCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: three metal tools or parts of tools, one with the tip bent at an angle and bifurcated, presumably to remove nails etc; one with a sharp hook at one end, ending in a flattened top at the other; and the third just a straight piece of steel rod. Lengths 111mm, 86mm and 145mm.
97.16vCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a small block of wood with leather over one end, beneath which the wood is grooved slightly; there is a nut and bolt through the middle of the block. Length 70mm.
97.16wCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTool from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a block of yellow beeswax, presumably for waterproofing thread. Length 83mm.
97.16xCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a small leather "housewife" or wrap-around purse, closed with a popper stud and containing three needles, one of them threaded; some of the cloth lining eaten by larvae. Length (unfolded) 235mm.
97.16yCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a green-painted flat rectangular tin, with "screws" scratched on the lid, also two designs hard to make out, and printed inside the lid "William Crawford & Sons Ltd Biscuit Manufacturers" etc; containing many small steel skewers, like t) but smaller, consisting of sharp points with the butt ends bent into circles. Length of tin 155mm.
97.16zCrafts UpholstererHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTools from the chest of an upholsterer employed at Windovers, car body builders in George Street, probably about 1920: a flat rectangular tin of yellow metal painted red, with lettering on top and inside of lid referring to Craven A cork tipped Virginia cigarettes; containing many parts of turnbuttons, poppers, rings and screws of white metal. Length of tin 151mm.
97.19TransportHuntingdonshireST IVESRailwayman's lamp from St Ives railway station: a square reservoir for paraffin with screw cap in one corner (with chain link round the top to stop it being lost); above this a square lamp with glass circular windows in each side; one side hinges open and is closed with a spring clip; below this is a knurled knob to raise and lower the wick in a brass nozzle in the centre of the lamp; on top of the lamp is a copper chimney with hinged lid and a loop handle, with chain joining the lid to the handle. All parts of white metal except the nozzle and chimney. Reservoir has metal plate attached, engraved "ST IVES". At the top of the door is a brass plate with cast letters "Lamp Manufacturing & Railway Supplies Ltd." (rest of the inscription rubbed off). An abbreviated version of this name also appears on the knurled knob. Embossed on the lid of the lamp are "LNER", "Rd. No. 711206" and "Welch Patent". Ht. (with handle raised) 29cms, reservoir 150 x 145mm.
97.19 (contd.)TransportHuntingdonshireST IVES
97.20TransportHuntingdonshireST IVESRailwayman's lamp from St Ives railway station: identical to 97.19 with the following exceptions: the wick is still present; the chain joining the chimney lid to the handle is missing; there is no "St Ives" plate on the reservoir, though a mark suggests there was one there once, and the reservoir has "M" embossed on two sides; the brass plate on the door is less rubbed and below the maker's name can be made out "London" and "Welch Patent"; the lamp lid has embossed, instead of "LNER", an oval cartouche with "BR(E)"; the corners of the reservoir are more rounded. Dimensions the same as 97.19.
97.21TransportHuntingdonshireST IVESRailwayman's lamp from St Ives railway station: identical to 97.20 except that there is no trace of a "St Ives" plate on the reservoir or of a maker's plate on the door; also that the "BR(E)" embossed on the lid does not appear in a cartouche; the chain joining the chimney lid to the handle is present. Dimensions the same as 97.20.
97.22BusinessesHuntingdonshireST IVESAn ashtray by Whaley's of St Ives: a thick sheet of clear plastic, rectangular with rounded corners, moulded to a cupped shape; a sheet of white material with a design printed in black has been sealed beneath so that it shows through the plastic: it has a drawing of St Ives bridge and chapel with "Whaley's" above and the "As I was going to St Ives " rhyme below. Length 142mm.
98.01AircraftNO PROVENANCEA 10-centimetre magnetron, as used in centimetric radar sets, still in its original packaging: an assembly of brass discs painted black on the outer faces and with three radio valves with brass and copper fittings protruding from it; packed in sheets of corrugated cardboard cut to size and bound together with sticky paper tape. The magnetron is stamped 7729 on one side and A24450 on the other (with an obscure stamp including a 6 on this side too); a transfer on one side has "Cathode" and an arrow, on the other is a transfer reading "CV64 Serial No. 2073 L" and an arrow, the "2073" written by hand. The tape round the packing is marked in ink "Magnetron 10cm Airborne". Magnetron length 195mm.
98.01 (contd.)Aircraft
98.05BusinessesHuntingdonshireST IVESA pocket calculator by Sinclair Cambridge: rectangular box of black plastic with display, 19 grey keys and an on-off switch; painted on the front "Sinclair Cambridge %" and cast on the back "Sinclair Made in England". Label gummed on the back printed with number "WO3 04 2083 0". Fitting into a black plastic case. Calculator 111mm long by 50mm wide.
98.06PotteryHuntingdonshireST IVESA pot made by the St Ives artist Barry Puttick: expanding towards the base and top and with slight grooving round it from the potter's wheel; grey inside but with the outside decorated in overlapping areas of various coloured glazes, the grey-brown fabric of the pot left uncovered in a few places. Ht. 113mm.
98.07TransportHuntingdonshireST IVESThe broken spade used by Cllr Mike Harford to cut the first turf for building St Ives bypass, 15th December 1978: the blade is plated in polished metal (?chrome) and a fragment of wooden handle protrudes from the socket, with a brass core in the middle of it; the rest of the handle is snapped off and cracked up most of the shaft; the top of the handle has a wooden cross-piece with metal plates to strengthen the corners. Engraved on the blade is "Presented by A. Monk and Co Ltd to Councillor M.J. Hartford [sic] who cut the first turf on the St Ives Bypass, December 15th 1978". Length reassembled about 99cms.
98.07 (contd.)TransportHuntingdonshireST IVES
98.08BuildingsHuntingdonshireEARITHThe memorial stone to Whakatara Henry White, died 1837, from Earith Wesleyan Chapel: a rectangular stone slab 46cms high by 63cms wide by 4cms thick; with a separate plain pediment the same width and thickness, and 9cms high at the pointed centre. The slab has the inscription: NEAR THIS PLACE LIE THE REMAINS OF / WHAKATARA HENRY WHITE A / NATIVE OF NEW ZEALAND WHOSE CON- / VERSION TO GOD WAS THE FRUIT OF / MISSIONARY LABOUR. / HE CAME TO THIS COUNTRY WITH / MR AND MRS WHITE, IN JULY, AND DIED / DECEMBER 18TH 1837, AGED 18 YEARS. / "HE DIED IN THE FULL TRIUMPH / OF FAITH.
98.08 (contd.)Buildings
98.09 a-bSkatingPair of ice-skates, all-metal, with their original box: the blades are thick and hollow-ground, the bottom edge slightly convex; plates to support the heel and toe are fastened to the top of the blade with nuts and bolts; the plates have screw holes for attaching the boots. Stamped on one side of the blades "No. 43 The Monier Williams Skate" with a trade mark, and on the other side "11" and "John Wilson Portland Works Sheffield" with a greyhound. Length 305mm.
98.09cSkatingLidded box of brown cardboard with paper labels glued to the lid: the one on top reads "John Wilson Marsden Bros & Co. manufacturers of celebrated tools Skates & Cutlery, Trafalgar Street, Sheffield"; the one on the end reads "John Wilson, Maker, Sheffield. The Monier-Williams Skate No. 43 for 11 inch c/m boot" (the "11" written in ink). 345 x 90 x 50mm.
99.02BottlesCheshireNANTWICHA Codd-type marble bottle of clear aqua glass, intact and with the marble still in the neck; embossed on the sides "Gomer Jones Nantwich" and "The Rylands 4 Barnsley". Mould line on the body with mouth added afterwards; bubbles in the glass. Ht. 233mm.
99.03BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESLarge stoneware jar by Wadsworth's: cylindrical body with tapered, convex neck ending in cushion-shaped mouth, and with spout at the bottom; of grey stoneware with brown colouring down to just below the shoulder; a screw top of black rubber-like material fits in the top and a cork with a metal tap-handle through the middle fits in the bottom spout; three holes in the side of the spout, one for the jar contents to run out of when the cork is loosened, the other two presumably for some kind of wire fastening to hold it in place. Painted on the side of the jar in black: "J. WADSWORTH ST IVES, HUNTS" with the firm's JWSTI monogram and "Trade Mark"; painted on the top edge of the bottom spout "PROTECTED"; incised on the shoulder "1" and "Skey Tamworth". Ht. without stopper 322mm.
99.04Home FrontNO PROVENANCEA small ARP badge of white metal: the initials ARP in a small panel with a crown above, jutting out from a triangular back plate which is stamped "E.P.N.S."; presumably a collar badge; length 21mm.
99.05BuildingsHuntingdonshireST IVESBrass shop sign from Johnson's grocer's shop, No. 23 Crown Street: a long sheet of brass, bent back at the top and with a timber batten bolted into a rolled-over section along the bottom; shapes cut out at the top, at each end and two in the middle, presumably to accommodate mullions when the sign was fitted over the window sill; engraved "Johnson" with a thistle-head shaped stop at the end. Length 3.7m.
99.06BusinessesGloucestershireCIRENCESTERTiepin by Herbert Norris at Cirencester: simple safety-pin design of yellow metal with butterfly set in the middle decorated with small balls of blue and pearl; and with a bean-shaped pendant hanging from a chain, also with a small white ball set in it. In small padded and leather covered case, maroon on the outside with a gold line; the lining of the lid printed “Goldsmith & Jeweller, Herbert E. Norris, Market Place, Cirencester”. Tiepin length 35mm, case length 64mm.
99.07CostumeHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONThe top pocket of a Huntingdon Grammar School blazer, c. 1968: green cloth with the school crest embroidered on it in gold and red (a stag's head with "H.G.S." below it in a shield-shaped outline). Ht. 145mm.
Ref. 1Norman CrossA toy of carved bone: a lady with a spinning-wheel and distaff, on a platform with sprockets and a handle beneath; turning the handle made the spinning-wheel revolve, the lady's head move from side to side and her left arm move up and down. Ht. 123mm.
SAVNM.2013.12SportHuntingdonshireST IVESLondon 2012 Olympics purple plastic street banner, used in St Ives for the duration of the Olympics.
SAVNM2013.15TransportHuntingdonshireWoodhurstWoodhurst ParsonageDriver's Licence for Maurice (E?) Place, Woodhurst Parsonage, Huntingdon 'is hereby licensed to drive a Motor Car or Cycle for the period of twelve months from the 27th day of March 1929 imto; the 28th day of March 1930. No 24728. Front cover shows the Hunts County Council emblem, Motor Car Act, 1903, Driver's Licence. No endorsements. Folded card, 102mm L x 67mm W.
SAVNM2013.19FarmingHuntingdonshireHoughtonPlum Tree Cottage garden, PE28 2AYCrotal bell, found in donor's garden (garden borders the church). This bell has a 'T' or Cross shape on it which we believe (according to document online called Crotal bells by Rod Blunt) is 16th - 17th century.
SAVNM2013.2MedicalHuntingdonshireSt IvesBook: 'Midwifery for Nurses', 6th edition, 1931, Author: Henry Russell Andrews, 187mm l x 127mmw x 24mm depth
SAVNM2013.3BusinessesHuntingdonshireSt IvesSt Audrey's RoadLaminated works logo of F.A. Standen & Sons Ltd. Printed: 'Supplied by F.A. Standen & Sons Ltd Agricultural Engineers St Ives, Hunts, Also Whittlesey, Ely, Wisbech, Cambs.
SAVNM2013.9FMilitaryHuntingdonshireEarith?World War I handwritten greetings card 'Greetings for the New Year from Dr H J Simons BEF France. Drawing on front (in ink) is of the insignia of the Middlesex Regiment. Inside reads 'With wishes sincere for a Prosperous New Year' from Your loving Brother Bert.
SAVNM2014.1.aCrafts BasketmakerHuntingdonshireFenstantonWoven willow laundry basket with hinged lid. Height 460mm, width 510 mm
SAVNM2014.1.bCrafts BasketmakerHuntingdonshireSt IvesWoven round willow shopping basket with stiff woven handle. Height including handle 480mm, diameter 280mm.
SAVNM2014.1.cCrafts BasketmakerHuntingdonshireSt IvesBasket maker's large bodkin with a hand turned hardwood handle and steel point. Length 325mm.
SAVNM2014.1.dCrafts BasketmakerHuntingdonshireSt IvesBasket maker's small bodkin with a hand turned hardwood handle and steel point. Length 190mm.
SAVNM2014.1.eCrafts BasketmakerHuntingdonshireSt IvesBasket maker's bodkin with a red plastic handle and steel point. Length 265mm.
SAVNM2014.1.fCrafts BasketmakerHuntingdonshireSt IvesClasp knife with folding steel blade. GPO issue 1966. Made by Joseph Rodgers & Sons, Sheffield, England. Length 120mm.
SAVNM2014.1.gCrafts BasketmakerHuntingdonshireSt IvesClasp knife with folding steel blade. GPO issue 147. Made by Joseph Allen & Sons, Sheffield, England. Length 120mm.
SAVNM2014.1.hCrafts BasketmakerHuntingdonshireSt IvesBasket maker's commander formed of a length of solid iron with a U-shape at one end. Length 500mm.
SAVNM2014.1.iCrafts BasketmakerHuntingdonshireSt IvesBasket maker's beating or rapping iron. Wedge shaped cast iron with a loop at one end. Length 265mm.
SAVNM2014.1.jCrafts BasketmakerHuntingdonshireSt IvesBasket maker's picking knife. Turned wooden hadnle, brass ferule, steel blade. Length 170mm.
SAVNM2014.10TreasureHuntingdonshireHuntingdon districtA silver-gilt 16th century dress pin with a hollow case spherical head. This is a relatively small example of a common type of dress pin. The head is divided into two hemispheres, the lower is flatter than the upper, and is separated by a double band of wire which circles the girth. There is identical decoration on both hemispheres. There are three filigree circlets on each hemisphere, a smaller circlet within these and a knop within each of these. There are also three smaller circlets in each hemisphere in the spaces left by the larger circlets. The smaller circlets are not always central within the larger circlets. A larger knop extends from the apez. Part of the decoration on the lower hemisphere as well as half of the central girth has been obscured from being heated too much during production. The shaft seems ot have been bent deliberately to 180 degrees but is otherwise very smooth and regular so appears to be drawn. The cross-section of the shaft is circular and of 1.68mm diameter. The diameter of the head is 7.8mm, the length of the shaft (if extended) is c.46mm, total length in current state (bent shank and pin head) is 25.29mm and weighs 1.95g.
SAVNM2014.2Crafts BasketmakerHuntingdonshireSt IvesIron cleave used for stipping willow. Length 675mm.
SAVNM2014.3HuntingdonshireSt IvesMorris Dental Surgery, St IvesQuilted wallhaning of The Quay and Bridge, St Ives. Made for Jane Morris (Dentist) by Dawn de Silva, Val Linford, Sarah Blackley, Carole Smith, Sandra Burton and Marina Bell, March 2001 (members of Cromwell Quilters, Huntingdon).
SAVNM2014.4.1BusinessesHuntingdonshireSt IvesWellington StreetCardboard laundry box from St Ivo Model Laundry. Printed on lid of box "Box charges 7/6 if not returned, St Ivo Model Laundry, St Ives, Hunts, Tel St Ives 3226" Marked 503 on the right hand side of the lid. Canvas strap (in two pieces) would have secured the contents in the box. Buckle to one side now lost. Printed label on front side of lid reads " YOUR LAUNDRY WANTS TO HELP YOU: the van driver has a long round to serve and time and petrol are precious. Always have your box READY when he calls. If you must go out, leave it with a neighbour. Help your laundry to give a good service." Box is reinforced on all corners with leather and studs. L 592 x W 291 x D 126mm. Label stuck on the base inside reads 'The Enfield Box Co Ltd, Queensway, Enfield…"
SAVNM2014.4.2BusinessesHuntingdonshireSt IvesWellington StreetFramed advert for St Ivo Laundry, Wellington Street, St Ives. 'For Economy! A new Laundry Service…bring your laundry to use and have it washed in soft water and dried without creases. It will be ready for you to collect in 24 hours. The charge is 8 lbs for 2/8 and 31/2d per lb. Thereafter. For full particulars apply within or to: St Ivo Laundry, Wellington Street, St Ives. Frame measures 445mm x 290mm.
SAVNM2014.4.3BusinessesHuntingdonshireSt IvesWellington Street30 brown paper bags printed with 'St Ives Quality Cleaners, Tel. 3331, Wellington St, St Ives, Hunts. Showing a drawing (in same navy print) of a view of The Quayside and the bridge with a rowing boat on the river. Dimensions : 424mm L x 305mm w.
SAVNM2014.4.4CostumeHuntingdonshireSt IvesWellington StreetBrown leather lady's handbag inscribed with a drawing of the bridge and in gold capitals underneath 'THE BRIDGE, ST IVES'. The bag has a front flap with a handle on the top. There is a trim of sewn leather strips around the edges. The bag opens up to 4 different sections, one of which is a central purse section with metal clasp. A small oval mirror is on the front of the interior. It is inscribed 'Made in England' near the magnetic clasp. There is a also a label that reads MADE IN ENGLAND, ARDEN FOREST, WARE GUARANTEED.
SAVNM2014.4.5BusinessesHuntingdonshireSt IvesWellington StreetFramed 'DRY CLEANING SPECIAL REGULATIONS, 1949' which came from St Ivo Laundry. Form 1036, December 1949, Factories Acts 1937 and 1948. In a plaster and wood frame. Frame measures 425mm x 320mm wide.
SAVNM2014.4.7.1BusinessesHuntingdonshireSt IvesWellington StreetMetal print plate for St Ivo Model Laundry, Wellington Street, St Ives, Hunts.. 189mm x 58mm. Shows a house with a chimney and trees, with a 'St Ivo Model Laundry' van outside.
SAVNM2014.4.7.2BusinessesHuntingdonshireSt IvesWellington StreetMetal print plate for St Ivo Model Laundry, Wellington Street, St Ives, Hunts. 66mm x 53mm. Shows two washer women with hats on with their hands in a large bucket of water on a table in front of them.
SAVNM2014.4.7.3BusinessesHuntingdonshireSt IvesWellington StreetMetal print plate for "Quality Cleaners W Briars, WCP Briars, Wellington Street, St Ives, Hunts" 124mm x 34mm
SAVNM2014.4.7.8BusinessesHuntingdonshireSt IvesWellington Street4 printing rods and pieces for St Ivo Model Laundry, all 280 mm long, One metal rod has the letters 'Proprietors WCP Briars' in very small text. One metal rod has nothing attached to it. Another has the printing letters ST IVO MODEL and the last rod has LAUNDRY attached to it.
SAVNM2014.4.7.9BusinessesHuntingdonshireSt IvesWellington StreetCream handled plastic shaving brush (?) that was with the printing items SAVNM2014.4.7.8. Maker's mark on handle and stamp on base illegible. Bristles have been cut short and the ends are tainted green.
SAVNM2014.5.1BusinessesHuntingdonshireBuckdenSilver StreetPub/brewery metal sign for The White Horse, Silver Street, Buckden. In two parts. This part has 'Huntingdon' painted on white on a green and red split background. It is 2794mm long and 373mm wide.
SAVNM2014.5.2BusinessesHuntingdonshireBuckdenSilver StreetPub/brewery metal sign for The White Horse, Silver Street, Buckden. In two parts. This part has 'Ales' painted on white on a green and red split background. It is 1170mm long and 373mm wide.
X. 3264FarmingNO PROVENANCEIron stake or spike. Length 420mm.
X.0747UnclassifiedWiltshireBISHOPS CANNINGA carved wooden figurine of a cherub or similar, painted pink, perhaps with traces of gold paint; left hand and right arm are missing. Ht. 95mm.
X.1593Crafts MillerHuntingdonshireST NEOTSA millstone, presumably from a windmill: a disc apparently of millstone grit, with concentric grooving on one side and traces of the original dressing on the other, with a butterfly-shaped hole in the middle for the shaft; in five pieces cemented together, but only two are still stuck to each other. Diam. c. 76cms, c. 8cms thick, central hole 28 x 8cms.
X.1607Crafts MillerHuntingdonshireST NEOTSAbout one third of a millstone, grey, rough on one side and with traces of mortar or rendering, suggesting it may have been built into a wall at some time, but dressed with deep and clear grooves on the grinding surface. Diam. when complete about 56cms, thickness about 5cms.
X.1608Crafts MillerHuntingdonshireST NEOTSTwo pieces of millstone, grey, rough on one side but dressed with deep grooves on the other; covered with traces of mortar or rendering and one piece has some brick or tile cemented to it, so they must have been built into a wall at some time. Lengths 34 and 30cms, thickness 4-5cms.
X.1609Crafts MillerHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEPart of a millstone, about a quarter segment, said to be of red granite: rough on one side but dressed with grooves on the other. 30 x 28cms, 6cms thick.
X.1698BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESGlass mineral water bottle by Wadsworth of St. Ives: a pale, clear green "Hamilton" type bottle (i.e. round-bottomed, so as to be stored on its side, keeping the cork moist and therefore gas-tight); mould line on body of bottle but not on the expanded mouth; embossed "J. Wadsworth St Ives Hunts" on one side, and with JWSIH monogram on the other. Length 231mm.
X.1788WheatleyHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAMPart of a reflector telescope made by John Wheatley of Bluntisham, c.1865: a straight-sided wooden barrel 40cms high and 54cms in diam., bound with iron hoops at top and bottom and with two iron pivots on the side; also a rough sighting mechanism of two metal loops on a block of wood on the outside of the barrel; the base of the barrel is made of two circles of wood bolted together; inside the barrel, and bolted to its base with a large bolt and butterfly nut, is a cradle for the mirror: three circles of wood screwed together, with an iron framework round half the diameter to support the mirror, and with dowels and nails protruding from the wood to hold it an exact distance above the base. Diam. 47cms. To rest in this cradle (but stored separately because of its great weight) is the mirror (or "speculum"): a solid disc of metal alloy 455mm in diam. and 35mm thick, polished to a mirror on one side, dull on the other faces and partly covered with plaster on the back; some pieces are chipped away around the edges. (contd.)
X.1788 (contd. 1)WheatleyHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAMA wooden disc, 47cms in diam. and with wooden slats on the back to handle it by, has wash leather (smeared with paint - used for something else before?) tacked over its face: it was plainly used to slide into the barrel and rest on top of the mirror, leather side down, to protect it. Another disc, 53cms in diam. and made from two pieces of wood with similar slats on the outside, rests on top of the barrel to close it.
X.1788 (contd. 2)WheatleyHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAM
X.1789WheatleyHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAMA circular marquetry table made by John Wheatley of Bluntisham in 1862-3: the pedestal is of oak and walnut, with three legs on castors, elaborately carved and with rosettes added at various points; the table top rests on the square top of the pedestal, and hinges on two brass bolts so that it can lie flat or stand upright; the bolts can also be removed to separate pedestal from top. Height of pedestal 74cms. The circular top has a carcase of five boards glued together, with oak edging strips glued round to form a ring below, with a moulded edge and a marquetry top in oak and maple; the design is based on compass arcs and sections of circles. Shrinking of the boards of the table top carcase caused four large cracks to open up in the marquetry, which were repaired in 1995 (but now opening up again). Table top diam. 117cms. Resting in the top of the pedestal (but now kept elsewhere while the table is on display) is a board with paper pasted to it and an account written on it of how the table was made, signed and presumably written by Wheatley himself. (See Notes for the text).
X.1789 (contd. 1)WheatleyHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAM
X.1789 (contd. 2)WheatleyHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAM
X.1789 (contd. 3)WheatleyHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAM
X.1790WheatleyHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAMA pitch pipe, made for Bluntisham Meeting House by John Wheatley: a square-sectioned tube of mahogany, rounded to a circular-sectioned mouthpiece at the top, with lip cut at the top of the squared part; inside the tube slides a square-sectioned rod of mahogany, with rounded and knobbed handle at the bottom, and a piece of cork screwed to the top to fit into the bore of the tube; a piece of lighter wood is inlaid into the rod, with the musical notes cut into it (including some sharps): so that drawing the rod out to a particular note and blowing in the mouthpiece presumably makes that note sound. Still plays notes in some positions. Length with rod pushed right in 47cms. Tube 33 x 36mm.
X.1790 (contd.)WheatleyHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAM
X.1791Crafts SurveyorNO PROVENANCEA surveyor's wheel of mahogany and brass, with a dial to measure yards, furlongs and miles up to 12 miles: a six-spoked wheel of mahogany with iron tyre screwed to the rim, circumference 100 inches; with brass hub set in mahogany forks, brass plates screwed over the axle; one of the forks is presumably solid, the other contains the shaft (the fork is broken near the top, exposing the steel shaft meeting a brass socket just below the dial); the dial, at the top of the forks, has two hands, the longer pointing to the outer dial marking yards up to 220; the shorter to two inner rings, each of 12 miles divided into furlongs; above the dial is a mahogany handle, the shape of which seems intended to allow the wheel to be pushed by hand. Wheel diam 81cms, dial diam. 185mm, total ht. 130cms.
X.1791 (contd.)Crafts Surveyor
X.1815Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMA joiner's tool chest: a large wooden chest, the bottom divided into two compartments by a vertical divider; above this, a set of drawers slides to and fro on runners across the box; hinged lid with lock; wooden fittings inside lid and inside one side of the chest for saws. Brass plate inside the lid is engraved (rather crudely) "C. Wilson". Outside of chest painted matt grey; two black-painted metal loop handles on the ends. 92cms long x 52cms wide x 53 cms high.
X.1815 (contd.)Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAM
X.1816Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMBeechwood Try Plane: a large block of beech with a handle on top and a blade set in it, the blade cast with "J. Frost Norwich Warranted Cast Steel"; the end of the block stamped "Griffiths Norwich" and "E.R. Wilson", presumably the maker and owner respectively. Length 56cms.
X.1816-30Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMX.1816-30 are tools found in the joiner's chest X.1815: see index record for the chest for details of its provenance.
X.1817Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMBeechwood Jack Plane: a block of beech with a handle on top and a blade set in it, the blade cast with "Ward . . . Warranted Steel"; the end of the beechwood body stamped "W. Greenslade Bristol Exhibition medals London Dublin Paris Melbourne" and "E.R. Wilson". Length 425mm.
X.1818Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMBeechwood Smoothing Plane: a block of beech with a metal plate under its forward end, held by a screw through the wooden block, and a blade wedged through by another piece of wood; the blade is cast with "W. Marples & Sons Hibernia Warranted Cast Steel Sheffield England"; the end of the wooden body is stamped "Griffiths Norwich" and "E.R. Wilson". Length 20cms.
X.1819Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMBeechwood Rebate Plane: a large block of beech with a handle on top and a blade wedged in; wooden knob at top of forward end and strip of wood screwed onto one side of the bottom of the body; blade is cast with "I. Sorby Cast Steel Sheffield Warranted"; end of wooden body is stamped "Griffiths Norwich" and "A.F. Wilson". Length 384mm.
X.1820a-cCrafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMThree spokeshaves: the largest (a) is of beech, stamped "J. Frost Norwich" and "C. Wilson", length 364mm; the two smaller ones (b-c) are of boxwood, b) stamped "(?)James Howarth Sheffield", length 259mm, c) stamped "J. Frost Norwich", length 268mm.
X.1821Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMBeechwood marking gauge: shaft of wood with a very small blade protruding from the side, near one end; sliding along the shaft is a flat piece of wood with rounded sides, which can be locked in any position with a curved wedge between it and the shaft; this piece is stamped "S. Ince" on two ends. Length about 215mm.
X.1822Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMMetal cabinet scraper: with hollowed handles rather like a spokeshave but with a heavy blade protruding down through the base rather like that of a plane, the blade held in position by a thumb screw; cast into the metal "Stanley No. 80". Length 29cms.
X.1823Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMJoiner's brace of ebony and brass: two elbows of ebony with brass plates on either side; above the top elbow is a round ebony knob and between the elbows is a curved ebony handle; the brass of the bottom elbow extends down to form a square socket to take the bits; the brass sections are stamped "Improved Brass Frame Brace", "Mackintosh & Sons Cambridge" and "C.F. Wilson"; the ebony of the bottom elbow is carved with "T.A.D." twice. Length 34cms.
X.1824Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMRatchet screwdriver and drill: a spiral shaft of cast steel with with a socket for bits at one end and a turned wooden handle at the other, connected by a ball joint to give some flexibility; with a wooden collar running along the shaft and fitting its section tightly so as to rotate the shaft as it is worked up and down. No stamps or marks. Length 35cms.
X.1825a-bCrafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMA pair of draw bore pins: two identical tools, each consisting of a long tapering shaft of steel coming almost to a point (about 2mm diam. at the narrow end), set in a stout handle of turned boxwood. Each has "J. Frost" cast in the steel shaft and "C. Wilson" stamped on the handle. Length 415mm.
X.1826a-cCrafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMA beechwood hand screw and two steel dogs: the screw has two shafts carved with screw threads and two wooden clamp jaws across them; one jaw has holes for both the shafts, the other has a hole for one shaft but only a hollow to take the tip of the other; turning the shafts by the handles on their ends makes the jaws come together or move apart; stamped "C. Wrench" twice on one jaw end and with "T.A.D." carved on the side of each jaw. Jaws 260mm long. Also two steel dogs, shaped like staples with flattened spikes on each end of a round-sectioned centre piece. Each about 13cms long.
X.1827Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMA metal reeder: a metal body with hollow handles rather like a spokeshave but holding a blade adjustable by means of a thumb screw, with an adjustable guard held on by a screw to position the tool relative to the edge of the wood being worked; cast in the handles is "Preston's Patent Reeder". Length 33cms.
X.1828Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMBeechwood router: a large block of moulded wood into which a wooden wedge holds a narrow blade; stamped "A.F. Wilson" on the wedge and "C. Wilson" twice on the main block. Length 180mm.
X.1829Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMA metal stamp forming the name "C.F. Wilson". Length 62mm.
X.1830a-bCrafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMTwo augers, with wooden handles mounted at right angles across the top of steel drill bits; (a) has "F. Wilson" stamped on the handle; length 138mm; (b) is stamped "W.D. & C." and "C. Wilson"; length 128mm.
X.1844PotteryHuntingdonshireST NEOTSThe base of a chafing dish or similar: a flat circular base with a hollow pedestal on it and the base of a bowl on the pedestal; with an arched hollow in the pedestal and an opening in the bottom of the bowl; coarse red ware with a lustrous metallic glaze on the inside of the bowl. Base diam. 108mm.
X.1845PotteryHuntingdonshireST NEOTSPart of the handle of a very large jug or pitcher: a hollow tube attached to part of the body of a pot with deep thumb impressions all round the join; pink ware with brown-green glaze. Max ht. of body section 110mm.
X.1846PotteryHuntingdonshireST NEOTS?Lid of buff ware with yellow glaze: hollow bottom with two rows of indentations round the outside, tapering to a segmented, inward-sloping top, above which the rest is broken off. Present ht. 77mm.
X.1847PotteryHuntingdonshireST NEOTSMouth of a jug of grey stoneware, with pinched lip and part of the handle; below the lip is moulded a lion's face with bands of stamped or rouletted decoration, coloured in mottled dark blue; the handle has a piece of lead wrapped round it - a repair? Present ht. 79mm.
X.1849PotteryHuntingdonshireEYNESBURYThree sherds from the neck of a pot of cream stoneware with green glaze, including the plain rim and with moulded decoration of acorns etc. Ht. 80mm.
X.1851TransportCambridgeshireSWAVESEY"Boneshaker" bicycle made by a Swavsey blacksmith: the wheels have wooden felloes and iron tyres, with thick metal spokes joining the hubs to metal eyelets on the inner face of the rims; the front wheel has pedals consisting of triangular wooden treads on metal spindles, which can slide up and down on cranks fastened to the ends of the wheel axle. The front fork connects through a head tube to a straight handlebar with turned wooden grips and brass knobs at each end. Forward of the head tube is a spiral-ended bracket; behind it the main tube curves down to the rear forks. At the back wheel axel the rear forks meet the leaf springs which support the flat piece of metal on which the seat slides - the seat is also metal, curved to shape and supported with a wooden wedge beneath, the whole assembly held on with butterfly nuts. A lever brake at the front of the fear fork has lost its brake block and also the cable that presumably once attached it to the handlebars. Front wheel diam. 92cms, rear wheel diam. 72cms, overall ht. 1.24m, length 1.7m.
X.1851 (contd.)TransportCambridgeshireSWAVESEY
X.1852Crafts ButcherNO PROVENANCEA butcher's block: a circular block of wood with rounded bottom - apparently of burr wood - with three round-sectioned legs of ?ash, which are a recent restoration. Block diam. 35cms, overall ht. 90cms.
X.1853MilitaryNO PROVENANCEAn armoured gauntlet of steel plates fastened with brass rivets: the wrist formed from fixed plates, the upper one rising to a point on the forearm; the hand protected by two moving plates below and six above, the plates fastened together by rivets so as to slide over one another - beautifully designed and made. The plates cover the base of the thumb and the lower ends of the fingers, with a raised bar across the knuckles. Decoration of engraved lines and some raised shapes - a lozenge on the thumb and a teardrop on the hand. Length when extended about 26cms.
X.1853 (contd.)Military.NO PROVENANCE
X.1860SportsNO PROVENANCEThe two poles from a "trandling" net, used to catch larks or snipe: two round-sectioned poles of ?ash, seem to have been painted white at one stage. Length 4.02m, max diam. 35mm.
X.1860 (contd.)SportsNO PROVENANCE
X.1861BuildingsNO PROVENANCEThe lead housing of a water pump: a pipe made from lead sheet rolled and welded and strengthened with flanges round it, tapered to a small bore at the bottom; the top of the pipe is fitted into a rectangular box, open at the top and with moulded decoration on the front face, out of which a smaller pipe protrudes. Ht. 86cms.
X.1862UnclassifiedNO PROVENANCEThe ?flywheel for an unknown piece of machinery: a wheel with rectangular-setioned rim, four spokes and a hub, all of thick cast metal; two quadrants of the wheel have additional pieces of curved metal attached inside the rim from spoke to spoke, presumably to give extra momentum, and one spoke has an irregular lump of metal attached to it with loops of wire so that it can slide up and down the spoke - also for extra momentum, presumably, and plainly a do-it yourself addition to the wheel; the hub has a flange on one side of it with four bolt-holes; the hole through the middle of the hub has been fastened to an axle with lead; there are also small holes through the rim, purpose unclear. Wheel diam 76cms., rim width 45mm, hub flange diam. 165mm.
X.1863Trade tokensHuntingdonshireBUCKDENTrade token (halfpenny) by William Reeve of Buckden, 1667. Obv. WILLIAM REEVE. In the centre: HIS HALFE PENNY. Rev. OF B.GDEN. In the centre: R.W.M.
X.1864a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireCATWORTHTrade token (halfpenny) by John Talbott of Catworth, 1668. Obv. JOHN TALBOTT. In the centre: I.T. Rev. OF CATWORTH. 1668. In the centre: HIS HALF PENY.
X.1865Trade tokensHuntingdonshireELTONTrade token (halfpenny) by John March of Elton, 1667. Obv. JOHN MARCH AT YE. In the centre: a crown. Rev. IN ELTON IVEN. 1667. In the centre: HIS HALFE PENY.
X.1866Trade tokensHuntingdonshireEYNESBURYTrade token (farthing) by Henry Ashley of Eynesbury, 1668. Obv. HENRY ASHLEY. In the centre: A.H.A. Obv. IN EYNESBVRY. In the centre: 1668.
X.1867a-cTrade tokensHuntingdonshireEYNESBURYTrade token (halfpenny) by Andrew Selby of Eynesbury, 1668. Obv. ANDREW SELBY OF 1668. In the centre a fleur-de-lys. Rev. EYNESBURY AND POTEN. In the centre: HIS HALF PENY.
X.1868Trade tokensHuntingdonshireFENSTANTONTrade token (halfpenny) by Tobias Hardmeat of Fenstanton. Obv. TOBIAS HARDMEAT. In the centre a beehive. Rev. IN FENEY STANTON. In the centre: HIS HALF PENY.
X.1869Trade tokensHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERTrade token (halfpenny) by Henry Beck of Godmanchester, 1669. Obv. HENRY BECK. 1669. In the centre B.H.K. and a sugar loaf. Rev. IN GODMANCHESTER. In the centre HIS HALF PENY.
X.1870Trade tokensHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERTrade token (farthing) by Robert Carles of Godmanchester. Obv. ROBERT CARLES IN. In the centre, arms of the Grocers Company. Rev. GODMANCHESTER. In the centre, R.C.
X.1871a-dTrade tokensHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERTrade token (farthing) by Samuell Connye of Godmanchester. Obv. SAMVELL CONNYE OF. In the centre, a cock. Rev. GODMANCHESTER. In the centre, S.C.
X.1872MilitaryHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEA Huntingdonshire Militia sword, 1751 pattern: a "hanger" - short sword with one-sided, slightly curved blade, brass hilt with spiral grip and three-bar open guard, ball pommel; the blade is stamped on both sides with a running wolf containing the letters "SH" (for Simon Harvey); engraved on the hilt is "M=HUNTINGDON" and "3/59". Length 78cms.
X.1873Trade tokensHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERTrade token (halfpenny) by John Skeggs of Godmanchester, 1668. Obv. JOHN SKEGGS. 1668. In the centre, a two-headed eagle. Rev. OF GODMANCHESTER. In the centre, HIS HALFE PENY I.S.
X.1874Trade tokensHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERTrade token (halfpenny) by William Wright of Godmanchester, 1666. Obv. WILLIAM WRIGHT. 1666. In the centre, HIS HALF PENNY. Rev. OF GODMANCHESTER. In the centre, W.W.M.
X.1875Trade tokensHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTrade token (farthing) by Mary Chambers of Huntingdon, 1657. Obv. MARY CHAMBERS. In the centre a crown. Rev. IN HVNTINGTON. 57. In the centre: M.C.
X.1876a-dTrade tokensHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTrade token (farthing) by T.P. of Huntingdon, 1653. Obv. IN HVNTINGTON. In the centre: T.P. Rev. GROCER. 1653. In the centre: R.H.
X.1877a-eTrade tokensHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONTrade token (farthing) by Robert Rabie of Huntingdon, 1653. Obv. ROBERT RABIE IN. In the centre: R.R.P. Rev. HVNTINGTON DRAPER. In the centre: 1653.
X.1878a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONTrade token (farthing) by John Wollaston of Kimbolton. Obv. IOHN WOLLASTON. In the centre three cloves (Grocers' arms). Rev. IN KIMBOLTON. In the centre: I.W.
X.1879Trade tokensHuntingdonshireRAMSEYTrade token (halfpenny) by John Becke of Ramsey. Obv. IOHN BECKE OF RAMSEY. In the centre, Grocers' arms. Rev. GROCER HIS HALF PENY. In the centre: B.I.M.
X.1880Trade tokensHuntingdonshireRAMSEYTrade token (farthing) by Miles Berriffe of Ramsey. Obv. MILES BERRIFFE. In the centre, the Haberdashers' arms. Rev. IN RAMSEY 1666. In the centre: M.B.
X.1881Trade tokensHuntingdonshireRAMSEYTrade token (halfpenny) by John French of Ramsey and Chatteris. Obv. IOHN FRENCH OF 1669. In the centre, the Drapers' arms. Rev. RAMSEY AND CHATTERIS. In the centre: HIS HALFE PENY.
X.1882a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireRAMSEYTrade token (halfpenny) by James Jarman of Ramsey, 1669. Obv. IAMES IARMAN. In the centre, an arrow between I.I. Rev. OF RAMSEY 1669. In the centre: HIS HALFE PENY.
X.1883Trade tokensHuntingdonshireRAMSEYTrade token (farthing) by James Jarman of Ramsey, 1663. Obv. IAMES IARMAN. In the centre an arrowhead. Rev. IN RAMSEY 1663. In the centre: I.I.
X.1884a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireRAMSEYTrade token (farthing) by James Sharpe of Ramsey. Obv. IAMES SHARPE. In the centre, the Grocers' arms. Rev. OF RAMSEY. In the centre: I.S.
X.1885Trade tokensHuntingdonshireRAMSEYTrade token (halfpenny) by John Williames of Ramsey and St Ives. Obv. IOHN WILLIAMES. 1668. In the cente, a plough. Rev. OF ST IVES AND RAMSEY. In the centre, two crossed tobacco pipes, HIS HALF PENY.
X.1886a-dTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (halfpenny) by the Overseers of St Ives. Obv. The Overseers. Halfe Peny. Of St Iues. 1669. Rev. POOR WOMEN, two women washing in a tub.
X.1887a-cTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (farthing) by the Overseers of St Ives. Obv. The Overseers Farthing of St Iues. 1669. Rev. POOR WOMEN, two women washing in a tub.
X.1888a-cTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (farthing) by Thomas Berriffe of St Ives. Obv. THOMAS BERRIFFE. In the centre, the Haberdashers' arms. Rev. OF SAINT IVES. In the centre: B.T.M.
X.1889Trade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (farthing) by Henry Cordall of St Ives, 1657. Obv. HENRY CORDALL. In the centre, a coat of arms. Rev. IN ST. IVES. 1657. In the centre: C.H.E.
X.1890Trade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (half penny) by Thomas Filbee of St Ives. Obv. THOMAS FILBEE OF ST. In the centre, a crown. Rev. IVES. HIS HALF PENY. In the centre: F.T.R.
X.1891Trade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (farthing) by Edward Hallsey of St Ives, 1663. Obv. EDWARD HALLSEY. In the centre, the Salters' arms. Rev. IN ST. IVES. 1663. In the centre: E.H.
X.1892Trade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (farthing) by Edward Hallsey of St Ives, 1667. Obv. EDWARD HALLSEY. In the centre, a sugar loaf. Rev. OF ST. IVES. 1667. In the centre: H.E.I.
X.1893Trade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (farthing) by William Harrison of St Ives, 1657. Obv. WILLIAM HARRISON. In the centre: W.H. Rev. OF SAINT IVES. In the centre: 1657.
X.1894a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (halfpenny) by John Hickman of St Ives, 1668. Obv. IOHN HICKMAN IVNIOR. In the centre, the Salters' arms. Rev. IN ST. IVES 1668. In the centre: HIS HALF PENY.
X.1895Trade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (halfpenny) by Thomas Johnson of St Ives and Enfield. Obv. THO IOHNSON OF INFIELD. In the centre, a rose and crown. Rev. AND ST. IVES. HIS HALF PENY. In the centre, a coat of arms (three swans on a chevron between three birds).
X.1896a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (farthing) by William Nottingham of St Ives, 1663. Obv. WILL. NOTTINGHAM. In the centre: W.N. Rev. IN ST. IVES. In the centre: 1663.
X.1897a-dTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (farthing) by William and Job Perret of St Ives. Obv. WILLIAM AND IOB. In the centre, a bull. Rev. PERRET IN S. IVES. In the centre: P.W.I.
X.1898Trade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (halfpenny) by Edward Rabie of St Ives. Obv. EDWARD RABIE IN ST IVES. In the centre, a crown. Rev. COVNTY OF HVNTINGTON. In the centre, three tuns.
X.1899a-dTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST IVESTrade token (halfpenny) by Thomas Rewse of St Ives. Obv. THOMAS REWSE IN ST IVES. In the centre, George and dragon. Rev. COVNTY OF HVNTINGTON. In the centre: HIS HALFE PENY.
X.1900Trade tokensHuntingdonshireST NEOTSTrade token (halfpenny) by the Overseers of St Neots. Obv. THE OVERSEERS OF. In the centre: THEIR HALFE PENY. Rev. THE TOWN OF ST. EEDS. In the centre, two women seated making lace.
X.1901Trade tokensHuntingdonshireST NEOTSTrade token (halfpenny) by the Overseers of St Neots. Obv. THE OVERSEERS OF. In the centre: THEIR HALFE PENY. Rev. THE TOWN OF ST NEOTS. In the centre, two women seated making lace.
X.1902a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST NEOTSTrade token (halfpenny) by Thomas Annis of St Neots, 1667. Obv. THOMAS ANNIS OF. In the centre, the Apothecaries' arms. Rev. SAINT NEOTTS 1667. In the centre: HIS HALF PENY.
X.1903a-cTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST NEOTSTrade token (farthing) by Robert Doman of St Neots, 1664. Obv. ROBERT DOMAN 1664. In the centre, the Drapers' arms. Rev. IN ST. NEOTS DRAPER. In the centre: D.R.E.
X.1904a-cTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST NEOTSTrade token (halfpenny) by Thomas Hancocke of St Neots, 1667. Obv. THOMAS HANCOCKE. In the centre, a frying pan and T.H. Rev. OF SAINT NEOTS. 1667. In the centre: HIS HALF PENY.
X.1908a-cTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST NEOTSTrade token (halfpenny) by John Hatly of St Neots, 1668. Obv. IOHN HATLY. BAKER. In the centre: HIS HALF PENY. Rev. IN ST. NEOTES. 1668. In the centre, nine bread rolls.
X.1909a-cTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST NEOTSTrade token (farthing) by John Newman of St Neots. Obv. IOHN NEWMAN. In the centre, the Grocers' arms. Rev. OF ST. NEOTS. In the centre: N.I.M.
X.1910a-cTrade tokensHuntingdonshireST NEOTSTrade token (halfpenny) by Thomas Newman of St Neots, 1667. Obv. THOMAS NEWMAN. In the centre, the Mercers' arms. Rev. IN ST. NEOTS. 1667. In the centre: HIS HALFE PENY. T.N.E.
X.1911Trade tokensOxfordshireENSTONETrade token (halfpenny) by Thomas Newman of Enstone. Obv. THOMAS NEWMAN. In the centre, a ?lion. Rev. 166- [ANSTONE]. In the centre, HIS HALFE PENY.
X.1912Trade tokensHuntingdonshireSAWTRYTrade token (halfpenny) by Robert Michell of Sawtry, 1667. Obv. ROBERT MICHELL. In the centre, the Tallowchandlers' arms. Rev. OF SAWTRY. 1667. In the centre: HIS HALFE PENNY.
X.1913a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMTrade token (halfpenny) by John Smith of Somersham, 1670. Obv. IOHN SMITH. 1670. In the centre: HIS HALF PENY. Rev. OF SVMERSHAM. In the centre, a man chopping a log of wood.
X.1914Trade tokensHuntingdonshireSPALDWICKTrade token (farthing) by Henry Bull of Spaldwick, 1657. Obv. HENRY BVLL. In the centre: 1657. Rev. OF SPALDWICK. In the centre: H.B.
X.1915a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireSTILTONTrade token (halfpenny) by John Everell of Stilton, 1667. Obv. IOHN EVERELL. In the centre, a sugar loaf. Rev. OF STILTON. 1667. In the centre: HIS HALF PENY. I.E.E.
X.1916a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireSTILTONTrade token (halfpenny) by William Flower of Stilton, 1666. Obv. WILLIAM FLOWER. In the cetnre: TOLEMAN. W.F. Rev. OF STILTONE. 1666. In the centre: HIS HALFE PENNY.
X.1917a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireSTILTONTrade token (halfpenny) by Richard Ginn of Stilton, 1668. Obv. RICHARD GINN. In the centre, the Butchers' arms. Rev. IN STILTON. 1668. In the centre: HIS HALFE PENY. R.G.M.
X.1918a-bTrade tokensHuntingdonshireSTILTONTrade token (halfpenny) by John Metheringham of Stilton, 1668. Obv. IOHN METHERINGHAM AT YE. In the centre, a globe on a stand. Rev. GLOBE IN STILTON. 1668. In the centre: HIS HALFE PENY. I.M.M.
X.1919Trade tokensHuntingdonshireSTILTONTrade token (halfpenny) by Thomas Warde of Stilton, 1669. Obv. Thomas Warde. His Halfpenny. 1669. (Script in four lines). Rev. Stilton (script), with an angel above.
X.1920Trade tokensHuntingdonshireWOODHURSTTrade token (halfpenny) by William Burgis of Woodhurst, 1668. Obv. WILLIAM BVRGIS. HIS HALF PENNY. (In four lines). Rev. IN WOODHVST. 1668. W.B.S. (In four lines)
X.1921SmokingNO PROVENANCEIron rack used for holding clay pipes when they were being heated in a fire to clean them: three rings held together with four rods, the two outer rings on two legs each, the inner ring with a loop at the top for hanging. Length 30cms, ht 26cms.
X.1922SmokingHuntingdonshireWISTOWIron rack used for holding long clay pipes when they were being heated in the fire to clean them: three rings held together with two struts, the outer rings having two legs each to stand on and the inner ring a loop in the top for hanging it up; simpler and cruder than X.1921. Length 31cms, ht. 22½ cms.
X.1923SmokingHuntingdonshireSPALDWICKIron rack for holding long clay pipes when they were being heated in the fire to clean them: two rings held together with two struts, the rings with two legs each at the bottom (one of them missing), also a swivel hook in the top strut for hanging. Length 32cms, ht. 18cms.
X.1924SmokingHuntingdonshireST IVESA penny-in-the slot tobacco dispenser: a brass box on four feet with a handle, and two lids on either side of the handle; the left-hand lid conceals the money compartment and has a slot and a knob on top: placing a penny in the slot and pressing the knob makes the right-hand lid spring open, revealing a compartment for tobacco; the left-hand lid is held shut by a plunger which can be screwed into position with a key (missing). Length 245mm, ht. 185mm.
X.1925BottlesNO PROVENANCEHamilton bottle for mineral water: of aqua glass with mould line, embossed "J. Schweppe & Co 51 Berners Street Oxford Street Genuine Superior Aerated Waters". Length 240mm.
X.1926BottlesNO PROVENANCEHamilton bottle for mineral water: of pale green glass now turned opaque; with mould line and embossed "J. Schweppe & Co 51 Berners Street Oxford Street Genuine Superior Aerated Waters". Length 230mm.
X.1927BottlesNO PROVENANCEBottle of brown glass, presumably for wine or spirits, with mould line but apparently copying the shape of earlier bottles: squat with tapered neck, deep kick-up under the base with knob in the middle of it imitating the pontil. Embossed round the kick-up "Wynand Fochink Amsterdam". Height 177mm.
X.1928BottlesNO PROVENANCECylindrical stoneware bottle with wide, flared neck and cream-brown glaze - purpose? Ht. 198mm.
X.1929BottlesNorthamptonshireHARGRAVESmall bottle of green glass: squat, circular, with kick-up under base with mark of pontil, neck tapering inwards to an irregular mouth with string ring below it. A piece broken out of one side and glued back. ?18th Century. Ht. 107mm.
X.1930Bottles[Northamptonshire][OUNDLE]Beer bottle with a bizarre model inside: an aqua glass moulded bottle with screw thread inside mouth for stopper, embossed round the bottom of the sides "Smith & Co (Oundle) Ltd". Inside is a circular base cut from a Player's Navy Cut cigarettes or tobacco carton, with a cross on top it, made of wood and standing on a base of wooden crosspieces. Against the cross leans a miniature ladder, also a long strip of glass cut from another bottle (with the letters "Sterilized pure Bristol . . . ") with a wad of cotton wool or similar at its top. A wooden model of a heavy hammer is fastened to one of the crosspieces, and now loose inside is a wooden model of a pair of pincers. What on earth is this all about? I think the objects all represent symbols of the Passion. Ht. of bottle 247mm.
X.1931BottlesHuntingdonshireFENSTANTONShort, cylindrical stoneware bottle with large, flared neck and plain mouth, presumably closed by a large cork; glazed in grey-brown. Purpose? Ht. 135mm.
X.1932BottlesHuntingdonshireHAIL WESTONEarthenware vase, probably used for drugs: of white ware with a white glaze, narrow foot tapering out to a wide shoulder, then curving in to a narrow neck with thin cordon round it and thickened mouth. Ht. 192mm.
X.1933BottlesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONSmall medicine bottle: of brown glass, square-sectioned with narrow round neck with wide lip below rim, cork still in place; embossed on four sides of the bottle is "Reynolds Gout Specific Enfield". Ht. 94mm.
X.1934BottlesHuntingdonshireMOLESWORTHSmall cylindrical bottle of green glass, presumably for medicine: with kick-up under base, irregular wide rim round the mouth, cork still in position and a smear of brown liquid left along one side of the interior, as though it had been left lying on its side. Ht. (excluding cork) 78mm.
X.1935BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESGlass mineral water bottle by Wadsworth: wired stoppper type, probably dating from the 1890s; cylindrical bottle of aqua glass, now quite opaque, with recessed bottom and thick mouth, with holes on either side of neck for the stopper wire; embossed on the base with the JWSI monogram, and on the sides with "J. WADSWORTH [JWSI monogram] ST IVES HUNTS". Ht. 219mm.
X.1936BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESStoneware mineral water bottle by Wadsworth's of St. Ives: cylindrical bottle with shoulder tapering in to a globular neck; white ware glazed white up to the shoulder and brown above; stamped below the shoulder "J. Wadsworth Trade Mark St Ives Hunts". Ht. 169mm.
X.1937BottlesHuntingdonshireST NEOTSWine bottle of green glass, ?18th century: large and bulbous (not unlike a modern Cotes-du- Rhone bottle) with no mould line and slightly oblique striations up the neck, with rim added just below the mouth. A hole near the shoulder, and the mouth damaged. Ht. 253mm.
X.1938MilitaryNO PROVENANCECavalry sabre: heavy, curved, one-sided blade with faint inlaid decoration in yellow metal; leather hilt with brass guard, crosspiece and back. Length 88cms.
X.1939MilitaryNO PROVENANCEBayonet: triangular-sectioned blade fitted to a tubular assembly that presumably fits over a rifle barrel, and has a loop with a screw in it to tighten it. With a sheath of brown leather with brass fittings at top and bottom, the top fitting with a hook for attachment to a belt or some such. Bayonet has "PC" at base of blade and "2218" stamped on the neck of the tubular assembly. Blade length 350mm.
X.1940MilitaryNO PROVENANCERussian helmet, leather, with brass decoration: elaborate plate on the front includes double-headed eagle with imperial crown and a plate (slipped out of position slightly) with the number "26". Brass studs at right and left sides (right-hand one missing), and plume holder at the top rising to a point worked in imitation of flames or fur with a hole at the top for the plume itself (which is also missing). Small piece of chin strap still adherent to the left-hand stud. Ht. 315mm.
X.1941MilitaryNO PROVENANCEGerman steel helmet, World War I: similar to the "coal scuttle" type helmet of the Second War but deeper in the crown and with the front rim turned more outwards; four rivets on the side, one of which has part of a chin strap fitted on the inside; there are also two larger studs higher up the sides with holes in them going right through the helmet - purpose? Length 310mm.
X.1942MilitaryNO PROVENANCEHelmet from a Prussian Line Infantry Regiment, c1861 - 1867. The Helmet bears the standard Prussian Line Infantry eagle plate and the bandeau has the motto 'Mitt Gott Fur Koenig Und Vaterland'. There is a note stamp mark on the interior of the rear peak of the helmet: 2.B.7.0.I R Nr44 which could be 2nd battalion, 7th East Prussian Regiment number 44. (previously wrongly identified as WW1 helmet - until July 2014 when it was properly identified - see information file for notes from Steve Rossin). There is a hole which was said to be a bullet hole which may have occurred during the Austro Prussian or Franco Prussian campaigns.
X.1943MilitaryHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEOfficer's helmet of the Duke of Manchester's Light Horse, worn by C.B. Margetts: polished black leather helmet with extra flaps at front and back; chin strap of white metal chain links run from rosettes of the same material on left and right sides of the helmet; on the front, white metal openwork with the Manchester monogram and a scroll reading "1st Duke of Manchester's"; behind it a white metal crest with horsehair plumes, some of them dyed red. With an oval metal box to hold it, with brass plate cast with "Hawkes & Co. 14 Piccadilly London" and another brass plate engraved "C.B. Margetts 1st M.V." Helmet length 287mm; box ht. 255mm.
X.1993ChildhoodHuntingdonshireSTILTONSpinning top carved from bone or ivory, twelve-sided and with the outer faces numbered from 1 to 12. Ht. 70mm.
X.1993*Norman CrossThis object, a spinning top, is indexed in the CHILDHOOD collection under Stilton. It may have been made by the French prisoners.
X.1994ChildhoodNO PROVENANCEChild's wooden jigsaw puzzle showing a boy leaning against a tree and watching a sailing boat; in a wooden box with a sliding lid on which the picture is painted. 3 pieces of jigsaw missing. ?19th century. Box 110 x 95mm.
X.1995ChildhoodNO PROVENANCEChild's wooden jigsaw puzzle showing a boy dancing, with a lighthouse in the background; in a wooden box with a sliding lid on which the picture is painted. ?19th century. 2 pieces of jigsaw missing and the right corner lost. Box 110 x 95mm.
X.1996ChildhoodHuntingdonshireWOOLLEYChild's toy of Cup and Ball: of turned wood, the cup joined to the wooden ball by a piece of string. Length 160mm.
X.2030ChildhoodNO PROVENANCESpinning top of turned wood: thin spindle with a hole through it 20mm from the top, disc-shaped body with a round hole 7mm in diameter for the string to be attached and wound round. Ht. 65mm.
X.2031ChildhoodNO PROVENANCEEducational jigsaw blocks in a box with a sliding lid: the lid shows four pictures of European scenes and the words "GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY. EUROPE ON BLOCKS", printed in black and hand-coloured in watercolour. Inside are 32 wooden blocks each about 70mm x 40mm, one side of the puzzle showing 20 scenes in English history, the other a map of Europe, both printed in black and hand-coloured. Also three instruction leaflets: the history pictures on a sheet 450 x 285mm; and a leaflet "Explanation to Events of English History" which describes the scenes in the puzzle, 4 pages, 190 x 110mm. Box 265 x 150 x 50mm.
X.2032PotteryNO PROVENANCEAn ink well of glazed, off-white pottery; shaped like half a barrel with a hole in the centre for the ink and a flange at the side with three holes for the pens. Moulded in relief on the top is "Robert Whitfields Patent Indelieble & Safety Writing Ink 64 Hatfield St." Length 90mm.
X.2033ChildhoodHuntingdonshireEYNESBURYSchool slate: with wooden frame jointed and nailed at the corners, "EYNESBURY SCHOOL" written at the top of the frame in black ink; the slate is cracked. 250 x 200mm.
X.2108ChildhoodNO PROVENANCESpelling alphabet: a wooden box with sliding lid, containing 71 small blocks of ivory or bone with a letter of the alphabet engraved on each, in upper case on one side and lower case on the other; the words "SPELLING ALPHABET" appear on the lid. Box 100 x 65mm.
X.2109BottlesNO PROVENANCESmall bottle of green, slightly bubbly glass; cylindrical body with recessed base, shoulder tapers inward to a vertical neck and plain rim; mould line on body, shoulder and neck. Deposit of some sort still in the bottom. Ht. 102mm.
X.2110BottlesBuckinghamshireNEWPORT PAGNELLHamilton bottle of aqua glass, neck broken off. Embossed with "T. & F.J. TAYLOR" and "NEWPORT PAGNELL" and a monogram. Present length 160mm.
X.2111Bottles[Scotland][GLASGOW]Camp Coffee bottle of aqua glass: square-sectioned body with shoulder to round neck and vertical rim; mould line on the neck and on the diagonal of the body. Embossed "Ess Camp Coffee & Chicory", "Paterson's" and "Glasgow". Ht. 167mm.
X.2112BottlesHuntingdonshireEARITHOne-pint milk bottle by Parren's Dairy of Earith: the old wide-mouthed design, with tapered neck and everted rim, mould line; clear glass. Labelled, in blue on a transparent background: "Full cream milk from E & H. Parren's Dairy Earith". Ht. 212mm.
X.2113BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESMedicine bottle used by Barton's chemist's: brown glass, elliptical section with fluting up the back, white plastic screw top; label printed in black on thin white paper gives the name "Universal Embrocation" with directions and address of F.C. Barton Ltd., in Bridge Street, St Ives. Ht. 184mm.
X.2114BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESSmall bottle of clear green glass: cylindrical body, with some bubbles and no mould line, deep kick-up under base, narrow neck and irregular, everted rim. Ht. 120mm.
X.2115BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESSmall bottle of clear green glass: no mould line, kick-up under base with mark from removal of pontil, body tapers inwards towards the top, with narrow neck and irregular, everted lip. Ht. 136mm.
X.2116BottlesHuntingdonshireST NEOTSSmall bottle of clear green glass, with bubbles in it and no mould line, kick-up under the base with mark from pontil, the body cylindrical with round shoulder, narrow neck and irregular, everted lip. Ht. 98mm.
X.2117BottlesHuntingdonshireST NEOTSSmall bottle of clear green glass, no mould line, slight kick-up under base, roughly cylindrical body, round shoulder, narrow neck and irregular, everted lip. Ht. 74mm.
X.2118Bottles HuntingdonshireST NEOTSPart of a curiously shaped bottle: bell-shaped with mould line, vertical neck rising from the top, rim lost; of aqua glass. Present ht. 61mm.
X.2119BottlesHuntingdonshireST NEOTSGlass cup or beaker: of clear green glass, with kick-up and pontil mark below the base, cylindrical body with slightly out-turned bead rim; a piece broken from near the bottom. Ht. 60mm.
X.2120BottlesHuntingdonshireST NEOTSSmall jar of green glass: kick-up and pontil mark under the base, cylindrical body with fluting, wide mouth with irregular turned-out rim. Broken and partly restored. Ht. 96mm.
X.2121a-kChildhoodHuntingdonshireST IVES17 pieces of doll's house furniture: a) five upright chairs, of tin with the seats pressed with a design to simulate cane, and a design of rosettes etc. across the top of the chair backs; four are identical and painted yellow, the fifth has a slightly different back and is painted brown and yellow. Hts. 80mm. b) Two upholstered upright chairs, with frames of balsa wood painted red and gold, and padded seats covered in tapestry with a ribbon round the edges; presumably home-made rather than shop-bought; one has a leg missing. Hts. 90mm. c) Kitchen range made of tin, pressed to show two hobs on the top and three doors on the front, with a tap protuding at the top left and space in the middle for a fire. 135 x 85mm. d) Fireplace made of tin, with grate, embossed surround with leaf decoration and columns, mantlepiece above, the bottom of the grate plated with brass. 85 x 85mm.
X.2121a-k (contd.)ChildhoodST IVESe) Coal scuttle of copper: scoop-shaped on a round base with handles at top and one end. Length 60mm. f) Copper kettle, straight-sided oval body, no lid, elegant spout and handle. Length 70 mm. g) Small saucepan made of lead, bulbous body with long, straight handle. Length 42mm. h) Bath tub of brass, curved and lobed shape standing on three legs with a round handle (?for emptying) and two upright handles with knob terminals above the rim. Length 90mm. i) Book with cover of pink card with gold edging and flower design on the front. 30 x 35mm. j) Two miniature platters of turned wood with flower design painted by hand in green, yellow and red; one platter chipped at the edge. Diam. 35mm. k) Oval table of wood with four square-sectioned legs. Length 45mm. ITEMS b) , c) and e) ON DISPLAY
X.2122ChildhoodNO PROVENANCESet of 46 flower cards: oval, pale green on the reverse, the fronts white with printed black lettering, e.g. "Modesty. VIOLET. Viola Odorata". Each card 50 x 35mm.
X.2123ChildhoodHuntingdonshireST IVES3 toy plates with food on, of painted pottery or plaster, oval and with a hand-painted red, green, white and dotted flower design: one has a chicken/turkey glued on, one has a pair of chickens, one has two green and white vegetables, possibly cauliflowers. Each plate 82 x 60mm.
X.2124Childhood?HuntingdonshireST IVESTea set pieces: 2 china cups and saucers and a bowl, with a purple design of flowers and a picture of a cherub swimming beside two swans. The cups and saucers have a wavy edge, the bowl has a handle on either side, decorated with a shell and flower design, and an overhanging lip - it probably had a lid at one time. Cups diam. 75mm, saucers diam. 110mm, bowl diam. (inc. handles) 105mm.
X.2126UnclassifiedNO PROVENANCEFramed metal picture, gold-coloured, showing three women with three cherubs. At the bottom is "A MARCHAND I ARMOURS". Frame of green paper glued to the edge. 85 x 60mm.
X.2127ChildhoodHuntingdonshireST IVESNursery rhyme book showing the tale of Humpty Dumpty: the front cover showing two jesters weeping at a memorial stone to Humpty Dumpty, dated 1843, with "Tilt & Boque, Fleet Street, London" at the bottom. The rhyme written in English and in French on the cover and inside in Greek, Arabic, Latin and German, starting on the back page and reading to the front. Illustrations in black ink, hand-coloured. The pages are loose. 240 x 87mm.
X.2128ChildhoodNO PROVENANCESpinning top of bone or ivory: hexagonal body with spindle through it, the outer faces of the hexagon painted alternately with red "F"s and black "B"s - perhaps for "forward" and "backward" for use in a board game or similar; two of the letters have been erased and redrawn by hand. Ht. 65mm, diam. 35mm.
X.2129ChildhoodNO PROVENANCEFramed picture: gilt frame attached to a wooden frame at the back with an oval of glass, showing two boys with blue jackets and yellow trousers playing with a sailing boat, a young lady in a red dress stands nearby; the drawing in black ink and hand-coloured with title at the bottom "Young Sailors". 75mm x 90mm.
X.2130ChildhoodNO PROVENANCESmall picture frame, to the same design as X.2129 although the gold finish is more damaged and faded, with oval cartouche containing a print of a portrait of a lady (head and shoulders) in costume of the late 18th century, including a wide-brimmed hat. 90 x 75 mm.
X.2131ChildhoodNO PROVENANCEDoll's mirror: wooden frame with a shaped top; a rusty nail sticks out from each side, so perhaps it was part of a dressing table. 60mm x 57mm.
X.2132Childhood?HuntingdonshireST NEOTSBone object, possibly part of a spinning top: a short spindle set in a cup-shaped body, with rim partly damaged. Present ht. 55mm
X.2133a-kChildhoodHuntingdonshireST IVESMiniature dinner sevice, 40 pieces in glazed white ware with a pattern of dotted blue tendrils with buds or flowers: a) 9 plates, diam. 100mm. b) 2 plates, diam. 80mm. c) 4 plates, diam. 70mm, d) 6 bowls for soup or dessert, diam. 90mm. e) 2 jugs for gravy or sauce, handles missing and one jug has spout broken; length 65mm. f) 5 straight-sided dishes, lengths 145mm, 135mm, 125mm and two 115mm. g) 2 deeper straight-sided dishes, length 110mm. h) 2 circular dishes with raised decoration at each end of the rims, and each with a domed lid with ring handle on top, length 120mm. i) A lid with no dish to fit it , with a rim below to fit into a circular dish and a gap for a ladle, ring top broken off, diam. 80mm. j) 3 oval plates with raised decoration at each end of the rims, lengths 140mm and two 110mm. k) The bowls of 2 ladles, handles lost, diam. 30mm. All the pieces have numbers below the base, pressed into the clay before firing.
X.2134AircraftHuntingdonshireST IVESA long splinter of wood, probably from the propeller of the DH6 aircraft which struck All Saints' Parish Church on 23rd March 1918: broken but still with a high polish on part of the original surface and with numerous fine scratches along what remains of the leading edge. Present length 78cm.
X.2135AircraftHuntingdonshireCONINGTONTwo pieces of metal, perhaps from bombs or damaged aircraft: a fragment of thick ferrous metal with fine milling lines on the convex face, length 80mm; and a bent and twisted piece of sheet metal.
X.2136AircraftHuntingdonshireCOPPINGFORDA thick, heavy and irregular piece of metal, perhaps from a bomb or an engine block: some yellow in the metal, which is broken so irregularly for such thick metal that it must have been subjected to great force, perhaps an explosion. Length 119mm.
X.2137AircraftHuntingdonshireGLATTONPart of a flying-helmet from a German bomber that crashed at Glatton on 31st July 1942: a leather dome that presumably covered one ear, with fur lining and fragments of cloth attached, with a leather strap and part of a buckle; attached with string (not original) is part of a metal plate with two holes and the stencilled letters "Hei".
X.2138CostumeHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONCap and breeches, c.1860, from the uniform of the "Green Coat" School at Huntingdon: the cap is knitted, of green wool in a tam-o-shanter shape with a bobble of red wool on the top and a ribbon of scarlet cloth tied round the rim with a bow; the breeches are of green cloth with three plain buttons at each knee, a button flap at the fly, and four buttons at the waistband cast with "C.J.S. Calvertt Huntingdon" (2), "C. Smith Huntingdon" and "Ne Plus Ultra". Length of breeches about 65cms.
X.2138 (contd.)CostumeHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDON
X.2139Home FrontNO PROVENANCECivil Defence Corps armband: of mustard yellow cotton cloth, tapering at one end and secured with a white-metal two-pronged buckle, marked "British". Embroidered on the band is a crown and the words "Civil Defence Corps" and "Welfare". Stamped inside in purple ink is "Lewis Pack Ltd". Length 46cm, width 9cm.
X.2140Home FrontNO PROVENANCEARP armband: coarse, dark green cloth with one end sewn down into a triangular point, the other with a brass buckle (no pin); embroidered in red "B.R.C.S." (presumably British Red Cross Society) and "A.R.P. Reserve (i.e. Air Raid Precautions). An oval of navy blue cloth is attached inside the armband, behind the letters. Length 40cm, with 75mm.
X.2141Home FrontNO PROVENANCECivil Defence armband: navy blue cotton cloth with the ends sewn together to form a circle; printed on the outside in yellow is a crown above a four-band bow shape with the words "Civil Defence". Width 85mm.
X.2142Home FrontNO PROVENANCEARP cloth badge: navy blue, oval, with embroidered oval frame and the letters "ARP" in red. 77mm x 63mm.
X.2143Home FrontNO PROVENANCETwo first aid manuals: "British Red Cross Society First-Aid Manual, No. 1" by St.J.D. Buxton, published by Cassell and Company Ltd., London, 1942; 342pp, 105 x 135mm. And "First Aid in War-Time. An Appendix to the British Red Cross Society's First-Aid Manual, No. 1", published by Cassell & Company, London, 1943; 58pp, 105 x 135mm.
X.2144a-cHome FrontNO PROVENANCETwo bandages and a wound dressing in their original packages: a) "H.M. Govt. B.P.C. Grey Triangular Bandage size 54 in. x 38 in. supplied by: H.O. Brandt & Hampson, Manchester, British Manufacture"; in waxed paper envelope 160 x 120mm. b) Similar, "B.P.C. N.H.I. Grey Triangular Bandage Size 51 in x 36 in. Conforming to B.P.C.-N.H.I. Specification British Manufacture"; in package 155 x 110mm. c) Wound dressing in blue paper label printed "'St John's Gate' Trade Mark Standard Dressing -BPC - No. 15 (Sterilized) Large Plain Wound Dressing (Authorised by the Mines Department) Fasset & Johnson Ltd., London"; packaged 90 x 70mm.
X.2145Home FrontNO PROVENANCETin of polish, apparently for gasmask eyepieces: cylindrical tin, green with screw top at both ends. Labelled "Outfit Anti-Dimming Mk. V" with instructions: "Clean eyepiece with cloth provided, breathe on eyepiece and apply a little compound evenly with the finger, etc." 65 x 30mm.
X.2146DomesticNO PROVENANCEWooden yeast measure: a bowl with a handle attached. Bowl diam. 95mm, handle length 95mm.
X.2147DomesticNO PROVENANCEButter marker: a wooden cylinder with a plunger which bears a carved design of three leaves surrounded by a patterned circle. Length 95mm, marker diam. 55mm.
X.2148DomesticNO PROVENANCEButter marker: a wooden stamp, circular and with a turned handle, carved to press a flower and thistle design onto the butter. Length 70mm, diam. 45mm.
X.2149DomesticHuntingdonshireYELLINGButter marker: wooden roller type, with pattern of leaves and thistles round the roller, attached by a peg to a horseshoe-shaped handle with a bulbous end. 130mm x 50mm.
X.2150DomesticNO PROVENANCEButter marker: a wooden stamp, circular and with a turned handle, carved to press a design of a thistle and leaves onto the butter. 70 x 75mm.
X.2151DomesticHuntingdonshireALCONBURY WESTONButter marker: a wooden stamp, circular and with a turned handle, carved to press a design of a bird on a leafy branch; varnished, apart from the stamping surface. Ht. 80mm, diam. 62mm.
X.2152DomesticHuntingdonshireHAMERTONSalt cellar: a turned wooden container in the shape of an egg cup. Ht. 60mm, diam. 60mm.
X.2153DomesticNO PROVENANCEWooden nut cracker of thumb-screw type: a circular, hollowed out piece of wood to hold the nut, into which a screw of a different wood, with an oval handle, fits. 95 x 55mm.
X.2154DomesticHuntingdonshireALCONBURYRectangular oak platter, with circular depression in the middle and a smaller circular depression in one corner ?for salt. 155mm x 170mm, 10mm thick.
X.2155DomesticNO PROVENANCEWooden darning mushroom: the top is rounded like a mushroom cap, in order to stretch the material; attached is a handle, at some time secured in by paper. Length 105mm, diam. 55mm.
X.2156DomesticNO PROVENANCEShaving razor: steel blade on a pivot to fold it away with the edge of the blade tucked into the turned wooden handle, which is decorated with ridges; the top of the handle has a metal ferrule and pin to hold the blade. Length when open 170mm.
X.2157DomesticNO PROVENANCEShaving razor: steel blade (the end missing) folds into the slotted bone or horn handle, pivoting on a metal pin and with a metal loop to hold the blade shut; the blade is stamped with markings, perhaps in an oriental script. Length when open 180mm.
X.2158AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEStandard bushel measure: cylindrical container of solid brass with expanded rim and base and cast brass handles; engraved on one side is "IMPERIAL BUSHEL" and on the other "Hundred of Hurstingstone, COUNTY OF HUNTINGDON. 1826 DE GRAVE, LONDON" with "126" on the expansion above the base. Stamps on the rim presumably indicate when the measure was checked - there are at least two VR ciphers with crown and one GR, also portcullis stamps dated 1879, 1890, 1914 and 1924. Ht. 300mm, rim diam. 503mm.
X.2159AdministrationHuntingdonshnireNO PROVENANCEStandard half-bushel measure: cylindrical container of solid brass with expanded rim and base and cast brass handles; engraved on one side is "IMPERIAL HALF BUSHEL" and on the other "Hundred of Hurstingstone, COUNTY OF HUNTINGDON. 1826" with "126" on the expansion above the base. Stamps on the rim include VR and GR royal ciphers and a partial cipher stamp ending in "IV" - William IV presumably; also portcullis stamps dated 1876, 1890, 1914 and 1924. Ht. 200mm, rim diam. 375mm.
X.2160AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEStandard peck measure: cylindrical container of solid brass with expanded rim and base and cast brass handles; engraved on one side is "IMPERIAL PECK" and on the other "Hundred of Hurstingstone, COUNTY OF HUNTINGDON. 1826" with "126" on the expansion above the base. Stamps on the rim include VR royal ciphers and portcullis stamps dated 1890 and 1920. Ht. 185mm, rim diam. 278mm.
X.2161DomesticNO PROVENANCEButter marker: of wood, a roller carved with a pattern of leaves and a tulip, attached by a wooden pivot into a fork with a bulbous handle. 130 x 50mm.
X.2162DomesticHuntingdonshireWYTONWooden nut crackers: a hollow circle to hold the nut, decorated with turned lines, and with a thumbscrew of another wood to crack the nut. Length 85mm when screwed down, diam. 60mm.
X.2163DomesticHuntingdonshireBRAMPTONApple scoop: a bone, the knuckle end carved with three overlapping petals on each side, and "J W" on the front; the other end of the bone hollowed out into a gouge, the end slightly chipped and rough. Length 150mm.
X.2164DomesticHuntingdonshireBRAMPTONApple scoop: a bone, carved "L.K." near the knuckle end, the other end of the bone hollowed out into a gouge. Length 145mm.
X.2165DomesticHuntingdonshireGT RAVELEYApple scoop: a bone, carved "M.K." near the knuckle end, the other end of the bone hollowed out into a gouge. Length 110mm.
X.2166a-iDomesticHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERNine toddy sticks made from glass rods worked into varying shapes; most have roughly circular knobs as handles, with the other end expanded into a leaf shape with raised veins; a) has the whole shaft twisted; c) has an expanded and flattened knob at the bottom, like a pestle; d) has an end of glass rod protuding beyond the bottom; g) has a cross-hatched design on the end instead of veins; several have the bottom end broken. Lengths range from 100mm to 135mm.
X.2167DomesticNO PROVENANCETable fork: with tapering wooden handle and steel fork with three prongs, the middle one slightly longer, with tang into the handle. Length 170mm.
X.2168DomesticHuntingdonshireST NEOTSEating fork, with handle of turned wood tapering inwards towards the fork end; the butt end has a hollow from which the tang of the fork just protudes; with three prongs, the middle one slightly thinner than the outer ones. The whole implement is small and delicate and very similar to X.2167 (No Provenance). Length 145mm.
X.2169DomesticHuntingdonshireMOLESWORTHA carving knife, with the broken-off handle made of two cross-hatched bone plates fastened by metal pins on either side of the flat tang; the blade is rounded and turned up at the end, engraved on one side with four small letters or symbols. Length 240mm.
X.2170DomesticHuntingdonshireLT GIDDINGTable knife: oval-sectioned wooden handle with hole in the butt revealing the end of the tang; the blade curves upwards to a rounded end. Length 265mm.
X.2171DomesticNO PROVENANCEBrass spoon: thin handle with a flattened disc on the end, oval bowl stamped with a small rose in a circle. Length 175mm.
X.2172DomesticHuntingdonshireST NEOTSPewter spoon with elongated oval bowl and expanded terminal on end of handle; rather corroded. Length 190mm.
X.2173AircraftHuntingdonshireHAIL WESTONA cartridge case from a cannon shell fired by a German fighter at Great Staughton airfield in 1944: a brass case with rim at bottom, hollow on base for firing pin, the top tapered inward to 20mm diameter and slightly dented; held in a metal clip with links to either side, presumably as part of the mechanism that fed the gun. Length 81mm.
X.2174BottlesHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAMA hot-water bottle for boots: a boot-shaped bottle of white-glazed pottery with moulding lines from a three-piece mould, and flared rim for cork; broken and repaired. Ht. 190mm.
X.2175DomesticHuntingdonshireST NEOTSSpoon made of horn, probably cattle: oval bowl with a lop-sided turn upwards, chipped on the front edge; the handle is short with a round hole in it. Length 130mm.
X.2176DomesticHuntingdonshireBURYGlass rolling pin: made of opaque, white glass with rounded, bulbous ends, one of them open; decorated with a hand-painted design, including an anchor and a sailing ship, and between them "A Friendly Gift". Length 350mm, diam. 55mm.
X.2177DomesticNO PROVENANCECoffee grinder: a metal body, cube shaped, with a round brass dish at the top, decorated with a leaf pattern, for the beans; in the middle of the dish is a metal and wood handle that turns the grinder, at the base is a metal drawer with a round brass knob to pull it out; on the front is an oval brass plaque with the royal Coat of Arms with lion and unicorn, also "A KENRICK & SONS PATENT COFFEE MILL DIEU ET MON DR"; on the base is engraved "KENRICK No O". Ht. 135mm x 130mm across the base.
X.2178DomesticNO PROVENANCECoffee grinder of turned mahogany: a hopper on top for the beans, mounted on a larger chamber with the metal grinding mechanism inside it, turned by a shaft rising up the middle; the lid of the bottom chamber, to which the hopper is fastened, unscrews for the ground coffee to be taken out; there are two different tops for the hopper, one fitting over the shaft of the grinding mechanism and allowing the handle to be fitted to the top of the shaft, the other has a turned hollow finial to conceal the top of the shaft; the handle, of metal with a wooden grip, folds in two so that it (and the top used with it) can be stored inside the bottom chamber when the more elegant alternative top is in use. Ht. 250mm with the finial in position.
X.2179SkatingBandy stick: curved stick circular in section at the top and flattening out for the striking head at the bottom; with 19 notches cut in the upper part of the handle and "H. WADSWORTH" carved half-way up the side. Length 99cms.
X.2180SkatingBandy stick: made from a naturally curved piece of ash hardly shaped at all except that a flat face has been cut on the striking surface of the head. Length 100cms.
X.2181SkatingBandy stick: made from a naturally curved piece of ash hardly shaped at all except that a flat face has been cut on the striking surface of the head. Length 102cms.
X.2182ChildhoodNO PROVENANCEA Zoëtrope: a mechanical device for showing animated cartoons, comprising a tin cylinder (some maroon paint left on the sides, black under the base, light grey inside) with slits in the sides, and a central socket to rotate on the spindle of a stand of black cast iron (elaborately decorated in relief, with three legs and round wooden feet). Also with a number of strip cartoons, which are placed round the inside of the cylinder: viewing them through the slits while the cylinder is spun makes the cartoons appear animated. The cartoons are in two brown paper envelopes printed: "Designs for the Wheel of Life, or Zoëtrope. (Under Royal Letters Patent.) First Series [the other envelope is "Fifth Series"]. London: Published by the Stereoscopic and Photographic Company, 54, Cheapside, and 108 and 100, Regent Street. Entered at Stationers' Hall". Cylinder diam. 300mm, total ht. 370mm.
X.2182 (contd.)ChildhoodNO PROVENANCE
X.2183MilitaryNO PROVENANCEA Turkish sword-bayonet with scabbard: a straight, one-edged steel blade with a channel on each side for most of its length, and with Arabic script engraved at the top; the hilt is of steel with wooden pieces riveted on each side of the grip, one side of the crosspiece forming a ring to fit over the rifle barrel, the other side curved and with a knob terminal; there is also a T-sectioned slot in the top of the hilt for another attachment to the rifle; the scabbard is of black leather sewn up the middle of one side and with a metal ferrule and top, the top with a knob on one side for attachment to a belt. Bayonet length 589mm, scabbard 476mm.
X.2184MilitaryNO PROVENANCEA Russian sword-bayonet: one-edged steel blade with a slight S-curve and wide channels on each side along most of its length; steel hilt with rubber pieces, cross-hatched, riveted on each side of the grip, the crosspieces with disc terminals and one of them including a ring for fitting over the rifle barrel, also with a T-sectioned slot in the top of the hilt to slide onto another attachment. Length 713mm.
X.2185MilitaryNO PROVENANCEA Russian sword-bayonet, identical in design to X.2184 (though in worse condition), with steel blade, rubber grips to the hilt and the same attachments for fitting to the rifle; pitted with rust and the blade apparently varnished, giving it a yellow sheen, and the rubber grips peeling away from the hilt. Length 713mm.
X.2186MilitaryNO PROVENANCEA sword-bayonet: a one-edged steel blade with a slight S-curve and wide channels on both sides for most of its length; with crosspiece of steel, forming a ring to fit over the rifle barrel on one side, curved and with a knob terminal on the other; the hilt of brass, grooved on the grip and with rivets, and a T-sectioned slot in the top for fitting to the rifle. Stamped on the crosspiece "P 52800" and with hallmark-like stamps on the end of the crosspiece and the top of the blade, including a B and a D with a crown above it. Length 695mm.
X.2187MilitaryNO PROVENANCEThe scabbard for a sword-bayonet: with a slight S-curve, of black leather sewed with a double row of stitching up the middle of one side and with metal ferrule and top, the top fitted with an oval knob with an attachment to a belt. Length 561mm.
X.2188MilitaryNO PROVENANCEBayonet: a thick, short, triangular-sectioned blade fitted by a curving shank to a cylindrical socket to fit over the rifle barrel, with a dog-leg slot cut in it to fit over a protruding knob or whatever. Length 250mm.
X.2263DomesticHuntingdonshireALCONBURYSalt horn: made out of cattle horn, hollowed out and a cork bung inserted. Length 105mm, base diam. 45mm.
X.2264DomesticNO PROVENANCECarpet beater of cane or willow: four strands of cane twisted together around a metal rod to form the handle, opening out into an interlocking pattern to form the beater; the rod protudes from the end of the handle to form a loop for hanging and another piece of wire secures the four strands at the end of the handle. Length 80cms x 30cms across widest part of beater.
X.2265DomesticHuntingdonshireSAWTRYThe sheath of a finishing iron: cigar-shaped sheath with expanded rim, on an S-curved rod attached to a circular base hollow underneath. Makers name "Kenrick" is cast under the base. Of cast iron mostly covered with lacquer or dark paint. Ht.160mm., sheath 110mm long.
X.2266DomesticNO PROVENANCEThe sheath of a finishing iron: cigar-shaped sheath with expanded rim on an S-curved rod, attached to a circular base hollow underneath; cast under the base "W. BULLOCK & CO.", also "10" under the base and on the bottom of the sheath; of cast iron, mostly covered with lacquer or dark paint. Ht. 155mm, sheath 120mm long.
X.2267DomesticNO PROVENANCEThe broken-off sheath of a finishing iron, cigar-shaped with expanded rim, cast iron with traces of lacquer. Length 105mm.
X.2268DomesticNO PROVENANCEThe iron from a finishing iron, without its sheath: iron rod with expanded end and ring handle, the rod between the handle and expanded end kinked. Length 375mm.
X.2269DomesticNO PROVENANCEThe iron from a finishing iron without its sheath: iron rod with expanded end and turned wooden handle (damaged). Length 405mm.
X.2270DomesticNO PROVENANCEA finishing iron with sheath: the iron a thick iron rod with expanded end and with a well-made turned wooden handle with a brass ferrule; length 375mm. The sheath cigar-shaped on S-shaped rod on circular stand, with "Kenrick" cast underneath; ht. 185mm.
X.2271DomesticNO PROVENANCEThe core from a box iron: a wedge-shaped lump of iron, reddened from heating; length 90mm.
X.2272DomesticNO PROVENANCEPot-stand or trivet: a fairly crude example of wrought iron, on three legs, with a circular top with a straight bar running across it, and a handle. Length 340mm.
X.2273DomesticNO PROVENANCEPair of sugar nippers: the small domestic kind without a wooden base, just two pivoted arms with semi-circular blades on the end, a spring on one handle and a clip to hold the nippers shut on the other; rusty and seized up. Length 240mm.
X.2274DomesticNO PROVENANCEPair of sugar nippers, the small domestic sort without a wooden base: a pair of jaws and handles with semi-circular blades for cutting, a spring on one handle and a small rod protuding from the other (to rest on the table for more leverage?); pattern of circles cast in the sides of the pivot. Length 235mm.
X.2275SportsHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEA bullet crossbow, early 19th century: a wooden stock with steel bow and fittings, including a butt plate, plates on each side of the stock near the trigger, and thick and heavy plates enclosing the front of the stock and ending in a shaped knob; back and fore sights pivot upwards when in use; a spring catch at the top of the butt plate releases a lever along the top of the bow, which pivots forward to catch and draw the bow string - the lock and the back sight are pivoted onto this lever and slide forward with it; conventional trigger and trigger guard below the stock. The stock has been broken across the middle and repaired. Restoration of the bow (see under Conservation) included making for it the double bowstring with bullet pouch and ivory standards, also the wire and bead and piece of wool added to the foresight. Length 710mm, the bow 675mm from tip to tip
X.2275 (contd. 1)SportsHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCE
X.2275 (contd. 2)SportsHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCE
X.2276MilitaryNO PROVENANCEWorld War I anti-tank rifle, German, by Mauser: a single-shot bolt-action rifle constructed on a massive scale with a calibre of about 13mm; the barrel tapers outwards from the muzzle to a fat breech with huge bolt about 300mm long and opening a breech chamber about 180mm long; set in a heavy wooden stock (perhaps not original - a battlefield modification?) with wooden handgrip behind the trigger, the butt made from two pieces of wood scarfed together; there is a metal socket for a tripod at the front of the stock, a back sight folding up from the top of the barrel and a fixed foresight on top of the muzzle. "Mauser" is engraved on top of the barrel in front of the breech; various parts are stamped "3509" or "509"; along the right side of the barrel is a series of stamps each consisting of a "K" with a crown above it; an "R" is carved on the right side of the butt; on the left side of the stock is written in large letters in faded white paint "UNKNOWN" and a number, possibly "S.9343". Length 1692mm.
X.2276 (contd.)MilitaryNO PROVENANCE
X.2277MilitaryNO PROVENANCEWorld War I machine gun, the Maxim gun of 1908 (MG08): a steel box which would have contained the firing mechanism, with the water jacket around the barrel in front of it and the barrel protruding from the the bottom front of the jacket; a wooden butt is fastened to the back of the firing mechanism box and a wooden hand grip behind the trigger below it; the top of the box pivots upwards for access to the interior and has the backsight mounted on it; the breech and the socket for the tripod are in front of the box; the water jacket has a cap, presumably for putting the water in, and another fitting, perhaps a safety valve for the steam to escape. A three-digit number, not clear, is stamped on the left side of the butt; on the right side of the jacket is painted "UNKNOWN" in the same style as X.2276, and the number "C.8934" (now almost illegible, but recorded in the HLSI catalogue). Length about 1330mm.
X.2277 (contd.)MilitaryNO PROVENANCE
X.2278DomesticNO PROVENANCEPair of sugar nippers: one handle has a spring, the other has a resting rod attached; one handle has a small ring on the end to hold the nippers closed; on the pivot is a pattern of two circles; semi-circular blades. Painted black. Length 230mm.
X.2279DomesticNO PROVENANCEPair of sugar nippers, rusty and seized, painted black, one handle has part of a broken metal hook on the end. Length 230mm.
X.2280DomesticNO PROVENANCEPair of sugar nippers, with spring on one handle and supporting rod protruding from the other; a catch holds the nippers closed by gripping across the ends of the handles - paint applied to the nippers means that this now freezes them shut; design of concentric circles and sunrays on the pivot. Length 260mm.
X.2281DomesticNO PROVENANCEPair of sugar nippers: one handle has a spring, the supporting rod is missing from the other handle leaving just a circular indent where it would have been attached; the handle ends have part of a hinged hook to hold them together when not in use; blade ends are semi-circular. Painted black and seized shut. Length 230mm.
X.2282DomesticNO PROVENANCEPair of sugar nippers: one handle has a supporting rod, the other is missing the spring, on the end of the handles part of the jointed hook remains that held them closed; design on the pivot; blades are arrow-shaped. Varnished. Length 235mm.
X.2283DomesticHuntingdonshireSAWTRY?Sugar nippers: with part of the spring on one handle and a protruding rod on the other; on the end of the handles is the hinge of the catch that would have originally held them closed; design of concentric circles on either side of the pivot. A coat of black paint applied crudely to the object - carefully avoiding the Norris index number and so applied here, probably by Jack Davies. Length 246mm.
X.2284DomesticNO PROVENANCESugar loaf cutter, mounted on a base and therefore presumably for shop use: a rectangular block of wood with moulding round the top edges; with a vertical brass post and cradle supporting one side of the jaws, the other end screwed to the top of the base; pivoting on it is the other side of the jaws with a long straight handle, with turned wood grip on the end. Cutters 365mm long, block 300mm.
X.2285DomesticNO PROVENANCEVery small finishing iron sheath: the sheath apparently of brass or copper, connected by an S-bend rod to a cast iron base with raised decoration; base diam. 55mm, sheath length 55mm.
X.2286DomesticNO PROVENANCEBox iron: metal body with handle on top, including a turned wooden hand grip; the trap door at the back has a rod to raise it, with a knob at the top - the trap door is seized shut. Base 100 x 73mm.
X.2287DomesticNO PROVENANCEBox iron, complete with core: heavy iron body with a door at the back to insert the iron core; the door slides upwards, by means of a rod with a rounded knob at the end; the handle of the iron is of turned wood with lines round it, held in place by two flat metal rods; inside the iron the walls and floor are ridged and furrowed. Ht. 160mm, width 92mm.
X.2288DomesticNO PROVENANCESmall box iron: door seized shut, with rod with a knob on the end; the handle of turned wood, attached to the base by two flat rods; marked on the door is "BRATER[?]". Ht. 90mm, width 50mm.
X.2289DomesticHuntingdonshireHAMERTONMeat fork: a long two-pronged steel fork with flat handle, with hole for hanging at the butt end. Length 590mm.
X.2290DomesticNO PROVENANCEFluting iron: a mangle-like device with ribbed rollers to crimp or corrugate cloth; cast iron legs rising from flat bases, each with a screw hole at the end; the legs hold two brass rollers, cylindrical between the legs but ribbed where they protude beyond it - at the opposite end to the ribbed sections the rollers are hollow, for inserting heated iron cores, and the upper roller has a brass handle with a turned wooden grip, of ebony or an imitation of it; at the top is a screw device to tighten the upper roller firmly down onto the lower one. Two iron cores are with the iron. Ht. 360mm, length of iron cores 215mm..
X.2291DomesticNO PROVENANCEStand for an iron: a roughly triangular frame of strips of iron, the central ones crimped; on three feet, though the one at the pointed end is now missing; with a turned wooden handle, damaged by woodworm. Length 230mm.
X.2292DomesticNO PROVENANCEIron toasting fork: the handle bent into a V shape, the end of it circular with a hole for hanging it up; the fork end is E-shaped with a thin hook attached to each prong, to hold the bread while attaching the fork to the hearth. Length 300mm, width 140mm.
X.2293DomesticNO PROVENANCEBox iron, large and well made: cast iron body with brass base, turned wooden handle on two metal uprights; the trap door in the back also of brass and with brass knobs at the top of the lifting rod; tendril patterns cast inside the iron; a plain block of cast iron as the core. The trap door is stamped "T.& C. Clark & Co"., the core has a "5" cast on the back. Length 138mm, length of core 92mm.
X.2294LightingHuntingdonshireBURYA combined rushlight holder and candlestick: the base is circular, of brass, concave above and below; from the centre of it rises a rod that forms one side of the jaws for the rushlight; the other side of the jaws is connected by a curved rod to a bell-shaped brass bowl for a candle; the rushlight holder part is painted orange. Ht. 128mm.
X.2295LightingNO PROVENANCEA pair of candle snuffers: a light and elegant pair of scissors standing on three legs and with a box on the blades to hold the cut-off wicks; steel with a dark finish, perhaps japanning or an imitation; raised decoration on the pivot, the top of the box and on the end of the snuffers beyond the box. Length 168mm.
X.2296Crafts ClothHuntingdonshireSAWTRYA spindle, probably from a spinning machine: a steel rod tapering to a point, painted black and with a turned wooden block near the blunt end with three channels round it. Length 347mm.
X.2297Domestic?NO PROVENANCEIron cauldron: a small pot for hanging over a fire by its semi-circular handle, or for standing on its three feet; Ht. 14cms, diam. 14cms.
X.2298DomesticNO PROVENANCEAdjustable hook for holding a joint of meat: made of steel and brass, with a brass hook to hang it above the fire, possibly for attaching to a turning jack; the hook joined to a flat bar above which slides an adjustable plate with four holes, which lock into place by means of a bolt at the back; the plate decorated with flowers and curved lines; a pair of pincers hold the meat, opened by a brass double lever with washers and bolts. "PATENTEE" is stamped on in seven places. Length 58cms on its lowest adjustable fitting. Date c.1780
X.2299Crafts TailorNO PROVENANCETailor's charcoal-burning smoothing iron: a hollow triangular body with detachable top, held on with a ring-headed pin through the back; the top has a turned wooden handle with a piece of curved metal below it to screen it from the heat, and a funnel rising to the front and curving forwards; inside the body of the iron, ventilation is provided by an air passage, fed through a hole in the back of the iron with a flap over it, which can be pivoted out of the way; the flap is cast with a head, apparently wearing medieval costume; metal parts painted matt black, probably in the Museum. Length 220mm.
X.2300DomesticHuntingdonshireABBOTS RIPTONKettle tilter: made of iron, a rectangular frame with a hook either end to hold the kettle handle, also an extra hook on one side to secure the handle in place; joined to the frame is another iron bar, with an L-shaped hook on the end to hang the the kettle above the fire; also attached to the frame is a projecting handle with a wooden end. Length of frame 135mm, length of hanger 220mm.
X.2301SmokingHuntingdonshireBUCKWORTHMetal snuff box, possibly pewter: the bottom is oblong with rounded corners, concave, and hinged to the top, which is domed over an oblong framework and decorated with 12 lobes. 75 x 45 x 30mm.
X.2302DomesticHuntingdonshireSOUTHOEDrinking cup made of horn: a cylinder shape, tapering outwards towards the top with hollow under the base; translucent, golden brown. Ht. 95mm.
X.2303DomesticHuntingdonshireST NEOTSSpoon made of horn, probably cattle: oval bowl with an arrow-shaped handle, all of slightly striped golden brown horn. Length 151mm.
X.2304DomesticNO PROVENANCEHand sewing machine of cast iron: wheel with protruding handle turns a central cogwheel which meshes with two others, connected by axles to the sewing action at the other end; there is a cotton reel holder at the top and a lever next to it to raise the footplate; adjustable material guard on the base; the frame is cast with scroll work and there is some painted decoration in green, gold and red; "1582" stamped under the base. Length 250mm, ht. 210mm.
X.2304 (contd.)Domestic
X.2305DomesticNO PROVENANCEHand sewing machine, metal on a wooden base: the wheel with protruding handle is connected by a drive belt to a smaller wheel below, from which an axle runs to the needle mechanism; a flat metal table supports the cloth and a complicated mechanism of bowed supports runs from the wheel to the needle; cotton reel on a tilted holder near the wheel; a winged bolt under the wooden base holds the machine in place. The metal table is engraved "Willcocks & Gibbs" with their address and some instructions about thread; a medallion on the base is embossed "Willcocks & Gibbs Sewing Machine Co. New York". Length 33cms, ht. 30cms.
X.2306a-cSmokingShropshireBROSELEYThree clay tobacco pipes: very long "churchwardens", plain except for a band of spiral decoration round the stem; each stem is also stamped "MADE IN ENGLAND" and ". . . SOUTH. . . BROSELEY"; clean and unused. Lengths 645mm, 632mm, 646mm.
X.2307SmokingHuntingdonshireRAMSEYWooden case for a clay tobacco pipe: a wooden tube with one end expanded and curved, carved inside to cradle one half of the pipe bowl, with a piece carved to hold the other half of the bowl hinged at the top and held shut with a small eyelet; the other end of the tube is split and broken, repaired with a cloth binding. Present length 260mm.
X.2308SmokingHuntingdonshireST IVESClay tobacco pipe: short and plain with the stem broken off and a spur below the bowl; the spur has "J" and "M" in relief on either side; stamped on the bowl is "S. MUMBY ST IVES". Present length 150mm.
X.2309SmokingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSClay tobacco pipe with the bowl moulded in the shape of a lady's head, with spectacles and an elaborate hair-style. Length 102mm.
X.2310SmokingNO PROVENANCEWooden tobacco pipe: thick wooden bowl carved from yellow wood, now cracked; with long stem ending in curved mouthpiece of bone or horn. Length 55cms.
X.2311a-bSmokingNO PROVENANCETwo clay tobacco pipes, moulded in relief with decoration of leaves and ?round fruit - perhaps meant to be grape vines; the decoration covering the bowls and extending along a third of the stems; quite long pipes with both the stems broken at the end, a matching pair, clean and unused. Present lengths 250mm and 232mm.
X.2312SmokingNO PROVENANCEClay tobacco pipe: a short, spurless pipe, presumably 19th century, with basketwork decoration moulded on the bowl and swirls of relief decoration at the bottom of the bowl and the end of the stem. Length 115mm.
X.2313SmokingNO PROVENANCEThe bowl of a clay tobacco pipe with a tin cover: the bowl, clean and unused, has relief decoration of ?grapes and the words "Home Rule" on each side; the lid has a hole in the middle of the top and zigzag decoration round the side. Ht of bowl 44mm.
X.2314SmokingNO PROVENANCEThe bowl of a clay pipe: tall and narrow with two bands of rouletted decoration round the top; shiny, dark grey clay.
X.2315SmokingNO PROVENANCEThe two halves of a mould for making very small clay pipes: apparently carved from a chalk-like stone, with half the impression of a short and small-bowled pipe in each half - no provision for hollowing out the bowl or for piercing the stem, which must have been done afterwards; traces of decorative patterns, also presumably for moulding, on the other side of each half of the mould. Each block about 70 x 45 x 30mm.
X.2316SmokingNO PROVENANCEAn elaborate meerschaum pipe in a case: a small curved bowl, creamy white with a carving of two horses fighting on top of it (one horse's foreleg broken off); with white metal ring joining the bowl to a mouthpiece of ?amber; the whole in a specially shaped case of black leather with an orange cloth lining. Pipe length 113mm.
X.2317SmokingNO PROVENANCEA short pipe of cream-orange wood, the bowl carved in relief with a deer, a tree and the date "1801"; short stem, and mouthpiece of white metal; broken and repaired. Length 97mm.
X.2318SmokingNO PROVENANCEThe bowl and part of the stem of an early clay pipe: the bowl small, with a swollen body and a flat spur. Present length 60mm.
X.2319SmokingNO PROVENANCEThe bowl and part of the stem of an early clay pipe: the bowl small with a swollen body and a flat spur. Present length 55mm.
X.2320SmokingNO PROVENANCEClay tobacco pipe with tall plain bowl and stem broken. Present length 127mm.
X.2321SmokingNO PROVENANCEThe bowl of a clay pipe with grooves round it, rather crude, stem broken off. Present length 61mm.
X.2322SmokingNO PROVENANCEThe bowl of a clay pipe, quite narrow and tall, part missing. Present length 70mm.
X.2323SmokingNO PROVENANCEThe bowl of a clay pipe, quite large and of thin clay with slight relief decoration along the remaining stump of the stem. Present length 92mm.
X.2324SmokingNetherlandsGOUDAA clay pipe elaborately decorated in moulded relief: the bowl has Mercury and Neptune with sailing ships and "P. Goedewaagen"; the stem has scrolls and ?vines with "P. Goedewaagen & Zoon" on one side and "Gouda-Holland" on the other. Length of all three pieces together (the stem is broken in two places and there was probably more of it originally) about 375mm.
X.2325SmokingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEClay pipe bowl with part of stem, plain, with top of bowl broken. Present length 65mm.
X.2326SmokingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEClay pipe bowl with part of stem, plain except for slight groove round top of bowl. Present length 75mm.
X.2327SmokingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEClay pipe bowl decorated in relief with a thistle on one side and two roses on the other. Ht. 39mm.
X.2328SmokingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEClay pipe bowl with part of stem, plain and undecorated. Present length 84mm.
X.2329SmokingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEClay pipe bowl with part of stem, the bowl small and decorated with a small rouletted band near the rim. Preesnt length 54mm.
X.2330SmokingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEClay pipe bowl, tall and undecorated, with part of stem. Present length 80mm.
X.2331SmokingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEClay pipe, plain with tall bowl and the stem probably complete: there is a slight dent round the end of the stem, probably caused by biting; the whole pipe stained brown and slightly glossy. Length 175mm.
X.2332SmokingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEClay pipe with tall bowl with traces of relief decoration on it, the stem broken in two places and repaired; the whole pipe stained a sooty black here and there. Present length about 345mm.
X.2333SmokingHuntingdonshireEARITHClay pipe made in the shape of an acorn, with the stem a twig with an oak leaf across it; has been painted in various colours - an original feature or someone's bright idea afterwards? Present length 53mm.
X.2334SmokingHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERBowl and part of the stem of a clay pipe: small rounded bowl with a ring of rouletted decoration near the rim. Present length 76mm.
X.2335SmokingHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERBowl and part of the stem of a clay pipe, undecorated with tall bowl. Present length 88mm.
X.2336SmokingHuntingdonshireHARTFORDSmall round-bellied clay pipe bowl with ring of rouletting round the top. Ht. 29mm.
X.2337SmokingHuntingdonHARTFORDClay pipe bowl with part of stem, the bowl small and round with slight trace of rouletting round the rim. Present length 67mm.
X.2338SmokingHuntingdonshireHARTFORDClay pipe with tall bowl and most of stem, the stem bowed to one side; plain and undecorated. Present length 157mm.
X.2339SmokingHuntingdonshireHARTFORDClay pipe bowl and part of stem, the bowl thick-walled and tall. Present length 117mm.
X.2340SmokingHuntingdonshireHARTFORDClay pipe bowl with part of stem, the centre join of the bowl decorated with oak leaves. Present length 82mm.
X.2341SmokingHuntingdonshireHEMINGFORD GREYThe bowls of two clay pipes, tall and bag-shaped, undecorated. Hts. 42 and 40mm.
X.2342SmokingHuntingdonshireHOUGHTONClay pipe bowl, round-bellied with faint band of rouletting near the top. Ht. 37mm.
X.2343SmokingHuntingdonshireHOUGHTONClay pipe: with round-bellied bowl with groove of rouletting round the top and long stem, apparently complete or nearly so. Length 218mm.
X.2344SmokingHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONClay pipe: tall bowl with slight groove round top, stem broken off at the end. Present length 118mm.
X.2345SmokingHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONClay pipe: tall bowl with trace of a groove round the top, stem broken off at the end. Present length 134mm.
X.2346SmokingHuntingdonshireRAMSEYPart of a clay pipe: small, round-bellied bowl with partial groove of rouletting round the top, stem broken off. Present length 75mm.
X.2347SmokingHuntingdonshireRAMSEYPart of clay pipe: small, round-bellied bowl with rouletting round the top, and part of stem. Present length 63mm.
X.2348a-bSmokingHuntingdonshireST IVES?A pair of "cadger's" pipes: two pipes with very large bowls, the bowls plain but with a delicately moulded spur beneath them in the shape of a boot kicking a football; a) has the mouthpiece broken off; b) is stamped "200" above the spur and has the boot broken off. Lengths about 190mm and 230mm.
X.2349SmokingHuntingdonshireST IVESClay pipe: quite tall bowl with slight groove near the top, most of the stem present but the end broken off. Length 198mm.
X.2350SmokingHuntingdonshireST IVESClay pipe: plain bowl stamped "I. MUMBY ST IVES" and with "I" and "M" in relief on each side of the spur; top of bowl broken and stem broken off. Present length 107mm.
X.2351SmokingHuntingdonshireST IVESClay pipe bowl: with decoration of oak leaves up the mould line and bands of raised lines on the rest of the bowl. Ht. 41mm.
X.2352SmokingHuntingdonshireST IVESClay pipe, made of a peculiar rough-cast grey clay, with some kind of moulded decoration visible along the mould lines of the bowl. Length 132mm.
X.2353SmokingHuntingdonshireST IVESClay pipe bowl, tall and plain, broken at the top. Ht. 42mm.
X.2354SmokingHuntingdonshireST IVESClay pipe bowl, round-bellied with rouletting round the top. Ht. 37mm.
X.2355SmokingHuntingdonshireST IVESClay pipe, with tall plain bowl, stem broken off, stained black along one side. Present length 107mm.
X.2356SmokingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSClay pipe: small, round-bellied bowl with traces of a groove round the top, stem broken off. Present length 102mm.
X.2357SmokingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSClay pipe bowl, small and round-bellied with groove round the top, piece of the stem attached. Ht. 33mm.
X.2358SmokingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSClay pipe: bowl decorated in relief with oak leaves up the mould lines and a cross-keys on each side; there are perhaps raised letters on the spur but if so they are illegible; stem broken and repaired, end missing; the pipe never used. Present length 132mm.
X.2359SmokingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSClay pipe bowl, tall and plain. Ht. 47mm.
X.2360SmokingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSClay pipe bowl, quite large, tall and plain. Ht. 45mm.
X.2361SmokingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSNumerous clay pipe bowls and a few fragmenta of stems: the bowls all of a similar design, quite tall and plain (?late 18th century), some with a light groove round the top; two are reddened with heat, all are unused and some have earth in them. Found in the Museum together with these, but probably not part of the same find, are three pipe bowls of earlier design (round-bellied and small) and two later ones with decoration, one with raised ribs and dots, the other with a tree or bunch of grapes on each side; also part of a bone knife handle with diagonal grooves cut in it.
X.2361 (contd.)SmokingHuntingdonshireST NEOTS
X.2362SmokingHuntingdonshireSPALDWICKClay pipe with top of bowl broken and end of stem broken off, plain and undecorated. Present length 100mm.
X.2363SmokingHuntingdonshireLT STUKELEYThe bowl of a clay pipe with part of the stem; the bowl round-bellied with a rouletted pattern round the top. Present length 68mm.
X.2364SmokingHuntingdonshireUPWOODThe bowl and part of the stem of a clay pipe; the bowl round-bellied with a partial line of rouletting round the top. Present length 80mm.
X.2365SmokingHuntingdonshireWISTOWClay pipe with end of stem boken off: small, round-bellied bowl with rouletting round the top and a stamp under the spur with "PC" in a decorated roundel. Present length 92mm.
X.2366SmokingHuntingdonshireWISTOWClay pipe with end of stem broken off, small round-bellied bowl with rouletting round the top, the whole pipe stained pink-brown. Present length 79mm.
X.2367SmokingHuntingdonshireWOODHURSTA pipe bowl crudely made in clay, presumably home-made for attachment to a wooden stem or similar; coarse pink clay with raised rims round the top of the bowl and of the socket for the stem. Ht. 39mm.
X.2368SmokingHuntingdonshireWYTONThe bowl of a clay pipe with small piece of stem attached; the bowl tall and plain with partial groove of rouletting round the top. Present length 63mm.
X.2369SmokingNetherlandsGOUDAA very long clay pipe stem, with moulded lettering near the end where the bowl has broken off: "Goedewage Gouda"; the mouthpiece is coated in red wax or glaze. Length 452mm.
X.2370SmokingNO PROVENANCEPieces of three clay pipe stems: one plain, the other two with mouthpieces coated in red and yellow finishes respectively.
X.2371DomesticNO PROVENANCEWafering iron: two flat discs with handles, with a rivet to pivot them together and a ring that slides over the ends of the handles to hold them closed; a leaf design is engraved on the inside faces of the discs. Length 440mm, disc diam. 95mm.
X.2372DomesticNO PROVENANCEWafering iron: two flat discs with handles, pivoted, with a figure-of-eight ring hook to clasp the handle ends together; a flower and fleur-de-lys design is cast on the inside faces of the discs. Length 800mm, disc diam. 155mm.
X.2373DomesticNO PROVENANCEWafering iron: two flat discs with handles, pivoted by a large round-ended rivet, with an oval ring to hold the handles closed; a flower and fountain design is engraved, quite lightly, on the inside face of one disc only. Length 730mm, disc diam. 125mm.
X.2374DomesticNO PROVENANCETable fork: three prongs (one bent over at the point), with wooden grips riveted to both sides of the metal handle. Length 160mm.
X.2375DomesticHuntingdsonshireSTUKELEYDried burying cake: an irregular oval, pale brown, with an indented line on one side; appears to have dried fruit in it, probably currants. Length 170mm, max width 75mm.
X.2376AdministrationHuntingdonshireHOUGHTONParish constable's truncheon of varnished wood: round-ended, handle longer than the business end with a flat disc-like top; painted with the coat of arms of Geroge IV and "Houghton Parish 1827" - hand painted in red, gold, green and black. Length 24cms.
X.2377AdministrationHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONPolice constable's truncheon: turned wood, round-ended with handle narrower than the business end; the handle is corrugated for a better grip, and with a bulbous end; above the handle there is a layer of string coiled round it. Near the top is painted "VR" with a crown and cross above it, hand-painted in red and gold. Length 46cms.
X.2378AdministrationHuntingdonshireSAWTRYA small wooden club used by the parish constable at Sawtry: a stick with expanded bulbous end and a hole through the shaft at the other end; coated with a high-gloss varnish. Length 362mm.
X.2379(Administration)NO PROVENANCEA truncheon of black wood with relief carvings of shamrocks and an Irish harp. Length 45cms.
X.2380AdministrationNO PROVENANCEA truncheon of turned wood: marked with a crown and the initials "CP" 16cm from the base; the handle end has a coiled effect for grip with an expanded disc at the end. Length 45cms.
X.2381AdministrationHuntingdonshireGT STUKELEYConstable's staff: straight wooden staff painted near the top with ?the Royal Arms (now much faded but the Irish harp seems to be visible in the bottom left quarter) with various scrolls below them and the lettering "Stukely Magna 1768" - now only partly legible but recorded in the HLSI catalogue. Broken near the bottom, may once have been longer - present length 122cms.
X.2382AdministrationHuntingdonshireST IVESWooden staff: a straight, varnished pole, painted at the top with the royal arms, crown above with "W. IV R."; below is "St. Ives. 1830". Length 164cms.
X.2383AdministrationHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONParish staff of D. Veasey, mayor of Huntingdon in 1826: a straight wooden staff with royal arms painted at the top, surmounted by "G IV R" - below them the Huntingdon borough arms and a crescent-shaped panel with the words "D. Veasey Jun. Mayor 1826 St Johns Huntingdon". Length 184cms.
X.2384AdministrationHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONParish staff of C. Slow, mayor of Huntingdon in 1832: a straight wooden staff with royal arms painted at the top, surmounted by "W IV R" - below them the Huntingdon borough arms and a crescent-shaped panel with the words "C. Slow Mayor 1832 All Saints Parish Huntingdon". Length 184cms.
X.2385AdministrationHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONParish staff of C. Slow, mayor of Huntingdon in 1832: a straight wooden staff with royal arms painted at the top, surmounted by "W IV R" - below them the Huntingdon borough arms and a crescent-shaped panel with the words "C. Slow Mayor 1832 St Bennets Parish Huntingdon". Length 184cms.
X.2386AdministratoinNO PROVENANCEA truncheon of turned wood with cylindrical top and narrower handle, with broken knob end at the bottom. Length 275mm.
X.2387AdministrationNO PROVENANCEA truncheon of turned wood, the top tapering slightly inwards to a handle with ridges for better grip, expanded disc at the bottom. Length 32cms.
X.2388AdministrationNO PROVENANCEA pair of handcuffs, a metal figure-of-eight shape with a hinge on one side and a cylindrical lock on the other, with two holes for the key. Stamped "HIATT". Length 13cms.
X.2389AdministrationNO PROVENANCEBalance pans and weights: two copper pans with flat bases and three holes near the rim for chains - one pan has a small amount of chain, only two links left on the other. With four brass wieghts, circular with raised rims round the tops and circles engraved in the centres; the weights have numbers on them and the largest has various stamps including one dated "1826" and Victoria's royal cipher. Pans 12cms diam; weight diams about 70, 40, 35 and 30mm.
X.2390AdministrationNO PROVENANCEPint measure: a brass cylinder, marked "ID" under the base and with royal ciphers etc. stamped on the rim. Ht 125mm, diam. 95mm.
X.2391AdministrationHuntingdonshireST IVESA handbell, presumably used by a Town Crier: the bell itself of yellow metal (?brass or bell metal) with a clapper of iron hooked round a ring inside the bell; a polished handle of turned wood is fastened to the top of the bell above a brass ferrule; the outside of the bell has "BORO. OF ST IVES." cast in it, with traces of black paint in the letters. Ht. 25cms.
X.2392AdministrationHuntingdonshireALCONBURYIron belt, said to be part of the gibbet irons in which the body of Gervase Matcham was displayed after his execution in 1786: a belt in five hinged sections joined at the front with a knob fitting into a keyhole, and with smaller holes round the belt for the attachment of chains etc. Width 65mm, length about 100cms.
X.2393AdministrationHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCELicence plate, presumably for a traction engine: a circular metal disc enamelled in green with white lettering and with four holes for attachment. Reads: "Hunts County Council Locomotives Act 1898 Number of License 138 Granted -" (with white area after the "granted", presumably for the date). Diam. 202mm. "23" is painted very crudely on the back.
X.2394AdministrationNO PROVENANCEAn iron shackle for the waist and wrist, presumably for prison use: a round-sectioned bar with an expanded knob at one end and a loop at the other, onto which are slid a large loop for the waist and a smaller one for the wrist, with a padlock through the loop at the end of the bar to hold them in position. There is space for a second wrist loop, so this may have been part of the shackle once but is now missing. Length of main bar 47cms.
X.2395GunsHunitngdonshire?ALCONBURY?Very small revolver, presumably a lady's gun: six-round chamber, with hammer and trigger that folds up below it; two plates of bone riveted onto the grip; small foresight on end of barrel. Length 125mm, weight 150g. Bore of barrel seems to be about 4mm, i.e. ? inch - is this a known calibre? With half of a wooden case, carved to fit it from a single piece of wood and with part of a tiny hinge at one end and the rivets for another under the butt end.
X.2396GunsNO PROVENANCEPercussion-cap pistol: barrel with octagonal exterior section, mechanism in rectangular-sectioned part behind with hammer in the top centre, trigger bottom centre; curved wooden butt; engraved decoration on both sides of mechanism and under trigger guard; plain oval of white metal set in back of butt; mechanism still works. Two maker's symbols stamped under the barrel. Length 180mm, weight 300g Calibre about 12mm (i.e. half an inch).
X.2397GunsNO PROVENANCESmall flintlock pistol by H. Nock of London: smooth, cylindrical barrel with square-sectioned casing for mechanism behind, and curved, straight-sided handle of walnut; priming pan and cover are central on top of the breech, as is the lock with jaws for flint; the straight trigger folds up into the stock and emerges when the pistol is fully cocked; mechanism all in working order. Engraved "H. Nock" on the left side of the lock casing and "London" on the right. Two proof marks under the barrel, one of them a V with a crown over it. Length 175mm, weight 325g.
X.2398GunsNO PROVENANCEPistol flintlock mechanism: in poor condition, remains of a flint held by two rusty jaws, L-shaped frizen over the priming pan; no trigger. Length 105mm, weight 150g.
X.2399GunsLondonTOWER OF LONDONA large gun flint, presumably from a musket, white and calcined and crackled by fire. Length 35mm.
X.2400GunsHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONBag of gun flints: of brown cloth hand-stitched into a rectangular shape, with a draw-string top using thin brown cotton tape to close it; with printed paper label: "F. JOYCE'S IMPROVED ANTI-CORROSIVE PERCUSSION CAPS", manufactured in London. 220 x 120mm. Now contains an assortment of 86 different-sized gun flints, each about 25 x 15mm.
X.2401GunsNO PROVENANCESix gun flints, each about 20mm long.
X.2402GunsNO PROVENANCEThe rusted mechanism of a miniature pistol, single-shot and apparently percussion cap: thick barrel with octagonal section near the lock; mechanism is too rusty to be clear, but includes a hammer with spring inside the metal frame of the butt; hole now drilled in the top of the breech end of the barrel - to deactivate it? Length 115mm.
X.2403GunsNO PROVENANCETwo gun flints, lengths 34mm and 22mm.
X.2404GunsNO PROVENANCEPistol: box-lock flintlock type, c.1800: metal throughout, the circular exterior of the barrel blending into the curved lock and cross-hatched sides of the grip; priming pan and hammer on the centre top (upper jaw and screw of the hammer missing); engraved decoration, with "Richardson" on the left side and "Manchester" on the right; proof marks under the barrel: double fleur-de-lys with crown (twice) and a "B"; the trigger is flush with the bottom of the barrel, presumably springing down when the pistol is cocked. Length 160mm.
X.2405GunsNO PROVENANCESmall pistol: barrel with octagonal outside section, calibre about 15mm; behind it a square-sectioned casing for the mechanism: the hammer is missing and the trigger is flush with the bottom but there is a fitting of some kind of percussion cap in front of where the hammer would be; handle of cross-hatched wood; lock plate on the left is engaved "Reill . . . Oxford St London". Length 145mm.
X.2406GunsHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONPistol: 10mm calibre, with percussion-cap hammer, oval trigger surround, and decorated with a now faded feather design on both sides; manufacturer's marks like crossed keys beneath the barrel, the curved wooden handle screwed onto the frame. Length 190mm, weight 250g.
X.2407GunsHuntingdonshireWYTONA very crude pistol, presumably home-made: a thick piece of pipe with one end forged into a solid curved handle and with the nipple for a percussion cap fastened into the top of the barrel; with it a mallet made from two pieces of metal rod, presumably for stiking the nipple and firing the pistol. Pistol length 230mm, mallet 150mm.
X.2408Norman CrossTea caddy with quilled decoration, thought to have been made by prisoners at Norman Cross: a hexagonal wooden box with traces of the tinfoil lining; the lift-out inner lid and the outside panels are decorated with rolled strips of paper and foil glued on to make patterns, some of them now lost; there are inlaid strips round the wooden frame, silvered hinges and a catch on the lid (now locked to the bottom of the box and the screws pulled out of the lid); a bone surround to the keyhole in front. Ht. 123mm, length 177mm.
X.2408 (contd. 1)Norman Cross
X.2408 (contd. 2)Norman Cross
X.2409Norman CrossTea caddy with quilled decoration, said to have been made by French prisoners at Perth: a hexagonal wooden box with a cabinet-made external framework with inlay work, holding glass panels over the quilled decoration, which is elaborate and includes plant patterns made in gold foil; there is a brass handle on the lid and a lock on the front (behind the glass and therefore unusable); the lid held on with two silvered hinges, one of them now detached; the interior is lined with tin foil; there is an inner lid of mahogany or similar with a brass handle. Ht. (excluding handle) 133mm, length 195mm.
X.2410Crafts ThatcherHuntingdonshireUPTONA thatch staple, for holding thatch onto rafters: a square-sectioned steel spike with a flattened tail on one side of the top end, and with corrugations along the top of the spike. Length 205mm.
X.2412GunsNO PROVENANCEPistol: percussion cap, with central hammer in square-sectioned box mechanism, engraved decoration on both sides of the box but no visible maker's name; curved wooden handle, also square-sectioned. Mechanism still works. Length 190mm.
X.2413GunsHuntingdonshireHARTFORDRevolver: six-chambered with octagonal-sectioned barrel and wooden grips on either side of the handle, and a metal ring on the butt: presumably uses some kind of rim-fire ammunition, as the hammer snaps onto the side of the chambers, where a small slit in each chamber opens to the outside. Mechanism still works and is double-action, i.e. it is possible to cock and fire using the trigger only, although the hammer can also be cocked in the normal way. Length 270mm.
X.2414GunsHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMBullet mould: pliers-like device with chamber at the end to mould lead into balls; rusty and in poor condition. Length 90mm.
X.2415GunsNO PROVENANCEFour small tin containers for powder charges: of two designs, all oval in section but two are plain cylinders with sprung lids at each end, the spring inside the tins; the other two are wider in the middle and have the spring outside, down one side. All have a central divider, apparently of cork. The two plain tins have "Sykes Patent" stamped on one lid and "1¾oz" on he other. Lengths 75mm, 75mm, 80mm and 85mm.
X.2416GunsNO PROVENANCEBullet mould: steel device like a pair of pliers with the ball mould formed in two halves, leaving a hole for lead to be poured in; behind the pivot the arms are formed into a cutter to take off the sprue from the resulting ball. Stamped "42" on one of the arms. Length 115mm.
X.2417GunsNO PROVENANCEBullet mould: very similar to X.2416 but making a slightly larger ball and with longer handles. Also stamped "42" on one arm. Length 140mm.
X.2418GunsNO PROVENANCEThe neck of a powder flask (see X.2424 for a complete one): a brass cylinder with a screw thread at the bottom to fasten it to the flask; a pivoting lever on one side of the neck allows a measure of powder to be poured from the flask but the two plates on the lever ensure that the flask is never completely open at both points at once. The upper plate can be adjusted to two positions - the slits it moves in are stamped "1½oz" and "1¾oz". Length 66mm.
X.2419GunsNO PROVENANCEA small tin containing priming nipples: a tiny cylindrical tin painted with a lustrous blue enamel containing six nipples in three different sizes - each nipple with a hole through it and a screw thread for fastening into the gun breech. Tin 25mm diam, nipples 13, 15 and 17mm long.
X.2420Guns?NO PROVENANCEA wooden ladle - found with our guns and related material, so did this have some use connected with guns or gunpowder? Cauldron shaped bowl with thin handle, all of dark brown polished wood. Length 190mm.
X.2421GunsNO PROVENANCELeather powder flask designed to strap on like a belt: a tube of leather with the tail of the belt fastened to one end and the buckle (missing) originally attached to the other - see X.2422, more complete. The mouth of the tube is closed with a brass nozzle: a sprung trapdoor allows a measure of powder into the nozzle, then the sprung handles of a scoop can be pressed together and the scoop taken out with the powder in it. Stamped on the nozzle is "Dixon & Son Patent". Total length 915mm.
X.2422GunsNO PROVENANCELeather powder flask, identical to X.2422 but with the buckle part of the belt present and intact. The brass nozzle dented and the mechanism stiff and rusty, the nozzle stamped "T. Frith Patent". Length 122cm.
X.2423GunsNO PROVENANCEA brass powder container with scoop: the scoop is designed like the ones in X.2421-2 but fits into a small brass cylinder (enough for one charge presumably) instead of a larger flask. The spring which would hold the scoop into the cylinder is missing. The knob handle of the scoop is engraved "L" or perhaps "7." Length when fitted together 85mm.
X.2424GunsNO PROVENANCEPowder flask: a black leather pouch with the top secured into a metal nozzle with coiled string; attached to the side of the nozzle is a pivoted rod with a round handle and V-shaped spring, connected to two discs that seal off the flask from the nozzle and allow a measured amount of powder to fill it. Length 200mm.
X.2425GunsNO PROVENANCEPowder flask: of copper with brass fittings, an elongated oval shape with a circular band of brass securing the nozzle onto the flask with three screws; above this is a circular spring which allows a brass disc to close or open between the flask and the nozzle, with a knob to press to open it; the nozzle engraved "? ½ ? DR" (i.e. fractions of drams), also "G & J.W HAWKSLEY"; the whole dispenser-top unscrews for powder to be put into the flask. Length 140mm.
X.2426GunsNO PROVENANCEPowder flask: of copper with brass fittings, an elongated oval shape with a circular band of brass securing the nozzle onto the flask with three screws; above this is a circular spring which allows a brass disc to close or open between the flask and the nozzle, with a knob to press to open it; the nozzle engraved "? ? ? DRAMS", also "JAMES DINOW & SONS SHEFFIELD"; the whole dispenser-top unscrews for powder to be put into the flask. The flask is dented and has a copper loop at its base with a piece of twisted wire through it. Length 180mm.
X.2427GunsNO PROVENANCEPowder flask: copper with brass nozzle, with a revolver in repoussé on the body of the flask; a brass band surrounds the mouth, from which the brass nozzle unscrews for the flask to be refilled; the nozzle closed off with a small plate, opened by a lever beside the nozzle with a spring round the top of the flask. Length 125mm.
X.2428GunsNO PROVENANCEPowder flask: copper with brass fittings; the top unscrews to refill the flask and has the usual sprung knob to dispense powder through the nozzle (spring broken); the nozzle can be set to three different lengths to give different charges of powder. Engraved "Sykes" on the nozzle and "Sykes Patent" on the flask lid. Length 205mm.
X.2429GunsNO PROVENANCEPowder flask: similar design to X.2425-2428 but blackened and corroded - seems to have been brass throughout instead of brass and copper but it's hard to tell. Has the usual dispensing mechanism (spring broken) and three-size adjustment for the nozzle. Length 175mm.
X.2430GunsHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONPowder flask: copper, nozzle missing, an elongated oval shape with ribbed sides, ornately decorated with repoussé patterns of feathers and leaves, dented at the front and back; part of the circular spring which would have opened and closed the nozzle remains. Length 185mm.
X.2431GunsNO PROVENANCEPowder and shot flask: oval-sectioned copper body with brass base in which is a circle with milled edge which unscrews to give access to a small bottom chamber - for wads? The rest of the flask is in two compartments, one cylindrical with a pivoting brass cover, presumably for balls, and the other with the usual powder flask nozzle with sprung closure. There is no way of unscrewing the powder flask top, so powder wes presumably poured in through the nozzle as well as out. Length 120mm.
X.2432Guns?NO PROVENANCEFive gun flints (or for domestic strike-a-lights), length about 20mm.
X.2433MilitaryNO PROVENANCEBrass plate with two metal loops on the back and cast and painted decoration on the front: the Royal cipher over two crossed flags, the Union flag and a horizontal tricolor of blue, red and white (?Dutch), crowns at each side and "1902" beneath, and at the bottom "Regd. 15449". Inked on the back is (probably) "F/C". Length 155mm.
X.2434Guns?NO PROVENANCESome kind of cutting device: a brass cylinder closed at both ends with a slit near one end into which the edge of a circular steel blade is pushed by a sprung lever. The cylinder is stamped "C" and the lever "12 Dixon & Sons 1114". Length 105mm.
X.2435GunsNO PROVENANCEA multi-purpose tool for maintaining pistols: a steel rod with a hook on one side and two rasps; screwed into each end is a cylinder with a screw point, one engraved "169" and the other "170"; a long narrow spike lies along one side of the rod and can be pivoted outwards; protruding from the rod at acute angles are two arms, one ending in a screwdriver, the other in a double corkscrew. The hook on the main rod is stamped "TP". Length 170mm.
X.2436GunsNO PROVENANCEThe wooden case for a pair of pistols: of mahogany or walnut with brass carrying handle and lock (the lock plate stamped "Giltspur St"); with wooden compartments inside lined with green felt, two of them closed with lids with bone knob handles; one compartment contains a spiral brush presumably for cleaning pistol barrels. 235 x 170 x 70mm.
X.2437PlateNO PROVENANCEPair of Adam style bonbon dishes: Sheffield plate or silver, unmarked, probably early 19th century; rectangular bases hollow underneath, surmounted by raised oval plinths which then narrow to form the stem of the dishes, which are deep ovals; decorated with cast rams' heads, one on each side of the dish, with hanging rings through their mouths; between the rams is a repoussé design of drapes, flowers and fleur-de-lys; round the rims is a design of raised ovals. Width 170mm, ht 90mm, weight 325g.
X.2438PlateNO PROVENANCEFruit dish: Sheffield plate or silver, unmarked; round dish on three rams' legs, bent at the knee and complete with hooves (one leg damaged and split); at the top of each leg is a ram's head and between them a design of flowers and draped ribbons. Diam. 210mm, ht 160mm, weight 550g.
X.2439PlateNO PROVENANCETwo-handled cup, probably a porringer pot: Sheffield plate or silver, unmarked; decorated in a repoussé 18th-century-like design of flowers and leaves, cast handles are S-shaped, base has a Tudor rose; 1850s-1870s. One handle is detached at its base. Rim diam. 88mm, ht 80mm, weight 175g.
X.2440PlateNO PROVENANCECircular dish with handles and lid, possibly an early 19th-century porringer drinking cup: Sheffield plate or silver, hallmarked "IE" surounded by pellets; base is concave in the centre, dish is decorated in a repoussé design of flowers, leaves and fleur-de-lys, handles fan-shaped and decorated with cut out ovals and circles; the lid has the same flower and leaf design and an extended lip to ensure a firm fit, and in the centre an ebony knob (so as not to get too hot) secured by a metal pin and wing-nut underneath. Diam. 120mm, ht 125mm, weight 380g.
X.2441PlateNO PROVENANCEShallow silver dish, hallmarked with head of King George III, London, 1798; flat, circular base embossed in the centre with a church surrounded by trees; the rim soldered on and fluted. Diam. 195mm, ht. 25mm, weight 150g.
X.2442PlateNO PROVENANCESilver bowl, hallmarked London, 1802, "R C" (for Richard Crossley: Norris index card erroneously gives maker as "Richard Garrard"): with circular stepped base (hallmark on the first raised edge) made by hammering and soldered on: the lower half of the bowl fluted with vertical raised lines, lipped rim. Diam. 145mm, ht. 100mm, weight 350g.
X.2443PlateNO PROVENANCEPair of candlesticks, made of provincial silver, hallmarked London, 1793, "W C" for William Cripps: octagonal bases with ribbed domes above, each embossed with a single oval with a surround of a feather design; above the domes the candlesticks are decorated in the same twisting ribbed design; at the top is an octagonal, wavy-edged lip to catch dripping wax, with a similar one lower down. Ht. 135mm, weight 140g.
X.2444PlateNO PROVENANCECandle holder of Sheffield plate or silver, hallmarked "IE" surrounded by pellets (cf. X.2440): an octagonal dish on four rounded feet, with a border of hooped and raised ("gadroon") design; candle holder in the centre of the dish with a knob that when raised removes the candle end; from one side of the dish protrudes a handle decorated with a face and with an oval containing a fleur-de-lys and surrounded by a feather design. Length 215mm, weight 225g.
X.2445PlateHuntingdonshireRAMSEYTrophy silver cup: hallmarked Edinburgh 1813, "WA" [probably William Auld]: stepped base decorated with petals; stem narrows in the middle; bowl decorated at the bottom with 22 plain lobes, upper part decorated with a flower and feather design; inscribed on the side: "RAMSEY RACES 1856", surrounded by feathers and a lattice pattern. Ht. 165mm, rim diam. 120mm, weight 400g.
X.2446PlateHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCETrophy silver cup, hallmarked "RH" (probably Robert Harper), London, 1862, and Victoria's head: with circular stepped base, decorated with leaves and grass, above it a stem with striations towards the base, which is soldered onto the bowl; the bowl has a lipped rim and repoussé decoration showing two greyhounds chasing a hare; and on the other side, between two pairs of trees, is "HUNTS COURSING CLUB PRESENTED BY F. ROOPER ESQ. WON BY MR GOLDEN'S BLUE DOG GARLAND NOVEMBER 1862"; the bowl interior is gilded. Ht. 200mm, rim diam. 115mm, weight 325g.
X.2447PlateHuntingdonshireST IVESTrophy silver cup with handles, hallmarked London 1901, "RP", base marked underneath with retail marks "14,300 14.20 NG/C": edge of base is milled and decorated with trundling work with a pattern of repeated wave and three dots; slender stem tapering towards the middle where there is a milled disc; the bowl decorated with garlands of fern leaves, flowers and ribbons, and around the top is more trundling work with a band of a triangles with a wavy line above and below it; inscribed on the side: "ST IVES HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY PRESENTED BY RT HON SIR A.E. FELLOWES AUGUST 1919"; inside another garland of leaves are engraved six shields containing the names of the winners: "E.E. CHAMBERS 1919-1922, H.J. SMITH 1923-24"; more shields are engraved in another garland with "H.J. SMITH" and "1925" and "1926"; handles extend from under the rim to top of neck. Ht. 255mm, rim diam. 110mm, weight 400g.
X.2448PlateHuntingdonshireST IVESTrophy nickel cup, marked "E P" [electroplated], and retail marks under the base "32/- odd 014404": flat base, decorated with a star and leaf design; slender stem with two milled discs; the bowl decorated with four panels, two containing a flower and leaf design, the third empty and the fourth inscribed: "ST IVES AMATEUR OPEN REGATTA AUG: 8th 1883 PRESENTED BY T. COOTE ESQe. JUN. C. BULLARD. Bow R. SMITH. R. CHAPMAN. G.A. SMITH. Stroke. S.S. PELLER. Cox"; round the rim is a fringed design, with hallmark-like symbols beneath. Ht. 195mm, rim diam. 100mm, weight 275g.
X.2449CostumeHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONDecorated openwork buckle: of white metal tarnished black, roughly rectangular with crescentic holes at the four corners and eight elongated holes along the sides; with a central pivot and a two-pronged catch for securing the buckle. 56 x 42mm.
X.2450PlateHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCETrophy silver cup: hallmarked London 1870, head of Queen Victoria, "R.H" mark of Robert Harper; domed base with ball moulding round the edge and decoration of eight leaves; four similar leaves overlap on the stem, which is topped with a milled disc; the bowl (gilt inside) has eight leaves round the bottom and is inscribed on the side: "AWARDED TO J. TOPHAM FOR THE BEST HUNTING MARE & FOAL BY THE HUNTINGDON AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY 1874." Ht. 164mm, rim diam. 82mm, weight 175g.
X.2451PlateCambridgeshireUPWELLSilver cup awarded to James May for skating, January 1821: goblet-shaped, the base having a raised step and concentric grooves, hammer marks visible on the underside; engraved on one side of the cup is a shield-shaped panel with "JAS. MAY. A Prize won by Skating at Upwell Jany. 5th 1821." Scratched on the other side is a cartoon of May, with a bubble over his head reading "Gently Drake i have cut one wing and will soon cut the other" (a pun on his opponent's name). Hallmarks near the rim, left of the cartoon: London, 1776, "WI". Ht. 162mm, rim diam. 98mm.
X.2474DomesticHuntingdonshireST NEOTSPewter plate: plain and pitted with a simple, bowl-shaped base and fluting on the upper side of the rim; stamped underneath "E E" and with a trace of a circular stamp - almost obscured but including the letters "LON", perhaps from "London". Diam. 235mm.
X.2475PlateNO PROVENANCEA pewter milk jug, polished and of elegant shape: a tulip-shaped bowl with broad lip and outurned rim, plain flared base welded on the bottom and lazy-S shaped handle; a spur on the top of the handle enables the jug to stand securely upside down. Stamped under the body and partly obscured by the base: ". . . ROADHEA . . . G. ATKIN SHEFFIELD". Ht. 100mm
X.2476PlateHuntingdonshireST IVESPewter half-pint measure from the Ram Inn: mug-shaped with outturned base (partly missing), fluting round the bottom of the body, slightly outturned plain rim, S-shaped handle; engraved on the base "Ram Inn St Ives"; monogram on the side that looks like "RE" but could perhaps be "RI"; stamped ". . . PINT" near the handle and with various proofing stamps - a large CH under a crown and a smaller VR with a crown, also a circle of letters "SURREY" with "AP" or "AE". Ht. 100mm.
X.2477PlateHuntingdonshireST IVESPewter half-pint measure from the Ram Inn: mug-shaped and similar to X.2476 but the base not damaged; engraved under the base "Ram Inn St Ives" and with the same RE or RI monogram on the side; also stamped "½ PINT" and "HALF PINT" and with various proofing marks including VR and a "VR266", also the "SURREY" mark used on X.2476. Ht 100mm.
X.2478PlateNO PROVENANCEA pewter gill or half-gill measure: a small mug with flared base and S-profile body (expands to wide belly, narrower neck, wide rim ) with horizontal grooves round at some points; loop handle with spur at the bottom; cast under the rim is "quartern" and stamped on the rim is "½" and a proof mark under a crown that starts with a "C". Ht. 59mm.
X.2479BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESStoneware jar: cylindrical body, conical neck and expanded lip with hole for cork; reeded handle; buff below the shoulder and brown above, glazed except on the base. Stamped on the neck: "The Brewery St Ives 202" and in a small oval "Doulton & Co. Limited Lambeth". Ht. 262mm.
X.2510Norman CrossSmall ship model of carved bone in a case with straw marquetry: the ship beautiful and exquisitely detailed, with 50 guns on the two main gun decks (a few red-painted gunport covers surviving); the hull and decks very detailed with elaborate stern gallery etc.; a winged figure as the figurehead, companionways and rails on the decks, also detailed gun carriages for the upper deck guns and two boats; the masts, yards, rigging and anchors similarly detailed though the rigging now much degraded. The ship is mounted on a platform, decorated with straw marquetry and mounted on four bone feet; the platform is fastened inside a wooden case decorated with straw marquetry and with glass at the front and sides, the front hinged so that it could originally be opened; the back was probably also glass originally but was hardboard before conservation in 1998-9 when it was replaced with acid-free card. Case has brass handle and bone feet. Case 34 x 14 x 31cms.
X.2510 (contd.)Norman Cross
X.2511Norman CrossA chest or box in the style of a pagoda, decorated with straw marquetry and carved bone: a wide base on four very elaborate bone legs tapers inwards to the rectangular body of the chest, where two doors on sacking hinges open to reveal six drawers; above, the box tapers inwards again to a smaller rectangular section with a rounded roof on top; the whole is decorated elaborately with carved bone and straw marquetry, with delicate sprays of bones flowers on the upper finials. Ht. 35cms.
X.2512Norman CrossBone model of a warrior in classical or Eastern costume: bare legged with a kilt and a wide belt, wearing a plumed helmet and holding a curved sword in the right hand, with the broken-off stump of something else in the left hand; painted red, black, yellow and blue. Ht. 93mm.
X.2513LightingNO PROVENANCEA pair of brass candlesticks: with stepped, hexagonal, hollow bases, shafts with swellings at intervals. Ht. 155mm.
X.2514LightingNO PROVENANCEBrass candlestick: with stepped, oval, hollow base, circular shaft in three sections with an expanded ring round the candle holder. Ht. 205mm.
X.2515LightingNO PROVENANCEA pocket candle and match holder: a brass cylinder with a thimble-shaped top; the flat base has raised dots to strike the matches on; the top has a crown insignia within a circle of letters, including the words "The Albert Match"; on the body is a crest: a diamond shape with feathers and a central "R", and below it "Manufactured by Thomas Wharton"; inside, the bottom half of the cylinder is the match holder, divided in two, while another hollow cylinder with a spring holds the candle. Ht. 105mm.
X.2516BusinessesNO PROVENANCEAn instrument for testing the weight of sovereign coins: brass, with a balance arm resting on a pivot and a circular weight on one end of the arm to balance a half sovereign placed near the end of the other arm, or a sovereign placed closer to the fulcrum: the coin holders marked "Sovereign Warranted" and "Sovereign ½", the weight stamped with a crown and "DT [?BY] SN'D"; the footplate marked "BIRM". Length 95mm.
X.2517BuildingsHuntingdonshireCOPPINGFORDWindow said to be from the King Charles I Cottage at Coppingford: rectangular metal frame with two loop hinges and two bars running horizontally across the window; between the bars and the frame is held a rectangle of diamond-shaped leaded panes - ten complete diamonds with some halves and quarters round the edges, some of the lead and glass now missing. On the other side of the window from the hinges and bars - and so presumably on the outside - is an elaborate handle and catch of wrought iron. Ht. 52cms, width 39cms.
X.2517 (contd.)Buildings
X.2518MilitaryNO PROVENANCEBreastplate: ridged down the middle and with raised rims round the neck and arm holes, flaring outwards at the waist; there is a stud on each shoulder for the fastenings (but none at the waist) and a dent from the "proving shot" on the left breast. Ht. 34cms.
X.2519MilitaryHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCECannon ball: a solid sphere of iron with what look like several seams or mould lines. Diam 90mm.
X.2520MilitaryHuntingdonshireCATWORTHA cavalry trooper's sword: with very long blade, straight and two edged with a point; the tang is now bare metal, rectangular in section, with the guard looping from the pommel to the top of the blade; there is an expansion in the centre of the guard and a rolled terminal at the blade end, wide lobes curve back on either side of the guard at the blade end of it; the pommel is a thick disc, rather loose on the end of the tang. Length 110cms.
X.2521MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESThe head of a halberd: a spike with an axe blade across it, below which it opens out into a two-sided socket with part of the wooden handle gripped between, traces of two rivets. Length 48cms
X.2522MilitaryNO PROVENANCEA piece of First World War trench armour to protect the upper chest: a flat sheet of steel with a slight vertical ridge in the centre, rising high around the throat; with two curved shoulder pieces fastened to the main sheet with three pointed-headed rivets each; two more rivets lower down hold buckles inside the chest plate, each with the end of a webbing strap attached. Ht. 35cms.
X.2523PlateHuntingdonshireWOODHURSTPewter communion chalices from Woodhurst Union Chapel: pair of identical tulip-shaped cups with turned over rims; the stems tapers inwards towards the centre where there is a bulbous disc, used as a finger support; the bases stepped and decorated with parallel lines; marked underneath: "JAMES AND SONS 911", also "97", and etched on "WOODHURST UNION CHAPEL". Ht. 202mm, rim diam. 100mm.
X.2524PlateHuntingdonshireWOODHURSTPeweter communion plate from Woodhurst Union Chapel (see X.2353 for the chalices): circular, with a two-stepped outer edge and a turned over rim; circular, stepped base stem which tapers towards the middle; inside the base is maker's mark "JAMES DIXON & SONS 97". Diam. 253mm.
X.2525DomesticNO PROVENANCEHousehold spoon, made of pewter: oval bowl with flat handle expanded into three lobes at the end, decoration along the side of the handle and a shield-shaped stamp in the top of the bowl. Length 19cms.
X.2526DomesticHuntingdonshireST NEOTSPewter salt cellar: a small bowl with a concave base, grooves round the base and the bowl top; rather bent and with a crack round the edge of the base. Bowl diam. 60mm.
X.2527PlateHuntingdonshireHAIL WESTONPewter chalice, late 17th century: a straight-sided goblet, plain and with hammer marks still on the outside of the bowl, with a very faint oval cartouche; set on a stem with a globular expansion half-way up which is in turn soldered to a rather crude flat, circular base; under the base the letter "M" is stamped twice and ". . . NDON" is embossed - perhaps the end of "London"; four hallmarks on the rim, including a lion and an "E". Ht 150mm, rim diam. 86mm
X.2527 (contd.)PlateHuntingdonshireHAIL WESTON
X.2528ChildhoodHuntingdonshireST IVESWax doll, fully dressed: the face, shoulders, arms and legs of wax snd stitched onto a soft linen body, blonde hair and glass blue eyes, wearing brown leather shoes with brown ribbons and silver buckles, white cotton socks, a white, short-sleeved dress with daisy-like lace flowers and horizontal pleating held on by cotton ties at the back; underneath is a cotton petticoat edged in lace and below this is a woollen underskirt edged with blue embroidery, secured by a cloth button; also a long cotton vest and lace-edged bloomers, finished with a cloth button. One of the wax legs is broken off. Length 43cms.
X.2529CostumeNO PROVENANCELace Bonnet: probably for a child, made of cotton and muslin edged with lace; one of the cotton tapes used to tie it on is missing, the other tape is trimmed with lace; the main fabric is white with a chequered pattern in the weave; decorated with tight pleats and embroidered leaves and open-holed flower buds; at the back are two short cotton tie tapes. 22 x 25cms when folded.
X.2530CostumeHuntingdonshireST IVESBaby's christening gown of white cotton: the arms and neck the size for a very small baby but the gown continued to a great length; draw-string neckline with a looped thread edge, open at the back and fastened with two pairs of ties; short sleeves with the same looped edge and a leaf lace design; decorated with embroidered white flowers, raised knots and pleats diagonally across the chest; the side seams are hidden with overlapping hems, with knotted thread balls at the top; three parallel rows of pleating at the hem. 23cm across the chest, 92cm long.
X.2531CostumeNO PROVENANCETriangular Shawl, perhaps used at a christening: made of fine white cloth, the edge finished with an embroidered cut triangle design; along the two shorter sides is a repeated flower and leaf embroidered motif, with a continuous embroidered leaf design on the long side. 74 x 48 x 48cms.
X.2532CostumeHuntingdonshireBUCKDENSmock or nightdress of white cotton: small, round neckline with a crochet edge, opening down the front with the same trim and secured with two cloth buttons; the cuffs of the sleeves have the crochet trim as well; gathered at the cuffs and across the shoulders. Length 130cms, 65cms across the chest.
X.2533CostumeHuntingdonshireST IVESTwo handmade buttons, white, apparently made by stretching cotton across hoop frames and securing it at the edges with blanket stitch. Diam. 12mm and 13mm.
X.2534CostumeHuntingdonshireNEEDINGWORTHBodice, probably for a child: of shiny, ribbed pink cotton material, decorated with dark pink and light pink flowers; short sleeves with pink bias binding along the seams, also the neck and hem line; fastened at the front with 12 metal hooks and eyes, two hooks sewn on the wrong side; the back extends downwards into a point and consists of three seams; wide V neckline at front and back; boned flap; lined throughout with cream silk. 38cm across chest, and 38cm long.
X.2535CostumeHuntingdonshireNEEDINGWORTHDoll's skirt: handmade in white wool with hemline scalloped in V-shapes, loose knitted in a design of horizontal wavy lines, with a panelled effect vertically; wider at the hem than the waist; waistband of the same knitting with a hole pattern; fastened by knitted ties with two tassels to secure the open side seam. Waist 14cm wide, length 15cm.
X.2536BusinessesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONA copper plate for printing one-guinea banknotes for Huntingdon Bank. Engraved (in reverse): "Huntingdon Bank No. No. Promise to pay the Bearer on Demand ONE GUINEA Value received Huntingdon the _____ day of __________ 180__ Entd. ONE GUINEA". Engraved on the back (not in reverse) is "[ ] WHITTOW & SON [ ] SHOE LANE HOLBORN LONDON". Plate 96 x 203mm.
X.2536*BusinessesSussexST LEONARDS ON SEAA copper plate for printing a Huntingdon banknote, found at St Leonards, is catalogued under HUNTINGDON.
X.2537CostumeHuntingdonshireNEEDINGWORTHChild's bodice: of white cotton with short embroidered sleeves with a crochet looped trim, which also extends round the neckline and along the shoulder pieces; embroidered design of three feathery leaves repeated within a zig-zag line of stitches and circular holes, across the chest and on the sleeves; the back slighly gathered; secured by thin cotton ties at the neck and hemline, but only the ties on one side of the back remain, which also gather in the material; a raised knot stitch decorates the hemline. Length 46cm.
X.2538CostumeHuntingdonshireNEEDINGWORTHGirl's dress and matching jacket: of cream silk decorated with red and cream rosebuds with two-tone green leaves; the jacket has long sleeves edged with cream lace; round neck-line fastened by a metal hook and sewn eye; fastened from waist to neck with 16 buttonholes, no buttons left; "boned" at the sides, back shaped with darts and pleats. The dress has three-quarter length sleeves edged in the same floral lace with matching lace collar, front opening with 12 pearl-like buttons and 12 buttonholes, the round neck-line secured with metal hook and eye; skirt has unmatching horizontal seams; hand finished. Jacket length 65cm, 40cms wide across the chest; dress length 100cm, width of waist 30cm
X.2539CostumeHuntingdonshireNEEDINGWORTHShawl: crocheted in off-white cotton, roughly square with rounded corners and a square-holed linear pattern on the border; the main design is of a black-faced Uncle Tom with arms outstretched towards a white-faced Eva, all in crochet, as are the words "UNCLE TOM AND EVA" at the bottom. 115 x 110cm.
X.2540CostumeNO PROVENANCETop hat: of black moleskin, with a black ribbon round it forming a bow; interior lined with a layer of paper, a layer of cream silk and a band of buff leather, with an interwoven brown ribbon and bow. With label showing a crown and the Garter, "BEST QUALITY LONDON" round a sea ceature and a trident, four medals and "VIENNA 1873, PARIS 1878". The hat on the label is marked "S1750" and size 6 7/8. Ht. 185mm, width 290mm.
X.2540-50CostumeNO PROVENANCEThese hats and clothes were given to the Museum as a collection in the 1980s, but the donor never returned to give the information about them that he promised. They are believed to be genuine Victorian garments and are thought to have been used locally.
X.2541CostumeNO PROVENANCEMetal hat box, oval, for a top hat: with hinged lid and loop handle secured with four rivets, hasp and loop for closing it, a pair of parallel raised ridges around it, with a further one at the rim giving a tight fit for the lid; painted black. Ht. 25cms, width 33.5cms.
X.2542CostumeNO PROVENANCECanvas hat box for ladies' hats: beige, circular, with unstiffened lid; box and lid lined with pink material, decorated with flowers and leaves in various colours; the lid fastened by a button and thread loop and secured with a strap and metal buckle. Ht. 18cm, width 36cm.
X.2543CostumeNO PROVENANCELady's bonnet of purple satin: with a downturned peak across the front and sides, gathered into uneven pleats; on the sides are long ribbon ties of the same material; the inside of the peak is lined with off-white netting, the crown stiffened with black mesh cardboard. Diam. of crown 15cms.
X.2544CostumeNO PROVENANCELady's bonnet of blue satin: with a downturned peak round the front and sides, gathered into uneven pleats; at the base of the back runs a pink ribbon, ruched at the sides and then forming long ties; the crown shaped with straw and wire hoops, lined with black satin and trimmed round the brim with pleated off-white netting with an embroidered flower design. Diam. of crown 16cm.
X.2545CostumeNO PROVENANCELady or child's straw bonnet: the brim curves upwards round the front with extended side pieces, the sides decorated with purple and white cloth flowers with green covered wire stems; inside the peak are more purple flowers made of ribbon with green wire stems and clear glass beads for the centres (some beads missing); trimmed with a mauve ribbon edged with a white frayed ribbon, with a piece of lace over the top; at the sides are long ties made of the same mauve ribbon; shaped with wires and lined with netting. 33cms around the edge.
X.2546CostumeNO PROVENANCELady's hair-band: made of white ribbon trimmed with a double layer of lace; the ribbon has a flower design in the weave and is finished with a ruffled bow and hanging ends; along it are tags of the same ribbon looped either side of the bow. 53cms round the band.
X.2547a-cCostumeNO PROVENANCELady's three-piece outfit in purple satin: a) a short jacket with long sleeves, trimmed with silver piping, the back tailored into a point at the hem, fastened with metal hooks hidden beneath fake silver cloth buttons, the hooks fastening into round hand-stitched holes; for a looser fastening, a central panel reveals a criss-cross design of silver piping, fastened with metal hooks and thread loops; small U-shaped pocket on the left side trimmed with silver piping, as is the hem; lined with buff cotton cloth; length 60cms. b) a full-length skirt, longer and fuller at the back, hemmed in cotton bias binding, front V-shaped opening secured with one metal hook and eye, made with 8 seams, one side pocket and lined with buff material; some repair to waistline. Length (back) 113cms.
X.2547a-c (contd.)CostumeNO PROVENANCEc) a wrap-around over-skirt, fastened with metal hook and eye at narrow waist band, the hem and wrap-over side trimmed with cotton tassels, the other side open with silver piping creating an open-mesh design with criss-cross pieces forming a diamond shape; on either side is a lapel effect edged with the same silver material; a silver trim also on the hem, the sides which are pleated near the waist and the open top pocket, which is round at the base and trimmed with a ribbon made of the purple and silver material. Length 81cms.
X.2548a-eCostumeNO PROVENANCELady's five-piece outfit in turquoise cotton material: a) a short jacket with long sleeves and cream lace collar, the back tailored into pleats and with a pointed hem with two cloth-covered buttons, trimmed at neck and front with scallop-edged cream lace with leaf and loops design; fastens in two positions with metal hooks and round hand-stitched holes, more loosely fastened with a central panel with five cloth-covered buttons; two tapes at back for attaching to skirt. Length (back) 56cms. b) a short cape, secured at neck with metal hook and eye, trimmed with blue ribbon and with eleven cloth-covered buttons up the back. Length (back) 57cms. c) a collar to wear over the cape, of cream netting, pleated round the edge and ruffled in five pieces at the neck. Neckline 86cms.
X.2548a-e (contd.)CostumeNO PROVENANCEd) a full-length skirt, longer and fuller at the back, with ribbon waistband, open at the front in V-shaped vent, secured with two cotton tapes, ribbon loop at back of skirt for hanging, lined throughout in buff cloth, hem edged in stronger bias binding, skirt made with six seams. Length 118cms. e) over-skirt modesty garment, probably to cover the open front vent, made in two pieces with straight sides and pointed ends, both edged with blue ribbon, the pieces overlapping near the top and sewn together, lined with stiff netting, attached to a strip of blue ribbon at the top with brown tapes to tie round the waist. Length 63.5cms.
X.2549CostumeNO PROVENANCEGentleman's three-quarter length coat of black woollen cloth: single breasted fastening with three buttons, sleeves with vented cuffs fastened with two small buttons, triangular lapels and small pointed collar, buttonhole in left lapel; two buttons on the back of the waist; lining of black cotton, sleeves lined in white cotton cloth with purple and black stripes; one inside pocket on the right, two the on left, two on the tail on the reinforcing seams. Length 102cms.
X.2550CostumeNO PROVENANCEGentleman's waistcoat of black woollen cloth: lined with off-white cotton cloth with vertical stripes; open oval neckline with rounded lapels, the lapels lined with black satin; fastens with four metal buttons covered in black cloth; between the second and third buttonhole is a further vertical buttonhole for the watch chain; two pockets on the left and one on the right; the back made of black satin, with short metal-buckled cloth belt at the lower back. Length 55cms.
X.2551ChildhoodNO PROVENANCECostume doll of a fisher girl: consisting of a wooden frame with pottery face, hands and leg (one leg missing); she carries a fishing net on a pole and a wicker basket (made of pottery) with a cockle shell in it, strung on a piece of string across her body and over her shoulder; she has painted-on black hair, a cream lace-edged cotton bonnet, two brown beads for ear-rings on one side only, white linen underpants, black and white vertical striped skirt, tan long sleeves with scarf around her neck with seaweed design, a brown apron and a dark brown tunic made of wool with two white buttons. Ht. 28cms.
X.2552CostumeNO PROVENANCELady's parasol: off-white cotton on metal framework, with eight spokes with rounded ends; the handle of white-painted wood with a gold-painted knob on the end decorated with raised squares, with string and white pompom; push-button mechanism to raise and lower the parasol; when closed the canopy is secured by a cloth tape and metal hoop over a round metal button. Length 90cm.
X.2553CostumeNO PROVENANCELady's parasol: of black satin with a rose design, the hem edged with black lace; eight metal spokes attached to a push-button mechanism for opening and closing, the handle of black-lacquered wood, shaped at the bottom into an animal's horn decorated with a trailing leaf design, of horn or wood. Length 875mm.
X.2554CostumeNO PROVENANCESmall parasol, possibly for a young girl: of brown satin decorated with black lace on each of the eight sections, the inside lined with cream satin; the spokes protrude from the edge, showing bone or ivory, and a bone or ivory spike protrudes from the top; the handle of cane with a turned end, and a metal push-button action for opening and closing. Length 74cm.
X.2555CostumeNO PROVENANCELady's parasol of blue silk decorated with a gold thread edge and leaf design; eight metal spokes with rounded ends; the handle of green-lacquered wood with a turned decorated end; cloth and metal ring to fasten the canopy closed, with metal push-button mechanism for opening it; blue ribbon bow attached to handle. Length 375mm.
X.2556CostumeNO PROVENANCECocked hat, perhaps worn by a Lord Lieutenant or High Sheriff: black cocked hat with brocade ribbons on the right side, two of them black and the central one embroidered in high relief with gold thread and with a metal button at the bottom showing a crown in a laurel leaf; there are decorations of gold and purple thread in the front and back points of the hat. Inside is a lining of red silk and a hat band of buff leather. Length 445mm.
X.2557MilitaryHuntingdonshireST IVESHelmet, as worn during the Boer War: outside of grey cloth, with a narrow band of the same material running round it, with two brass air holes on the side; on the top is a four-pointed metal decoration, again with air vents; on the front a metal badge with a crown and "20 ARTISTS", also "CVM MARTE MINERVA"; inside is a lining of beige cotton and a leather band, with label: "HOBSON & SONS, ARMY, VOLUNTEER, RAILWAY & POLICE CLOTHING CONTRACTORS, Helmet, Cap & Accoutrement Makers. 1, 3, & 5, Lexington Street, HAYMARKET, LONDON, W. Name GROVE. 21". Also written in ink: "4445 Pte R.I. Grove, E Company". Ht. 22cms.
X.2558MedicalNO PROVENANCEA syringe in a wooden case: an oval-sectioned bottle of brown-painted metal with two brass screw caps at the top, one of them with a bone knob to work the pump action; at the bottom of the bottle is a screw fitting to which the pump arm can be connected; there is a metal plate on the side with the name "Maw & Son Aldersgate St London". The pump arm has two metal tubes, with a socket at one end to fit onto the bottle and a screw attachment at the other to fit one of two metal syringing pieces, one larger than the other, shaped to fit into ears, rectum or vagina - the larger with a slight curve to it. All parts fit into a velvet-lined mahogany case with brass lock. The case 265 x 125 x 70mm.
X.2559MedicalHuntingdonshireST IVESA pharmacist's bone syringe: a hollow cylinder with tapered nozzle, the plunger of wood or cork, wrapped in cotton thread to give a tight fit and with a bone rod as the handle - the top snapped off; the top of the syringe cylinder unscrews in order to fill it. The whole thing a remarkably well made and precise piece of bone work. Length 125mm.
X.2560MedicalNO PROVENANCEA box of homeopathic medicines: a rectangular box covered in black leather, printed in gold inside the lid ""J.C. Pottage, Homeopathic Chemist 117 Prince's Street Edinburgh and 134 Buchanan St Glasgow"; containing six empty glass phials with cork stoppers, with paper labels printed with Pottage's name and address (one of the six by another chemist in Glasgow) and their one-time contents: Aconitum Napellus; 3 Belladonna; Nux Vomica; Colocynthis; Bryoma; Rhus Toxicodendron. The box 8 x 10cms.
X.2561MedicalNO PROVENANCEA leather roll containing dental instruments: brown leather lined with velvet and with leather loops to hold seven instruments: two handles of bone or ivory with square holes in the middle to insert dental elevators; three elevators, with square tangs at one end to fit into the handles and jaws at the other end closed by screws; and two other instruments, clearly dental but their exact purpose mercifully unclear; the roll is 17cm wide when closed.
X.2562MedicalNO PROVENANCEA small leather case containing three lancing scalpels: the case is oblong with a lid that comes off to reveal spaces inside for four scalpels, three of them filled with scalpels of different sizes, with tortoiseshell guards on either side of the blades, pivoted through a pin at the base of the blades. Case 72 x 27mm.
X.2563MedicalNO PROVENANCEA Potain's Aspirator in a wooden case: the case has a brass plate on the lid engraved "W.R. Grove Jan. 13th 93" and engraved white plates inside: "Down Bros. Makers" and "Opposite Guy's Hospital". In the case are seven trocars and cannulae, a syringe, a tap, a two-way tap and stopper, all of polished white metal; and a bundle of wire pull-throughs. Box 292 x 144mm.
X.2564CostumeHuntingdonshireST IVESCap of white cloth, with a band of broderie anglaise running round it, gathered to a frill all round the edge, and two bands of cloth hanging down from the corner to tie under the chin. Total length 58cms.
X.2565MedicalNO PROVENANCEA wooden case containing equipment to administer mercury: rectangular box of red mahogany containing: a mahogany tray with concave internal sides and one corner covered, with a hole in the covering ?to insert a syringe; a turned wooden bottle still full of mercury [!!!], closed with a wooden stopper and with a pouring funnel of ivory over it; a metal and glass protective cover, shaped like the roof of a house, to fit over the wooden tray. Outer case is 25 x 11 x 12.5cms.
X.2566MedicalNO PROVENANCEA General Practioner's medical set: a rectangular wooden box lined with red velvet, the lid with "Y.D. S142" carved on it, containing: a trephine, with separate wooden handle; a small handsaw; two pairs of forceps, one of them sprung; a triangular lump of sponge; a cauterising blade on the end of a piece of wire, with a spare piece of wire; a needle in a metal case; a reel of suturing thread; a wooden-handled knife, the blade broken, engraved "Stodart"; a wooden-handled instrument with a curved, ribbed tip; a ring-handled point, with a brass guard fitted over the point with a screw thread; in a separate lidded compartment, a sharp point with ivory handle, cork over the point. The case is 33.5 x 21 x 5.5cms.
X.2567BusinessesNO PROVENANCEA set of scales, probably for weighing precious stones: an eight-sided box of ?walnut with brass fittings, containing compartments for the scales and a lidded box for the weights; the scales have a balance arm with central hanger and indicating needle all of white metal, with two brass pans hung on green cords; the weights are flat rectangles of brass sheet engraved "100", "64", "32", "16", "8", "4" (3 is missing), "2" and "1", with "¼" and "1/8" beneath the "16". Printed label inside the lid reads "Tim Roberts and Son in Bartholomew Lane near the Royal Exchange London Maketh & Selleth all sorts of Scales, Weights and Steelyards". There is a strange little metal scoop on one end of the box - purpose? Box 165 x 80mm.
X.2567 (contd.)Businesses
X.2568DomesticNO PROVENANCEDick Turpin's knife and fork! A leather case containing a small knife and fork of white metal - presumably meant to be portable: case of black leather, now in poor condition but with stamped decoration in places, holes at the top allow the insertion of the knife and fork; they each have a tapering handle of hollow metal, the knife with a flat blade corroded at the end, the fork originally two-pronged but with one broken off; both have stamps that look like hallmarks - but the metal doesn't seem to be silver or pewter. Lengths: case 145mm, knife 140mm, fork 120mm.
X.2569MedicalHuntingdonshireST IVESA case of instruments for small amputations: rectangular wooden box with brass fittings, lined with green velvet, containing: scissors; a hollow probe; two knife blades and two scalpels (one with the handle broken); a chisel blade; a pair of forceps; a sharp probe with a needle eye. Some of the instruments are marked "Stevens". Case 235 x 65 x 40mm.
X.2570BottlesHuntingdonshireST IVESBeer bottle by J. Wadsworth of St Ives: of dark green glass now opaque, mould-blown with cylindrical body, mouth added with screw thread for stopper; moulded in relief with "J. Wadsworth St Ives" and the firm's monogram. Moulded in relief on the base "A" and "5". Ht. 205mm.
X.2571MedicalNO PROVENANCEInstruments used for trepanning (opening the skull): three drill bits, two of them cylindrical with central spike for cutting out a disc in the skull, the third just a diamond-shaped blade; a T-shaped handle to fit onto the drill bits; a pair of pliers with oddly-shaped ends, presumably for pulling out bits of bone; and a wooden-handle instrument with complicated end - something like a tin opener perhaps? Drill bit lengths 81, 76 & 70mm; drill handle 180mm wide; pliers 146mm long; other instrument 161mm.
X.2572MedicalHuntingdonshireALCONBURYPocket medicine case: a wooden box covered in red leather with a metal plaque on the lid engraved "R.M. RUTHILL", and lined with beige suede, with three compartments holding: two rectangular bottles of clear glass, each with a metal cap over a glass stopper, the smaller bottle is empty, the larger contains ?iodine; suture thread wound round a piece of card; a large steel pin; a glass measuring phial marked "Drops" and "10-60". Box 140 x 70 x 35mm.
X.2573MedicalHuntingdonshireALCONBURYWooden monaural stethoscope: turned in polished wood with expanded ends, one end being concave and the other flat. Length 176mm.
X.2574MedicalHuntingdonshireALCONBURYA pump-action syringe in a case: a wooden case with brass fittings lined in burgundy velvet (faded to beige in places) with compartments, containing: a brass tubular syringe, in two sections with a ball valve at the top and a white metal base at the bottom; a rubber tube covered with red cloth connects to one side of the upper section of the syringe, the other end of the tube having a brass fitting that connects with one of three white metal syringing pieces; these are in three sizes, for ear, vagina or rectum. The syringe has on a brass plate the name "Ferguson 21 Giltspur St London". Case 255 x 115 x 45mm.
X.2575SkatingTwo bone skates: longbones with holes drilled through the front from side to side and another hole drilled into the marrow at the heel end; the bottoms worn smooth by sliding over the ice. Length 220mm.
X.2576SkatingPair of Dutch skates, late 17th or early 18th century: steel blades attached to wooden foot-stocks, the blades curl upwards and back on themselves at the front; the foot-stocks have a device with three small spikes at the heel (for screwing the blade to the foot-stock as well as giving purchase to the skater's heel) and two nails driven up through the foot-stock near the front; a combination of straps and thin rope through two holes in the foot-stock for the fastenings. Length 415mm.
X.2577SkatingFen skate, 18th century: steel blade with curved prow, wooden foot-stock with heel screw and three spikes for attachment, four slots for straps with a three-piece leather ankle strap with two metal rings through one of them and a long leather strap through another. Length 310mm.
X.2578SkatingPair of Dutch Friesland skates, late 18th or early 19th century: slim steel blades follow the long curvature of the wooden foot-stock at the toe end and protrude slightly beyond it; the foot-stock is carved to a concave shape below; a small spiked fitting at the heel, no spikes at the front; two slots for straps, with a leather three-piece ankle strap through one and strap with a long (153cm) woven lace grey (? white) in colour with red parallel stripes through the other. Length 360mm..
X.2579SkatingPair of Dutch Friesland skates, early 19th century: steel blades following the curvature of the foot-stock and protruding slightly beyond them; manufactuer's skate logo and initials "H M" engraved on both blades; the foot-stock is concave below with large heel screw and three spikes near the front, five slots for straps. Length 330mm.
X.2580SkatingPair of Fen skates made by Marsden Brothers; blades with curved prows, attached to wooden foot-stocks by means of the heel screws and a metal peg driven through each foot-stock from side to side near the front; the blades engraved "MARSDEN BROTHERS BRIDGE ST WORKS SHEFFIELD" on one side and "SKATE MANUFACTURERS BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO HER MAJESTY & THE ROYAL FAMILY" on the other; as well as the heel screws there are three spikes near the front of each footstock and three slots for straps. Length 280mm.
X.2581SkatingIcelandic skate: foot-stock made of driftwood (due to lack of trees in Iceland), with only one slot for a short leather strap, two other hollows probably from the wood's previous use; pitted blade has short prow with curl at the top and is crudely pinned to the foot-stock. The letter H is crudely cut into the top and one side of the foot-stock. Length 270mm.
X.2582SkatingCanadian "Long Reach" skate: long blade extending beyond the foot-stock at both ends, with a slight prow; the foot-stock is narrow, has curved top as though for a shoe rather than a boot and has four slots for straps; it is stamped "C.G.TEBBUTT" in two places; large heel screw; no spikes. Length 405mm.
X.2583SkatingNorwegian all-metal racing skate, c.1880: very thin blade with curved and expanded prow, the prow engraved on one side: "A. STOREN. KRISTIANIA"; tubular metal body with heel and toe plates above, four drilled holes in the heel plate and six in the toe plate for boots to be riveted on.. Length 370mm.
X.2584SkatingPair of long racing skates, with long blades fitted to traditional short foot-stocks: the blades extend beyond both ends of the foot-stocks and have slightly raised prows; the blades are engraved on one side: "MARSDEN BROTHERS SKATE MANUFACTURERS BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT TO HER MAJESTY & THE ROYAL FAMILY SHEFFIELD", also a greyhound under which is: "CORPORATE MARK" and a barrel with a flag and "SR" (for "Standard Racing"); the wooden foot-stocks have heel screws (cut off) and two spikes each, three slots for straps, and brass Bury Fen holdfasts at the heel and side; "CGT" carved into the top of the foot-stocks. Length 430mm.
X.2585SkatingPair of Dutch racing skates, c.1890: long blades extending beyond the foot-stock at both ends, prow with expansion at the front; the blades engraved with a skate logo and initials: "H M"; the same symbol is stamped on the top of the foot-stocks, also "L" and "R" for left and right; the blades are fastened on with flush screws at the heel and transverse metal pegs through the front of the foot-stocks; there are two spikes and the end of a screw on the top of the foot-stock, near the front, and traces of three more spikes at the heel; slots for two straps with straps still attached, including the long front strap usual in Dutch skates. Length 370mm.
X.2586SkatingPair of Dutch racing skates by Vickers Salis, c.1890: long blades with low prows, the blades and foot-stocks about the same length and both extending beyond the skater's heel and toe; the blades engraved with a skate and "A.H & Co."; the same symbol is stamped on the foot-stocks, plus a "L" or "R" and the number "13" (size); the foot-stocks are of polished beech, carved with steps for the heel and decorative curls above the front of the blades; three slots for straps with broad buckled straps in them, two spikes near the fronts of the feet and steel brackets like Bury Fen holdfasts at the heels and sides. Length 390mm.
X.2587SkatingPair of Fen skates with the blades ground to a sharp edge: the blades have low prows - one wider than the other - and are engraved:: "COLQUHOUN & CADMAN SHEFFIELD 'GO-AHEAD'", also a scroll with letters "C&C" and a barrel and flag with "SR"; the wooden foot-stocks have the heel screws cut off, two spikes near the front, and Bury Fen Holdfasts at the heels and sides; one is engraved "C G T "; three slots for straps. Length 340mm.
X.2588SkatingPair of "Traveller" all-metal skates: blade with prow fitted into a metal body, with an adjustable piece for the heel fitted with a wing-nut and screw to make it fit different sizes of shoe; two spikes towards the front, slots for three straps and straps in two of them; "TRAVELLER" is cast under the body. Length 330mm.
X.2589SkatingPair of lady's skates; short blades with very little prow; foot-stock with three slots for straps, heel screw and two spikes; rows of circular dents near the front, ?from using nailed boots. Length 240mm.
X.2590SkatingPair of Swedish lady's skates, elaborately decorated: the blades have high prows with an expansion at the end and pillars running up to the foot-stock, making the skates quite high; foot-stocks of polished wood with heel screws and elegant brass flange round the heel, decorated straps at the back (through a slot in the foot stock), lined with scalloped red felt which also covers the top of the foot-stock; at the front are two leather flaps, lined in the same material, with lace-holes so that they can be laced together over the skater's boot; stamped under the foot-stocks: "B & G LIBERG 17 ". Length 275mm.
X.2591SkatingCanadian snow skate: a boat-shaped metal sole with seven ridges and grooves along its length, rounded toe end and open straight rim at the heel; brass flange at the heel with a brown leather buckled heel strap, double buckled strap at toe end, heel and toe raised on rectangular red-painted plates; on the flange is stamped: "DUTTONS SHELL GROOVE SKATE, PATE APL. 15. 1862. ADDRESS W.H. DUTTON, UTICA NY". Length 265mm.
X.2592SkatingPair of all-metal "Acme" skates: thick blades with curved bottom edges, fastened by three pillars to a foot-plate, with flanges at the heel and on either side of the front of the foot, and a screw-adjusted pair of spikes that slide into the front of the skater' heel; there is also a slot for a strap towards the back of the blade itself; the foot plate is engraved "J.P.B. jr. v.7.10.77", also "29" and either "LINKS" or "RECHTS"; "Merkur" engraved on the blade. Length 320mm.
X.2593SkatingPair of Norwegian racing skates, the classic all-metal design of about 1890: long thin blades with no prow fastened to tubular body from which the heel and toe plates rise on hollow pillars; heel screw and two spikes, but also drilled holes (slightly ragged and perhaps a later modification) for riveting the boots to the skate; brackets on the column of the heel plate and the underside of the toe plate for straps, also a strengthening plate from the body to the front of the toe plate; engraved on top of the toe plate is "11½" and underneath "JOH.PET. BECKER. Jr. FOREIGN MAKE". Length 440mm.
X.2594SkatingPair of Standard Hockey skates: thick blades with prow, engraved with crossed hockey sticks and ball with "SH"; foot-stocks of varnished red beech with heel screw and two spikes, slots for three straps. Length 335mm.
X.2595SkatingPair of racing skates with five detached blades; the foot-stocks are stamped "C.G. TEBBUTT" and have two sole spikes and hole for heel screw, one has screw holes for a Bury Fen Holdfast; the blades are two pairs and one odd one, all engraved with a scroll logo "C & G GO-AHEAD" and manufacturer "COLQUHOUN & CADMAN SHEFFIELD"; two different blade lengths - a pair of ordinary racing blades (long, low and thin) and the odd blade similar but with lower prow; the other pair the very long racing blades as in X.2584; one of the longer pair has cracked near the heel screw and has been repaired with a steel plate welded on each side. Foot-stocks length 270mm, blades 430mm and 345mm.
X.2596SkatingBlacksmith-made skate blade, thick with short prow, with horizontal spike for front attachment and cut-out for head of heel screw. Length 285mm.
X.2597SkatingTwo spikes, for rescuing oneself after falling through the ice: two turned wooden handles (not quite a pair) each with a 17mm long metal spike attached by a brass fitting; beneath this is a drilled hole with a cord through it, which is knotted onto a rectangular piece of leather with three pairs of metal edged eyelets; the double cord extends for a further 250mm and ends with a metal hook; the handles are stamped "PATENT". Length of handles and spikes 155mm.
X.2598SkatingA set of Bury Fen Holdfasts, made of brass: two heel stops each with five screw holes and two upright lugs to hold the heel in place, stamped underneath with a diamond shape; two toe stops with two screw holes in the horizontal arm and a vertical lug, also with the diamond stamped underneath; heel stops length 65mm, toe stops 45mm.
X.2599SkatingPair of lady's or child's skates: blades with curved bottom and hardly any prow, foot-stocks with heel screw and two sole spikes, three slots for straps, each foot-stock with "W" carved on the top. Length 250mm.
X.2600SkatingThe bone runner from a sled: a long bone, one end partly broken away, with the remains of two holes going through it from top to bottom to fasten it to the sled; the bottom of the runner worn smooth by contact with the ice. Length 300mm.
X.2601SkatingWooden plaque from the Lamb and Flag PH at Welney: carved on the front is a skate, then "William Ayres of Earith, skated and beat, John Gittam of Nordelph, Norfolk · a measured half-mile, in one Minute by a stop-watch, starting at the word of five, at Mepal, Cambs, 182 , a feat without precedent. (See "Bell's Life") Height 5 feet 9 in Weight 9 stone" with an eel glaive and the artist's "RRF" monogram at bottom right; on the back is a head-and-shoulders profile portrait of Ayres, with "Born March 7, 1798, at Earith, Hunts." On the top edge is "Maria Wiles", left edge "Lamb and Flag", right edge "Welney" and bottom edge "Richard, Ramsay, Fielder Squlpsit [sic] · Nov: 1867". 260 x 310mm.
X.2602Norman CrossBox lid with straw marquetry decoration: on the upper side, borders of foliage in green and gold surrounding an empty rectangle, lined with white paper but with the marquetry removed - or was this object never finished? On the underside the whole lid covered with a picture: between two palm trees, a man sets a dog on a goat, which waits for the attack with lowered horns. Two metal hinges along one long edge, a flange on the other long edge shows which way up the lid must have been. 322 x 182mm.
X.2603Norman CrossBox decorated with straw marquetry: square, with hinged lid with sloping sides and a mirror inside it; below it are 11 compartments: two have lids with bits of ribbon to lift them by, two have pieces of coarse ribbon attached in one corner (purpose unknown) and two have bone cotton reels mounted in them horizontally; below these compartments is a floor, originally fixed beneath them but now fallen onto the drawer below; the drawer has a decorated bone knob, as does the box lid and the outer ends of the two cotton reels; there is also a diamond-shaped lock plate over a lock that originally closed the lid. Straw marquetry decoration on every part of the box (except under the base), small geometric patterns: the straw inside the lid is still colourful and shiny, the rest has faded to brown. 245 x 245mm x 137mm high.
X.2603 (contd.)Norman Cross
X.2604Norman CrossBox decorated with straw marquetry: rectangular box with hinged lid resting over a flange round the box rim; the bottom divided into three compartments; small metal hinges, a small lock with keyhole in the front and a turned bone handle on the front of the lid; straw marquetry decoration throughout - geometric patterns on the bottom and inside, scrolls of foliage round the sides, inside the lid a hexagonal picture of a castle by a lake with human figures, a similar scene but less well preserved on the top of the lid. 215 x 305mm x 125mm high.
X.2605Norman CrossPair of tea caddies decorated with straw marquetry: rectangular tin boxes with cylindrical lids, the bases covered with decorated paper (wallpaper presumably) with printed patterns in green and red, the sides and tops with straw marquetry; on both, the wider sides have flower patterns around heart-shaped panels containing printed scenes behind a transparent covering; the narrow ends have geometric straw marquetry on one, on the other more prints behind transparent coverings (rather obscured, but seem to show someone riding a horse on one end and someone mounted on a cow on the other!); the tops with printed patterns behind transparent coverings meeting in diagonals, the lids with geometric decoration round the sides and flowers on the top. 110 x 60mm x 145mm high, 110 x 60mm x 150mm high.
X.2606Norman CrossA lidded oval box of straw marquetry: the carcass of paper, blue paper on the bottom and printed paper (presumably wallpaper) with decoration in red and green inside the rest of the box; geometric designs in straw marquetry round the sides of the box and lid; on the box top is a border of straw marquetry flowers surrounding an oval panel of thick transparent material in which are embedded two human figures, moulded or carved in relief, on a background of red and gold metal foil; the figures are slightly obscured but both seem to be in military uniforms. Length 130mm, ht. 55mm.
X.2607Norman CrossA small cylindrical box of straw marquetry: the carcass of paper or cardboard, with geometric patterns in straw marquetry inside the base and sides and on the outer sides, with a flange of paper left bare for the lid to fit onto; the top of the lid is glass. Ht. 80mm, diam. 75mm.
X.2608Norman CrossA tea caddy with quilled decoration: a hexagonal wooden box with quilled decoration, some of it applied over a background of coloured metal foil; plant patterns or circular panels in the middle of each side and the lid; the quilling dirty and in some places missing; with silvered hinges, lock, and ?ivory panel round the key hole, inlaid wood decoration round the outside of the framework. Length 180mm, ht. 130mm.
X.2609LaceDown made of vellum, with cloth eche attached at one end; Bedfordshire design has a straight footing and a heading of four parallel lines that are scalloped, with a lozenge shape between them. Length 365mm, eche 175mm, width 45mm.
X.2610LaceDown made of vellum, with cloth eche attached at one end; Bedfordshire design: a straight footing, a scalloped continuous gimp line, with four dots making a square in between, and a heading of nine-point edging. Length 360mm, eche 135mm, width 35mm.
X.2611LaceDown made of vellum, no eches; Bedfordshire design: a straight footing, a scalloped gimp line with a circle of dots in between, inked in are radial connecting bars and a heading of petal-like nine-point edging. Length 370mm, width 45mm.
X.2612LaceDown made of vellum, with two pairs of strings attached at one end; Bedfordshire design: a straight footing, a nine-point scalloped heading and a five-dot circle in between, inked in are radial connecting bars. Length 345mm, width 40mm.
X.2613LaceDown made of vellum, with cloth eche at one end; Torchon design has a straight footing, heading has a fan edge, inked on is a netting pattern for woven diamonds alternate with diamonds with a vein of twisted thread centrally; also a row of spiders. Length 370mm, eche 100mm, width 35mm..
X.2614LaceDown made of vellum, insertion with cloth eche at one end; Bedfordshire design has a straight footing, and a Cluny scalloped heading. Length 350mm, eche 85mm, width 20mm.
X.2615LaceDown made of vellum, with cloth eche at both ends; Bedfordshire design has a straight footing, heading has a petal-like nine-point edge with a daisy pattern in between, inked in are radial connecting bars. Length 360mm, eche 150mm, width 55mm.
X.2616LaceDown made of vellum, no eches; Torchon design has a straight footing, fan edge on heading; dots are inked in where raised woven tallies also known as plaits were to be worked. Length 375mm, width 60mm.
X.2617LaceDown made of vellum, with cloth eche at one end; Bedfordshire design has a straight footing, with petal-like scalloped heading, in between complicated pattern of parallel rows of circles with inked in connecting bars and flower petals. Length 360mm, eche 235mm, width 60mm.
X.2618LaceDown made of vellum, with brown cloth eche at one end; Bedfordshire design for an insertion, with two straight edges, in between is a repeated small lozenge pattern within a woven figure of eight thread, with inked in connecting lines. Length 360mm, eche 155mm, width 30mm.
X.2619LaceDown made of vellum, with cloth eche at both ends; Torchon design for an insertion, with two straight edges, in between is a repeated diamond pattern with alternate ones containing five dots for raised tallies,and a woven diamond, gimp line of diamond is inked in. Length 360mm, eche 95mm & 160mm, width 25mm.
X.2620LaceDown made of vellum for a collar or a cuff, no eche; Bedfordshire design has a straight footing, curved to fit neck or wrist, scalloped nine-point heading, in between is a repeated wheatear pattern alternated with an oval design, inked in are connecting bars and the ground network. Length 455mm, width 160mm.
X.2621LaceCollection of loose beads for bobbin spangles, various shapes and colours.
X.2622LaceA pair of plain bobbins of light coloured wood, spangles consisting of three buttons with brass surrounds and mother of pearl centres. Length 112mm.
X.2623LaceThirteen "Old Maids" (thin and plain!); plain wooden bobbins, carved not turned, with no decoration on the shanks, all except one with bead spangles of various designs. Length (without spangles) about 95-105mm.
X.2624LaceA pair of wooden turned bobbins, dyed crimson (one with no spangle). Length 105mm.
X.2625LaceSix "trollies" or "trailers": turned wooden bobbins, more bulbous than the usual ones, stronger to hold gimp thread and with loose pewter rings around the shanks (called "gingles"); designed not to have spangles. Lengths 83-93mm.
X.2626LaceTwenty-one "thumpers": turned wooden bobbins with bulbous bodies; seven with no spangles, the others all have similar spangles mostly consisting of green cylindrical beads with some pink ones and a white or clear "Venetian" at the bottom. Lengths all about 95mm.
X.2627LaceTwo "thumpers": turned dark wood, bulbous heavy bobbins to carry heavy thread, no hole for spangle. Lengths 102mm & 103mm.
X.2628LaceA "thumper": a turned wooden, slightly bulbous bobbin, hole for spangle incompletely bored. Length 89mm.
X.2629LaceA "thumper": a turned bobbin of polished ebony with small bulbous end, probably foreign, no hole for spangle. Length 81mm.
X.2630LaceA curiously shaped bobbin made of cardboard and straw strips, hollow and with a funnel shape at the end, printed inside "Patentirt". Length 115mm.
X.2631LaceTwo bound bobbins, turned wood with brass wire wound round, sunk into grooves in the wood - beautifully made and with spangles of very decorative glass beads. Lengths (without spangles) 81& 93mm.
X.2632LaceBound bobbin with the wire removed, but the grooves for it still present; dark turned wood with spangle of glass beads: clear, dark and light blue, and a pink and orange Venetian at the bottom. Length (without spangle) 92mm.
X.2633LaceTwo "Bedfordshire Leopards" of wood, the bodies of the bobbins irregularly shaped (curved and perhaps a bit warped) - the bobbins seem to have been carved rather than turned on a lathe; pewter spots inserted in the bodies, no spangles. Lengths 107mm.
X.2634LaceSeven "Bedfordshire Leopards" of turned wood with pewter spots; various shapes and sizes, five with no spangles, one with a "bird-cage" spangle (a black spherical bead bound round with brass wire threaded with tiny beads of grey and white), one with a spangle of seven glass beads. Lengths (without spangles) 82-98mm.
X.2635LaceFive "Bedfordshire tigers" of turned wood inlaid with bands of pewter, various shapes and colours, all with spangles with one larger Venetian bead at the bottom of the group of square and round beads held on a wire hoop. The six colours of the Venetians are: amber, pale blue, white and red, opaque with red and green, and purple with black markings. Lengths (without spangles) 92-110mm.
X.2636LaceThree Butterfly bobbins of turned wood; dark wood, one has pewter spots and near bottom of the shank a wing-like pewter pattern, its nine bead spangle has two transparent square glass beads, four pink and an opaque and pink Venetian; the second has two butterfly patterns on its shank and a seven beaded spangle - two transparent, four square pink and clear glass beads and a white Venetian; the third has same beads except Venetian is opaque with clear marbling.
X.2637LaceOne Bitted bobbin; turned dark wood inlaid with tongues of lighter coloured wood, thread attached, with bird-cage spangle made up of small blue beads on wires surrounding a larger opaque glass bead with red and black marbling design.
X.2638LaceTwo Mother-in-Babe bobbins: thick bobbins of turned wood, one has two holes in the shaft each with four oval openings to view the "babes", which are openwork brass balls; no hole for spangle; the other has three holes with the babes tiny bobbins of light coloured wood; spangle hole but no spangle.
X.2639Lace22 bobbins of light-coloured turned wood; all except two with spangles, the end beyond the hole for the spangle is bullet-shaped, numerous grooves round the shaft. Length (without spangles) 102-110mm.
X.2640LaceFour bobbins of smooth polished wood, largely plain and undecorated; one without spangle. Length (without spangles) 99-104mm.
X.2641LaceNine bobbins of turned wood, decorated with spiral grooves over much of their length; eight have five-beaded spangles and one has four black beads. Length (without spangles) 90-108mm.
X.2642LaceFive bobbins of turned wood with double-waisted shafts and decorated with spiral grooves; two without spangles; two with five glass beads each; and one with seven, the Venetian being green with a white swirl. Length (without spangle) 103-107mm.
X.2643LaceNine bobbins of turned dark wood, slim and with a variety of decoration; three without spangles, the others with various different beads. Length (without spangles) 88-97mm.
X.2644Lace16 bobbins of turned wood, with various designs of grooves; nine with spangles, seven without. Length (without spangles) 81-98mm.
X.2645LaceFour bobbins of turned light-coloured wood: all of the same simple design, with plain, straight shanks decorated with a spiral groove; two with spangles, two without. Length (without spangles) 106-8mm.
X.2646Lace16 bobbins of turned wood: similar to X.2645, with straight shanks decorated with a spiral groove, but with a greater variety of sizes and styles; one with spangle missing, the remainder all have one decorative Venetian glass bead of various colours and a variety of other beads. Length (without spangles) 98-119mm.
X.2647LaceA bobbin of turned dark wood, plain shank with spiral grooves, thicker and slightly coarser than usual, no spangle. Length 114mm.
X.2648Lace20 bobbins of dark turned wood; various shaft designs but all with grooved decoration, nine have spangles the rest without. Length (without spangles) 83-108mm.
X.2649LaceSeven bobbins of light-coloured turned wood: plain, straight shanks decorated with parallel (rather than spiral) grooves, a zone of continuous decoration at the top of the shank, then spaced pairs of grooves lower down; two have spangles with large glass Venetians, one amber the other green. Length (without spangles) 94-103mm.
X.2650LaceNine bobbins of turned wood: plain, straight shanks with spiral grooves, no spangles. Length 91-113mm.
X.2651Lace26 bobbins of turned wood: plain, straight shanks with spiral grooves, spangles of various colour beads. Length (without spangles) 94-117mm.
X.2652Lace22 bobbins of turned wood: plain, straight shanks with spiral or parallel grooves, all worn smooth in the middle by the lacemakers' fingers, with spangles of various colour beads. Length (without spangles) 87-116mm.
X.2653LaceEight bobbins of turned wood: plain, straight shanks with spiral or parallel grooves, all worn smooth in the middle by the lacemakers' fingers, with no spangles. Length 95-109mm.
X.2654LaceEleven bobbins of turned wood, various shapes of shaft with swellings and waists, decorated with parallel or spiral grooves although three have only one pair of parallel grooves each and one has no grooves at all; eight have spangles attached, three not, two of which are slightly thicker and have no hole for spangle wire. Length (without spangles) 90-114mm.
X.2655LaceSeven broken or damaged bobbins of turned wood, with decoration of spiral or parallel grooves, necks broken off or broken at the bottom across the spangle holes; one with spangle of square glass beads. Length (without spangle) 72-100mm.
X.2656LaceA bobbin of turned wood, thicker and better made than usual, with straight shank decorated with parallel grooves; spangle of six glass beads, clear or blue, also more regular and better made than usual. Length (without spangle) 110mm.
X.2657LaceA bobbin of turned dark wood (?walnut), better made than usual with elaborate turning of swellings, waists and grooves; spangle of five glass beads of various shapes, sizes and colours. Length (without spangle) 92mm.
X.2658LaceA bobbin of turned dark wood, plain straight shank with spiral groove worn smooth in the middle by the lacemaker's fingers; an unusual feature is that three notches have been cut into the shank, with oblique cuts on the upper side and right-angled cuts on the lower - purpose? No spangle. Length 98mm.
X.2659LaceA Mother-in-Babe bobbin of turned bone, with one compartment with tiny bone baby bobbin inside, windows in two sides; red stripes painted round it in several places; spangle of nine glass square cut beads - two dark blue, two dark pink, two light pink, two transparent and the opaque Venetian has a swirl of red and blue on it. Length (without spangle) 100mm.
X.2660LaceA Mother-in-babe bobbin of turned bone, grooved, with four rectangular apertures with a baby bobbin inside, painted with red and blue dots between the apertures, above and below are red and blue bands and yellow zones; no spangle. Length 99mm.
X.2661LaceA Mother-in-babe bobbin of turned bone, grooved, small aperture with miniature bobbin within, shaft marked "RUTH" in red, alongside is a row of red and blue dots, at either end shaft has red bands and yellow zones, nine-bead spangle has opaque Venetian with orange and green marbling. Length (without spangle) 92mm.
X.2662LaceA Mother-in-babe bobbin of turned bone, grooved, with two pairs of different-sized apertures with small bobbin within, and two pewter rings further down the shaft; traces of red dye over much of the bobbin; spangle has four clear square beads, three pink and a large purple Venetian. Length (without spangle) 100mm.
X.2663LaceA wire-bound bobbin of turned bone, with brass wire wound in wide zones at top and bottom of the shaft and running in a spiral from one zone to the other; a row of red and black ?paint dots inlaid in drilled holes between the spiral; the whole bobbin attractive and beautifully made; spangle has two turquoise and two amber beads, the Venetian is opaque with red, white and black design. Length (without spangle) 82mm.
X.2664LaceA wire-bound bobbin of turned bone, dyed green, the whole shaft bound in brass wire except for a small grooved zone at top and bottom; spangle two small blue beads and two square pink ones, with large round, black Venetian. Length (without spangle) 90mm.
X.2665LaceA wire-bound bobbin of turned bone, bound with brass wire for about half the length of the shaft, with unbound zones above and below, each zone including four grooves painted red; no spangle. Length 88mm.
X.2666LaceA wire-bound bobbin of turned bone, brass wire wound in a spiral along the shaft with three bands of close wiring between, no spangle. Length 85mm.
X.2667LaceA wire-bound bobbin of turned bone, brass wire wound in a spiral along the shaft with three bands of close winding between; spangle has two small blue beads, one square yellow, one yellow with white marbling and a larger yellow Venetian. Length (without spangle) 84mm.
X.2668LaceA wire-bound bobbin of turned bone, with brass wire wound in a spiral along the shaft, bound closely at top and bottom with a wider spiral between, the wide spiral laid over two bands of metal foil, one red and the other yellow; at top and bottom are red-painted grooves and black dots; spangle has one blue and three clear square beads, two tiny red beads and the Venetian is opaque with a butterfly design in red. Length (without spangle) 92mm.
X.2669LaceThis number vacant
X.2670LaceA Butterfly bobbin of turned bone, thick, plain shaft with four pewter bands at the bottom, two of them to butterfly design, and the groove for another plain band now missing; spangle has four clear and four pink square glass beads and a large black Venetian. Length (without spangle) 110mm.
X.2671LaceA Butterfly bobbin of turned bone, grooved with five pewter bands near the bottom of the shaft, the middle band to butterfly design; spangle has two clear square beads and two round amber ones, with a large clear Venetian with tiny bubbles in the glass. Length (without spangle) 105mm.
X.2672LaceA Tiger bobbin of turned bone, grooved, with three tiger stripes (pewter bands) towards the bottom of the shaft, the bottom one broken and mostly missing; spangle has one amber, two clear and two pink square glass beads and one round amber bead and a large turquoise Venetian. Length (without spangle) 95mm.
X.2673LaceA Tiger bobbin of turned bone, grooved, with 11 pewter bands towards the bottom of the shaft and with the empty groove for another band now missing; spangle has two pink and two clear square beads, two turquoise round ones and a large Venetian bead also in turquoise. Length (without spangle) 105mm.
X.2674LaceAn inscribed bobbin of turned bone, with "JESUS" written on it twice, in capital letters made of red or blue dots that spiral around the plain shaft, with two parallel grooves at top and bottom showing some red colouring; spangle has two clear and three pink square glass beads, two round blue beads and a large brown Venetian probably made of wood or a seed. Length (without spangle) 104mm.
X.2675LaceAn inscribed bobbin of turned bone, marked "JANE" in red and gold dots along one side of the slim shaft and with red and black diagonal slashes on the other; grooves at top and bottom, including two wider grooves painted red; spangle has two beads only, one blue and a slightly larger amber one. Length (without spangle) 92mm.
X.2676LaceAn inscribed bobbin of turned bone, marked "AMILY" in red or black dots that spiral along the thick, plain shaft; grooves at top and bottom; spangle has two clear beads, two pink square ones and two amber round ones, with large green Venetian. Length (without spangle) 104mm.
X.2677LaceAn inscribed bobbin of turned bone, marked "BETSY" in red and gold dots on one side of the thick, plain shaft and with a row of large red and gold dots on the other; grooves top and bottom, some of which have traces of red remaining in them; spangle has four clear and two pink square glass beads. Length (without spangle) 97mm.
X.2678LaceAn inscribed bobbin of turned bone, marked "SALLY" in small red dots on one side of the slim, plain shaft and with a row of large red and black dots the on other; grooves at top and bottom, one painted red, and with traces of green dye over the whole bobbin; no spangle. Length 88mm.
X.2679LaceAn inscribed bobbin of turned bone, marked "HANNAH" in small red dots on one side of the shaft and with a row of large red and black dots on the other; grooves at top and bottom, some of them painted red; spangle has two pink and two clear square beads and a pink and white Venetian. Length (without spangle) 102mm.
X.2680LaceAn inscribed bobbin of turned bone, marked "LEVI" in small red dots on one side of the shaft and with large dots of blue, yellow and red on the other; grooves at top and bottom, some of them painted red, yellow or green; spangle has two clear and two blue square beads and an opaque and red marbled Venetian. Length (without spangle) 97mm.
X.2681LaceAn inscribed bobbin of turned bone, marked "JAMES" in small red dots on one side of shaft and with a row of large red and black dots on the other; grooves at top and bottom, some of them painted red; spangle has two blue, two amber and one black bead. Length (without spangle) 91mm.
X.2682LaceAn inscribed bobbin of turned bone, marked "JOHN" in small red and green dots on one side of the slim shaft and with a row of large dots in red and green on the other; grooves at top and bottom, painted alternately red and green; no spangle. Length 88mm.
X.2683LaceAn inscribed bobbin of turned bone, probably marked "ELI" in black dots on one side of the shaft, with a random dot design on the other; grooves at top and bottom; spangle has one clear and five varying blue beads. Length (without spangle) 106mm.
X.2684LaceAn inscribed bobbin of turned bone, marked in small dots on one side of the shaft with what was probably a name, but was rubbed down too much - or has been abraded since - so that it can't now be read; and with rows of larger dots on the other side; grooves at top and bottom; spangle has a tiny light blue bead, two black and two blue ones and a large blue Venetian. Length (without spangle) 84mm.
X.2685LaceA bobbin of turned bone, grooved and with different-shaped swellings along the shaft; spangle has four square beads - two blue and two clear, two long clear beads and a large black Venetian. Length (without spangle) 90mm.
X.2686LaceSmall bobbin of turned bone, grooved and with deeper grooves dividing it into ten sections, some of the grooves with red paint in them; spangle has seven square beads - three clear, two dark blue and two turquoise. Length (without spangle) 85mm.
X.2687LaceA bobbin of turned bone, closely grooved all along the shaft except in the centre where there are three slightly wider zones; no spangle. Length 84mm.
X.2688LaceA bobbin of turned bone, dyed red, with close parallel grooves all along the shaft; spangle of five beads: two dark blue, two clear and a patterned Venetian. Length (without spangle) 82mm.
X.2689LaceA bobbin of turned bone, dyed green, with close parallel grooves all along the shaft; spangle of seven beads: two blue, two clear, two pink, and white patterned Venetian. Length (without spangle) 90mm.
X.2690LaceLace and bobbins displayed on card; a piece of Bedfordshire lace with 9-pin edging, kat stitch and woven bars; also three bone and three wooden bobbins all with spangles and decorative Venetian beads: the wooden bobbins are a grooved one, a wire-bound one and a butterfly with six pewter tiger stripes; the bone bobbins are two wire bound ones (one with dots also) and an inscribed bobbin marked "JOHN". Card covered in black velvet, 205mm x 275mm.
X.2691LaceA lace cuff, Bedfordshire design, with flowing whole stitch trail dividing it into five sections, and raised tallies in a lozenge-shaped pattern through the centre. Length 250mm.
X.2692LaceStrip of lace, Bedfordshire design: a narrow insertion (straight edges to sew onto a garment), made with ten bobbins, with a half stitch trail going across the centre. Length 275cm, width 10mm
X.2693LaceStrip of lace, Bedfordshire design: an insertion of flower design; pinned to it is a paper label marked "G.25 2 YDS. 1/6yd". Length 183cm, width 22mm.
X.2694LaceStrip of lace, Bucks Point design: an insertion with ground stitches in between a zig-zag - a simple design in fine thread; pinned to it is a paper label marked: "T.38 3 yds. 5/-" and on the back "Can be sold by yd. 1/3." Length 275cm, width 17mm.
X.2695LaceStrip of lace, Torchon design: an insertion with design of alternate stitched diamonds and spiders. Attached label states: "2 yards for gift stall 1/6". Length 183cm, width 19mm.
X.2696LaceStrip of lace, Torchon design: typical Torchon design with fan shaped head edge made alternately with whole stitch and half stitch, and straight foot edge. Length 145cm, width 24mm
X.2697LaceVery elaborate piece of needle lace, said to have come from the body of Catherine of Aragon: brown, with a design of flowers and trailing leaves. 500mm x 175mm.
X.2698LaceTwo pieces of Teneriffe lace: each consisting of a large circle surrounded by seven smaller circles of lace with a daisy-like flower at each centre, the lace brown in colour. Probably used as dressing-table mat or similar. Diameter 150mm.
X.2699LaceSix Teneriffe lace samples: circular, four of the same flower pattern, one of them with a smaller piece attached showing how others could be joined (to make something similar to X.2698); two other patterns of looser design with long loops depicting flower petals. Diameter 45mm.
X.2700LaceSix examples of Bucks Point lace: 1) has Bucks point ground, with honeycomb filling and picot edge; 2) has honeycomb woven diamonds, woven tallies (also called plaits), gimp outlining part of design, picot edge; 3) has woven tallies in the ground, gimp outlining individual designs; 4) has woven tallies in the ground, honeycomb filling; 5) has flowers with thicker gimp thread; 6) has a geometrical zig-zag design, four tallies in diamond shape within point ground, shows whole stitch, honeycomb, picot edge.
X.2701LaceFour examples of lace: 1) a Bedfordshire lace insertion with repeated oval design; 2) Bedfordshire lace with 9-pin edging; 3) a Bedfordshire circular mat with 9-pin edging, whole stitch trail, woven flower centre surrounded by 8 woven leaves; 4) Bucks point ground, simple edge with picot trim, gimp outline.
X.2702LaceSix skeins of thread: linen thread for lace making rolled in different ways, some with red thread knotted inside the skein; also a seventh bundle of thread in a tangle.
X.2703LaceA packet of pins: buff paper with 23 pins (one missing) pushed through folds; printed: "E. BRAGGINS & SONS (E.& A. BRAGGINS), 28-36, Silver Street, BEDFORD. Known all the World over - Beds. & Bucks. Pillow Lace. Costumes and Sports Coats. Lena Lastik Underwear. Grafton Voiles Tobralco and Tootals Pique." 115mm x 210mm, pins 25mm long.
X.2704LaceA packet of pins: brown paper holding pins in rows of 18 (two groups of nine) - at least nine rows originally, but not all the pins are still there and there may have been more as the paper is torn (?ten rows, 180 pins). Printed: "THE SOVEREIGN INIMITABLE PLATED PINS". 125mm x 340mm, pins 25mm long.
X.2705LaceA packet of pins: light brown paper with 84 pins pushed through folds, arranged in groups of six and rows of twelve; printed in green with a decorative label: "IMPERIAL SOLID HEADED PINS With Smooth Elastic Points IMPROVED ON THE ORIGINAL PATENT LONDON". 125mm x 385mm, pins 36mm long.
X.2706LaceA packet of pins: light blue paper with pins pushed through folds, arranged in groups of 15, several missing: pins are 32mm long, but also in the package are four odd pins including two of 50mm and 70mm in length; no markings on torn paper. 110mm x 225mm.
X.2707LaceA lacemaker's hour glass: held in a wooden frame consisting of a rectangular top and base with four columns between secured with screws, with central circular hollows in top and base to hold the hour glass; a cork bung in the top of the glass. Ht. 190mm.
X.2708LaceOne yard measuring rod: of dark wood, rectangular cross-section, divided into four quarters on one side with grooves. Length 915mm, sides 15 x 20mm.
X.2709LaceDown made of vellum with attached lace sample: Bedfordshire lace with a 9-pin edge on alternate patterns, whole stitch trail with leaves; the down has cloth eches at both ends. 63 x 7cms.
X.2710LaceDown made of vellum with attached lace sample: Bedfordshire lace with 9-pin edge throughout, alternate whole stitch and half-stitch, centres alternate kat and honeycomb stitch, down shows inked in lines for half-stitch trail and thicker line for woven leaf. 68 x 10cms.
X.2711LaceDown made of vellum with cloth eche at both ends: design has a straight footing, and panels that are lozenge shaped at the bottom and have curved tops. 53cms x 65mm.
X.2712LaceDown made of vellum with cloth eche at one end: design has a straight footing with circles below it, leaves below a wavy line and a scalloped footing. 47cms x 60mm.
X.2713LaceA bobbin winder: of wood, with rectangular body holding a shallow drawer; above the body is mounted a solid wheel with a turned handle to rotate it and a channel for a band or belt joining it to the horizontal socket in which the bobbin is held; a batten swings out from the body and has a vertical rod at the end on which the arms rest: two crossed pieces of wood with three holes at each end for pegs, round which the thread can be wound. In the drawer are 7 wooden bobbins: 3 thumpers with spangles of green cylindrical beads; 1 old maid; 2 with a spiral groove; 1 with spiral grooves and tapered inwards at two points on the shaft; and 5 bone bobbins: 3 with the names "JANE", "SALY" [sic] and "ALICE"; 1 butterfly with pewter bands; and 1 wire-bound and with deep diagonal channels leaving diamond shapes. Body 33cms long, wheel 22cms diam., winder arms 45cms long.
X.2713 (contd.)Lace
X.2714LaceA bobbin winder: the base is a solid rectangular piece of wood from which rise two sloping members, one holding the wheel (also solid, held on with a nail through the axle padded with two leather washers) the other the socket for the bobbin; a string joins the wheel rim to a small wheel on the bobbin socket axle. The base, wheel and support for the bobbin socket have a curious decoration consisting of triangular notches cut out along the edges. There is a hole near the edge of the base on which the arm for the winders would have pivoted, but arm and winders are missing. Base 29 x 14cms, ht to top of wheel 39cms.
X.2715LaceA bobbin winder, quite nicely made of polished and turned wood: a rectangular base with a drawer in it above which are the wheel, on a vertical support, with six holes in it and a handle to turn it; and the bobbin socket, held between two vertical supports; a cloth band joins the two; an arm with vertical pivot for the winders pivots outwards from a screw on one corner of the base. In the drawer are four bobbins, well made and of wood, no spangles; and various other bits of wood which may or may not be connected with lace making. Base 35 x 15cms, ht to top of wheel 31cms.
X.2716LaceA lace pillow horse: semi-circular top frame supported on three legs, held together with dowels, nails, wire and screws. Ht. 62cms.
X.2717LaceA lace pillow: a "square" pillow of sacking stuffed very hard, dressed with pieces of cloth of various designs including a white "drawter" covering the finished lace and a dark blue "worker" cloth under the bobbins; there is also a pincushion of the same dark blue cloth. On the pillow is a vellum pattern with a part-made piece of lace, using brass pins and 12 wooden bobbins of various designs including a Tiger and a Leopard: all but two of the bobbins have spangles. About 35cms wide and 28 cms high.
X.2718LaceA lace pillow: a "round" or "bolster" pillow of sacking stuffed very hard, dressed with patterned pieces of cloth and with a cardboard pattern fastened round it on which an insertion (straight-sided piece) of lace is being made - using pins but with only three bobbins surviving, all of them wooden and grooved. About 45cms along the long axis.
X.2719LaceA lace pillow: a "square" pillow of sacking stuffed very hard, with no cloth coverings at all so as to show the cutting and stitching of the sacking needed to make the square shape. About 38cms across, 30cms high.
X.2720Clocks & watchesNO PROVENANCE144 balance cocks for pocket watches, arranged in two frames on a purple velvet backing, 63 cocks in one frame and 81 in the other (in rows of nine, seven rows and nine rows respectively); the balance cocks are more or less circular, about 20mm in diameter, and made of brass in cut-out filigree designs, some have various shaped tabs attached to the sides and/or various components of white metal, presumably steel. Frames 480 x 585mm, 475 x 585mm.
X.2721Clocks & watchesNO PROVENANCE70 balance cocks for pocket watches: made of brass in filigree designs, mainly circular in shape, some with various appendages, others bell-shaped; all have decorative designs and screw holes for attachment. Average length about 30mm.
X.2722Clocks & watchesLondonNO PROVENANCEPocket watch movement, brass and steel with engraved face on the balance cock, engraved on the back "Willis: 1748 LONDON"; written in ink on the front plate "3/-". Diam. 36mm.
X.2723Clocks & watchesNO PROVENANCEThe back plate of a pocket watch movement, a circular brass disc with circle cut out of it from which protrudes a metal pointer; decorated with cut-out design, and engraved "SLOW FAST No.7498." Diam. 39mm.
X.2724Clocks & watchesHuntingdonshireST NEOTSPocket watch movement by James Kirby of St Neots: face has white dial with black Roman numerals, movement is brass with brass balance cock and steel balance wheel, engraved on the back with hare and snail to represent the fast and slow on the regulator, also "Jas. Kirby, ST. NEOTS" and "9263"; diam. of face 48mm.
X.2725Clocks & watchesLondonNO PROVENANCEPocket watch movement by George Flashman of London: brass with decorated back plate and balance cock, back plate engraved with a pleated-cuffed hand with pointing finger, and "Geo. Flashman No. 409 London". Diam. 49mm.
X.2726Clocks & watchesNO PROVENANCEPocket watch movement, brass with intricate engraved (?etched) decoration on back plate in feather and floral design, with balance cock steel balance wheel; front plate has scratched "2057". Diam. 51mm.
X.2727Clocks & watchesLondonNO PROVENANCEPocket watch movement by William Hodsoll of London: brass with decorated back plate and balance cock, the latter has goblin-like face and central flower; back plate engraved "539 Wm. Hodsoll, London", also with cuffed hand with finger pointing toward dial. Diam. 48mm.
X.2728Clocks & watchesLondonNO PROVENANCEPocket watch movement by B. Richards of London: white face with black numbering, brass with decorated back plate and balance cock, the back engraved "B. Richards, LONDON" and "5749"; balance cock depicts vase, flowers and knight's plumed helmet between two standards. Diam. 46mm.
X.2729Clocks & watchesNorthumberlandNEWCASTLEPocket watch movement by John Smith of Newcastle: brass, with back plate engraved "Jno. Smith Newcastle 1817"; also marked "FAST SLOW"; balance cock depicts two birds. Diam. 46mm.
X.2730Clocks & watchesLondonNO PROVENANCEPocket watch by Finch of London: with outer case of tarnished white metal, lined with a scrap of newspaper; inner silver case with domed glass over the dial, engraved "1290" inside; movement hinges out of the case with tiny catch at the bottom of the dial; dial has two birds in the centre and engraved "FINCH LONDON", face divided into sectors with minutes shown at 5 minute intervals and hours in Roman numerals; reverse engraved "John Finch London 1290", balance cock depicts curly headed face and wings. Diam. 58mm.
X.2731Clocks & watchesHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONPocket watch: with outer case of tarnished white metal; inner case dome-shaped with glass; movement hinges out of the inner case (tiny catch at the bottom of the dial), dial has Roman numerals and 5 minute intervals shown, centre near hands engraved "RAYMENT", back plate engraved "Jno Rayment HUNTINGDON" with balance cock depicting bearded head. Diam. 58mm.
X.2732Clocks & watchesCambridgeshireFEN DRAYTONCopy of a 17th-Century water clock: wooden frame with carved decoration holding a rectangular copper box at the bottom to catch water as it drips out of a copper cylinder; the float in the cylinder is attached by a chain to the pivot of the single hand, which turns round a clock dial with hours from 1 to 24. The box front is engraved: "As tyme & houres passeth awaye / So doeth ye life of man decaye / As tyme can be redeemed with no coste / Bestowe it well & let no houre be loste". Above the box is a copper plate engraved "Edward Larkins of ye towne Winchester Anno Dom 1621". Height 843mm
X.2733Clocks & watchesNO PROVENANCEA clock maker's jig for cutting cog wheels: brass, standing on two iron legs with spike feet; with wooden bulbous turning handle, various T-shaped pieces for manoeuvering the mechanical parts, moveable arm with sharp pointer would rest on the circular jig-plate, which is missing. Height 292mm, length 280mm.
X.2734Clocks & watchesNO PROVENANCEA large clock maker's jig for cutting cog wheels: stands on two curved iron legs, with large circular brass plate wheel with numbered measurements marked, held in rectangular iron frame; various levers and bolts secured with large square nuts. Height 25mm, length 785mm.
X.2735BuildingsNO PROVENANCEBrick mould: four pieces of wood (straight-grained, ash?) fastened together to make a rectangular frame with iron bindings nailed to the edges of the planks, now mostly rusted away; the longer side pieces of wood have round ends. 410 x 160 x 95mm, making a brick 10 x 5 x 4 inches, but presumably shrinking as it dried to the standard 9 by 4½ by 3 inches.
X.2735-45Buildings"The Forgotten Arts" by John Seymour, p.149-50, Brick-making: "a rough clot or warp of clay is formed by rolling it in sand and shaping it into a rectangular block. The clot is then pushed hard into the ready sanded mould ensuring every crevice is filled and the excess clay is cut off with a wire bow or strike. Brick is then turned out for drying. Mould turned out onto a pallet board. Then taken to a drying platform called a hack. Drying can take as long as 6 weeks depending on weather. . . . All moulds are made just larger than the final brick to allow for the clay to shrink during drying and firing." Note that X.2736 and 2737 are marked with the Norris index no. 6 (bricks and tiles index) and so come from St Neots - other moulds seem to match the descriptions on card no. 6 but without a number marked on them can't be definitely known to be one of the seven moulds on that card and so are indexed as unprovenanced.
X.2736BuildingsHuntingdonshireST NEOTSBrick mould: as X.2735 but in much better condition with iron bindings complete (screwed on instead of nailed). 430 x 165 x 60mm, so making a shallower brick 10 x 5 x 2½ inches when wet, drying to 9 x 4½ x 2?
X.2737BuildingsHuntingdonshireST NEOTSBrick mould: very similar to X.2736 but much wider, 430 x 290 x 60mm, making a brick 10 x 10 x 2½ inches when wet, drying to 9 x 9 x 2?
X.2738BuildingsNO PROVENANCEShallow brick mould: similar design to X.2736-7 although the iron bindings don't meet at the rounded ends of the side pieces but have tapered ends instead; 430 x 220 x 35mm, making a brick 12 x 7 x 1½ inches when wet, drying to 10 x 6 x 1?
X.2739BuildingsNO PROVENANCEShallow brick mould: very similar to X.2738; 405 x 295 x 45mm, making a brick 10 x 10 x 1¾ inches when wet, drying to 9 x 9 x 1½?
X.2740BuildingsNO PROVENANCEMould for octagonal bricks: the usual design with iron bindings nailed on (some of them missing) but with extra triangular wooden pieces nailed into each corner of the mould leaving an octagon; 395 x 280 x 40mm, making a brick with sides 5½ or 3½ inches long and 2 inches deep when wet.
X.2741BuildingsNO PROVENANCEBrick mould for brick with a bevel along one side: the usual design with nailed iron bindings, but with a metal plate right across the bottom of the mould and with a wedge of wood nailed down one side of it; 415 x 165 x 80mm, making a brick 10 x 5 x 3 inches when wet, presumably 9 x 4½ x 2½ when dried.
X.2742BuildingsNO PROVENANCEBrick mould: the usual design with iron bindings screwed on; 450 x 160 x 90mm, making a brick 10 x 5 x 4 inches when wet, 9 x 4½ x 3 dry.
X.2743BuildingsNO PROVENANCEBrick mould: making a brick with one corner bevelled off, to the usual design although with the rounded ends of the side pieces of the mould cut to a sharper-curved end than usual and no iron bindings on these ends; also a wedge of wood nailed into one corner of the mould; 410 x 160 x 85mm, making a brick 10 x 5 x 3½ inches when wet, 9 x 4½ x 3 dry.
X.2744BuildingsNO PROVENANCEBrick mould for a brick with a bevel along one side: very similar to X.2741 although with the iron bindings screwed not nailed, no bottom plate across the mould, and the bevel piece along the side of the mould mde from two pieces of wood apparently reused from something else as one of them is bevelled and curved on the underside; 450 x 160 x 90mm, making a brick 10 x 5 x 3½ inches when wet, 9 x 4½ x 3 dry.
X.2745BuildingsNO PROVENANCEBrick mould for a brick with a curved side the usual design with nailed iron bindings following the curved shape at top and bottom of the mould and with wooden wedges nailed in to give the curve; note that one long side of the mould is made of oak (with medullary rays) though the other parts seem to be the usual ash; 420 x 165x 90mm, making a brick 10 x 5 x 3½ inches when wet, 9 x 4½ x 3 dry.
X.2746Crafts MillerHuntingdonshireHEMINGFORD GREYBall bearing from a water mill: an iron sphere, worn flat on one side. Diam 75mm.
X.2747Crafts MillerHuntingdonshireHEMINGFORD GREYTwo oil feeders for water mill bearings: small bottles of brown glass, one cylindrical the other round-bodied; with rubber stoppers, each stopper with a hole for a metal rod to go through it, though one of the rods is missing; the bottles are embossed "THE NEEDLE LUBRICATOR REGISTERED [illeg.] PATENT 1" and "THE NEEDLE LUBRICATOR REGISTERED TRADE MARK [illeg.] PATENT 3 ENGLAND" - the writing upside-down, so the bottles were presumably in that position when in use. Ht. (without stoppers) 80mm and 60mm.
X.2748Crafts MillerHuntingdonshireHEMINGFORD GREYMill bill: wooden handle with cylindrical head with grooves round it, reinforced with two metal rods and washers through it; in a rectangular hole in the middle is a metal bill, square-sectioned and spiked at both ends. Length 375mm.
X.2749Crafts MillerNO PROVENANCEThe "thrift" or wooden handle of a mill bill: plain handle expands to a cylindrical head with a tapered rectangular opening for the bill itself, which is missing. Length 415mm.
X.2750DomesticNO PROVENANCEPot stand or trivet: two concentric circles of flat iron with a long handle, supported on three rod legs; matt black. Length 507 mm, ht. about 150mm.
X.2751Crafts ClothNO PROVENANCECarding hand: oval-sectioned wooden handle fitted to a rectangular board, to which is nailed a piece of leather through which protrude rows of round hooks, all slightly bent. On the outside face of the board is a strip of reinforcing metal with many nails and the carved initials "S.W". 272 x 220mm.
X.2752Crafts ClothHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDON18th-century wool weight: a lead disc, with JNO BEE 1753 on one side and a six-petalled flower on the other. Diam. 22mm.
X.2753Crafts ButcherNO PROVENANCEButcher's cleaver: flat blade fitted to turned wood handle by means of a tang which runs right through the handle and is bent down over its end, the blade end of the handle strengthened with a brass ferrule; the blade is stamped "CAST STEEL"and has a hole in one corner to hang it up by. Length 300mm.
X.2754Crafts ButcherNO PROVENANCELarge all-metal butcher's cleaver: rectangular blade with flange along the back, and rectangular-sectioned solid metal handle ending in a hook to hang it up by. The flange and cutting edge of the blade are dented and notched. Length 460mm.
X.2755Crafts WheelwrightHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONWheelwright's "traveller", for measuring the circumference of wheels and iron tyres: a wooden disc fixed with a bolt into a wooden handle, the handle square-sectioned where it clasps the disc, round-sectioned higher up; there is a circular hole drilled through the disc about half-way between the centre and edge. Length 47cm.
X.2756Crafts MillerHuntingdonshire?HEMINGFORD GREY?Mill bill: wooden handle with cylindrical head with grooves round it, reinforced with two metal rods and washers through it; in a rectangular hole in the middle is a metal bill, square-sectioned and spiked at both ends. Very similar in design to X.2748, but bigger - part of a matching set? Length 505mm.
X.2757Crafts SaddlerHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONSaddler's clamp or "clam", also called a harness maker's vice: two curved planks screwed together at the bottom and pressing together at the top in order to grip e.g. straps while being sewn; held between the knees while working. Dark polished wood, length 695mm.
X.2758Crafts SaddlerHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONSaddle support: a framework of cast iron with a flange at the front and curving upward at the back, fitted with half-round pieces of polished mahogany on which a saddle can be laid. Cast in the metal below the central part is "MUSGRAVE'S PATENT BELFAST". Length 63cms.
X.2759Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSCarpenter's auger: hollow-ended steel blade with wooden handle (carved, not turned) set on the tang at right angles; an illegible maker's name and logo cast into the upper end of the blade. Length 360mm.
X.2760Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSCarpenter's twist drill: metal shaft with a twist thread, with a turned wooden handle at the top and a wooden slider with metal fitting in the middle to turn the drill rapidly as it is moved up and down the shaft; screw thread at the bottom with an end-piece on it holding a fragment of a small drill bit. Present length 450mm.
X.2761Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSSet of ten carpenter's bits: various shaped heads with tapering square-sectioned butts to fit into the brace - one of the ten has a much thinner butt and was presumably used in a smaller brace than the other. Lengths 100-135mm.
X.2762Crafts CarpenterNO PROVENANCECarpenter's gouge: thick blade with U-shaped end, socketed onto a plain, tapered handle of wood, with a notch or groove on one side of the socket; quite crudely made, presumably by a local blacksmith. Length 260mm.
X.2763Crafts CarpenterNO PROVENANCECarpenter's chisel: long, thick blade with a slight curve at the cutting end, tanged into a turned wood handle with a brass ferrule over the tang; the handle has had pieces split or cut out of the butt end, which is also damaged from being hit with the mallet; a set of initials, the first being "G", is stamped into the split part of the handle. Length 373mm.
X.2764Crafts CarpenterNO PROVENANCECarpenter's mallet: quite crudely turned from a single piece of wood which has bent slightly and split, with expanded butt end and bulbous head, the head damaged with use. Length 300mm.
X.2765Crafts CarpenterNO PROVENANCECarpenter's mallet: broadly similar in shape to X.2764, but smaller and better made, with the head originally made separately from the handle; the head also has a lump of lead in the middle; cracked and split and the head damaged with use. Length 225mm.
X.2766Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMCarpenter's template: two blocks of beechwood screwed together with the shape of a moulding carved out of the interior faces and a brass block, cast in the same shape as the moulding, screwed to one end. Stamped "C. WILSON", "T.A.D." and "5/8" - the width of the moulding would be 5/8 of an inch. Length 203mm (8 inches).
X.2766-68Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMX.2766-68 were found in the Museum without numbers, and only after they had been catalogued with X-numbers did it become clear that they must actually be 78.25.1-3. These were given to the Museum by Theo Dalrymple on 6th September 1978 and are plainly part of the same collection as X.1815-30, qv, which Mr Dalrymple gave to the Museum in November 1972.
X.2767Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMCarpenter's template: a block of beechwood carved with the shape of a moulding, with a brass block screwed to each end cast in the same shape. Stamped "C. WILSON" (twice), "T.A.D." and "5/8" - the width of the moulding would be 5/8 of an inch. Length 210mm.
X.2768Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireSOMERSHAMCarpenter's template: a block of beechwood carved with the shape of a moulding and cut off at 45° at each end. Stamped "T.AD." Length 206mm.
X.2769FarmingHuntingdonshireST IVESWinnowing fan: an oval of basketwork with one side turned upwards, the wicker woven onto a radiating framework of flat strips; only a fragment survives of the two loop handles originally attached to the raised side. Length 134cms.
X.2771FarmingNO PROVENANCEHay knife: curved blade with wide serrations on cutting edge, with small turned wood handles set at right-angles to each other on flat tangs. Length 97cms.
X.2772FarmingNO PROVENANCEFlail for threshing corn: ash handle with pivoting "cap" at the end, made from wood bent over in steam and bound round the pivot of the handle with leather thongs; hanging from the cap by another leather thong is the "swingle", used to beat the ears of corn. The cap particularly is a well made and well preserved example. Length of handle and cap 122cms, of swingle 72cm.
X.2773FarmingHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERBranding iron: steel rod with a wooden handle, with fastened to the end a shaped plate giving a brand in the shape of a C and a reversed C with a cross in the middle. Length 415mm.
X.2774FarmingNO PROVENANCEShepherd's crook: rough wooden handle with iron head socketed on one end, with nail holes to fasten it to the handle (one hole split and a second one now in use), ending in an elegant hook with a knob on the end. Length 1.315m.
X.2775FarmingNO PROVENANCEShepherd's crook: smooth and regular wooden handle with iron head socketed on the end, fastened in position with two countersunk screws and ending in a hook with a knob on the end: the handle more elegant than X.2774, the head less so. Length 1.205m.
X.2776Farming?NO PROVENANCEThe head of a shepherd's crook: elegant socketed head of white metal, with an S-curve on the crook and a sharp point on the end, with a flange round the outside of the socket; stamped "W.H." near the socket. Length 230mm.
X.2777FarmingNO PROVENANCEThe head of a shepherd's crook: of iron, socketed and with a nail-hole for fastening it to the handle, hook at the other end with straight section and knob on the end. Length 355mm.
X.2778FarmingHuntingdonshireGT PAXTONBarley Hummeler: a rectangular iron frame with iron strips running across it, riveted to two curved pieces that connect to a central socket, in which a wooden handle is fastened by means of a hole with a screw in it. The handle is too short and slender for the object and was presumably added recently, probably after the object came to the Norris. Iron frame 31 x 32cms.
X.2778 (contd.)Farming
X.2779FarmingNO PROVENANCERotary Barley Hummeler: three circles of iron with iron strips running between them to create a roller; with a central square axle turning in a handle from which rises a central socket, with a wooden handle (not original) set in the socket. Roller width 51cms, diam. 28cms.
X.2780FarmingNO PROVENANCELeather "Costrel" or harvest barrel: roughly cylindrical bottle with two circular ends sewn in, a flat bottom, and the top sewn into a circular mouthpiece with a flat piece on each side to grip it by, and two holes in the flat part for thong or similar; thick leather throughout; a square flap has been cut from one side (and is still kept with the bottle). Length 225mm, height 270mm.
X.2781FarmingNO PROVENANCELeather "Costrel" or harvest barrel: of similar design to X.2780 but smaller and without the cut-out flap; the leather decorated with star-shaped stamps and with "TH" and "W.1797" cut into one side. Length 185mm, ht. 185mm.
X.2782FarmingNO PROVENANCEHarvest barrel: a miniature cask of wood bound with four iron hoops, now loose, and with carved wood mouthpiece at the top, with two holes in it stopped up with corks (the second hole presumably to release air); painted dark blue (with the same paint used for carts and waggons I think) and with "CJ" carved or poker-worked into one end. Length 260mm.
X.2783FarmingNO PROVENANCEHarvest barrel: small and well made, of varnished wood bound with four hoops and with carved wood mouthpiece on the top, with hole in the middle of it and small vent-hole to one side; iron loop handle pivoted on two eyelets protruding through the inner hoops; stamped "CRICK" and "R. PERKINS" on one end. Length 177mm (7 inches).
X.2784FarmingNO PROVENANCEHarvest barrel: a miniature cask of wood bound with four iron hoops (one now missing) and with protruding wooden mouthpiece on the top, with a hole in the middle of it and two small holes running across it for a thong or similar. Length 203mm (8 inches).
X.2785FarmingHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERThe end of a leather "Costrel" or harvest barrel: a circle of leather with two rows of stitch holes round the edge. Diameter 170mm.
X.2786AdministrationHuntingdonshireST IVESA dinner gong, with bullock horns, presented to the Mayor of St Ives at the opening of the New Market in 1886: a rectangular plinth of polished wood, with moulding round the base and brass fittings on the corners; fastened on top are a pair of bullock horns, with hair still on the central part, and brass terminals with knob ends screwed on over the points; hanging between the horns (by a modern piece of string) is a plain, dish-shaped metal gong, with two elaborate brackets below it to hold the hammer. A white metal shield on the front of the plinth is engraved: "PRESENTED To F+WARREN ESQRE. MAYOR OF ST IVES In commemoration of his opening THE NEW CATTLE MARKET October 4th. 1886. BY W.S. HARRISON Purchaser of the first Bullock the horns of which support this GONG." Ht. 498mm. With hammer of turned wood with head bound in wash leather and blank brass shield fastened half-way down the handle, length 245mm.
X.2787 a-bFarmingLondonNO PROVENANCETwo drovers' arm badges: curved ovals of metal with cast bronze reliefs riveted to them - a shield at the top (?crest of Middlesex), the word "DROVER" below that, and the numbers "1606" and "636" respectively at the bottom; with slots at each side for a strap, a) still has part of the leather strap surviving though the buckle is lost. Hts. 117mm and 111mm.
X.2788 a-bFarmingHuntingdonshireHAMERTONTwo horse brasses: circles of sheet brass with geometric designs cut out of them, and a slot for a strap at the top. Hts. 101mm and 98mm.
X.2789FarmingHuntingdonshireSAWTRYHorse brass: a circle of sheet brass with cut-out design, including a simplified acorn in the middle and a slightly larger hole near the top to take a strap. Ht. 85mm.
X.2790FarmingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSWaggon bell: of tapered rectangular section with small loop handle at the top (the right shape for a strap to be put through it) and round clapper on a rod inside. Ht. 105mm.
X.2791Crafts MillerHuntingdonshireHEMINGFORD GREYMill bill: wooden handle with cylindrical head with grooves round it, reinforced with several metal rods and washers through it; in a rectangular hole in the middle is a metal bill, square-sectioned and spiked at both ends. Similar in design to X.2748 and X.2756. Length 450mm.
X.2792FarmingNO PROVENANCEA bird scarer, or bird clappers: three rectangles of wood, the central one with a flat handle and the outer two fastened on either side of it with string (the string is modern) threaded through a pair of holes in each rectangle; shaking it makes a loud rattling. Two of the pieces of wood have "S. CARTER" burned in them with a brand. Length 258mm.
X.2793FarmingNO PROVENANCEA bird scarer, of the rattle type: a carved piece of wood is swung round and round by its handle so that two carved cog wheels click against two thin leaves of wood, which are held in position with screws; the turned wood handle is now broken off. Length 280mm.
X.2794FarmingNO PROVENANCESix rumbler bells for horse harness: small hollow spheres of bell metal with loop handles cast in the top, holes and slots in the body of each bell and an expansion round their middles, and an iron ball inside each one (although two have been damaged and their ball has been lost); some plain, some with cast decoration. Diam. about 25-30mm.
X.2795FarmingNO PROVENANCEA sheep bell: roughly rectangular in section, made from a piece of sheet metal folded to shape and fastened together with rivets, with loop handle riveted across the top and iron clapper on a rod hung from the same rivet. Ht. 103mm.
X.2796FarmingNO PROVENANCEFour rumbler bells for horse harness: small hollow spheres of bell metal with loop handles cast in the top, holes and slots in the body of each bell and an expansion round their middles, and iron balls inside each one (although two have been damaged and their ball has been lost); all with cast decoration, which in one case includes the number "13" or "15". Diam. about 30-40mm.
X.2797FarmingNO PROVENANCERumbler bell for horse harness: a hollow sphere of bell metal with a loop handle cast on the top, two holes in the upper body and a slot in the lower part, with an expansion round the middle of the bell and containing an iron ball; cast decoration on the bottom half. Diam. 50mm.
X.2798FarmingHuntingdonshireEYNESBURYRumbler bell for horse harness: a hollow sphere of bell metal with a loop handle cast on the top, two holes in the upper body and a slot in the lower part, with an expansion round the middle of the bell; broken and the iron ball from the inside missing; cast decoration on the outside. Diam. 35mm.
X.2799FarmingHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAMRumbler bell for horse harness: a hollow sphere of bell metal with a loop handle cast on the top, two holes in the upper body and a slot in the lower part, with an expansion round the middle of the bell and containing an iron ball; plain and undecorated but better made than most in our collection. Diam. 38mm.
X.2800FarmingHuntingdonshireLT PAXTONRumbler bell for horse harness: a hollow sphere of bell metal with a loop handle cast on the top, two holes in the upper body and a slot in the lower part, with an expansion round the middle of the bell and containing an iron ball; plain at the top and with cast decoration below. Diam. 28mm.
X.2801Farming?NO PROVENANCEA string of eight hollow spheres elaborately made from thin brass and brass wire on central circles of sheet brass, with loops of wound wire joining them together; the spheres about 40mm in diameter. ?Ornamental bells (decorative only - no clappers) for horse harness???
X.2802FarmingHuntingdonshireLEIGHTON BROMSWOLD?Corn dolly: plaited wheat stalks, gathered together with string at the bottom, then dividing into three curved loops, joining together again above with the ears bushing out at the top. Ht. about 36cms.
X.2803FarmingNO PROVENANCESickle made by Tomlin of Kettering: long and slender curved steel blade fastened to a tapering wooden handle by a tang and ferrule, the end of the ferrule clenched over the butt of the handle; the blade stamped "TOMLIN KETTERING"; the tip of the blade notched and bent over. Length 505mm.
X.2804FarmingNO PROVENANCESickle: long slender blade set in a wooden handle by means of a tang, with a piece of leather protruding from the handle round the tang. Length 530mm.
X.2805FarmingNO PROVENANCESickle or reaping hook: of complicated design with a wooden handle slotted to take a steel shaft, fastened to the handle with two rivets; the shaft attached to the blade holder with a rivet and bolt, allowing the angle of the join to be altered; the blade holder has a flange at the back and holes along the leading edge, to which the blade (now mostly lost) is fastened, by means of a steel plate fastened over the blade and bolted through to the blade holder; the shaft and blade holder painted green. Length 435mm.
X.2806FarmingNO PROVENANCEA reaping or weeding hook: a wooden handle (badly damaged by woodworm) into which fits the tang of the blade, which has a short flat shaft at right-angles to the handle, then a long straight section curving through 90 degees at the end; stamped on the blade is "J HASLAM RK". Length 590mm.
X.2807FarmingNO PROVENANCEA pea hook: a long straight wooden handle, to the end of which is fastened (with a tang and ferrule) a curved metal piece, square-sectioned and tapering to a point, protruding from the handle at right-angles. Handle length 400mm.
X.2808FarmingNO PROVENANCEThe head of a root pick or turnip pick: steel, with two curved prongs bending at right-angles to the socket, which has a nail hole to fasten it to a wooden handle. Length 248mm.
X.2809FarmingNO PROVENANCEKnife, probably for topping and cutting turnips or similar: flat tang with wooden grips riveted to each side of it to form the handle; single-edged blade with slight curve and point. Length 360mm.
X.2810FarmingNO PROVENANCEThe blade of a knife, probably used for some farming purpose: a triangular, one-edged blade with curved back, fastened to a wooden handle (of which only a worm-eaten fragment remains) by a short tang and ferrule; blacksmith made. Length 225mm.
X.2811FarmingNO PROVENANCEA dibber: presumably for beans to judge by the thickness of the bulb, but of much shorter design than the usual type, with only a short shaft on which a turned wooden handle is fitted at right-angles and secured by hammering the end of the tang flat over a washer. Ht. 290mm.
X.2812FarmingHuntingdonshireALCONBURYA bean dibber: broad, pointed bulb at the bottom of a steel shaft; stirrup-shaped handle at the top with wooden grip (badly worm-eaten) over the steel cross-piece. Ht. 815mm.
X.2813FarmingHuntingdonshireELLINGTONA wheat dibber: the bulb at the base of the shaft more slender than the bean dibbers that make up most of our collection; stirrup handle, wooden grip missing; painted black all over. Ht. 835mm.
X.2814FarmingNO PROVENANCEA wheat dibber, very similar to X.2813 but without the black paint. Ht. 805mm.
X.2815FarmingHuntingdonshireELLINGTONA bean dibber, with broad, pointed bulb at the bottom, steel shaft and shallow stirrup-shaped handle, wooden grip lost. Ht. 795mm.
X.2816FarmingNO PROVENANCEA bean dibber with broad, pointed bulb at the bottom, steel shaft and stirrup-shaped handle with wooden grip. Ht. 700mm.
X.2817FarmingNO PROVENANCEA bean dibber with broad, pointed bulb, square-sectioned shaft and stirrup-shaped handle with wooden grip (worm-eaten and split). Ht. 765mm.
X.2818FarmingNO PROVENANCEA bean dibber with broad, pointed bulb, square-sectioned shaft and stirrup-shaped handle, wooden grip lost. Ht. 800mm.
X.2819FarmingNO PROVENANCEA pea dibber, better made than many with elegant bulb - slightly thinner than a bean dibber - shaft and stirrup handle with turned wood grip; stamped DAY" on the handle Ht. 810mm.
X.2820FarmingNO PROVENANCEA wheat dibber, with more slender bulb than the bean dibbers in our collection, steel shaft and stirrup-shaped handle, wooden grip lost. Ht. 760mm.
X.2821 a-bFarmingNO PROVENANCEA pair of pea dibbers, with flat-topped, pointed bulbs at the bottom of steel shafts with stirrup-shaped handles at the top, wooden grips lost. Hts. 795 and 800mm.
X.2822 a-gFarmingNO PROVENANCESeven bean or pea dibbers, of steel, each with expanded bulb at the bottom, plain shaft and stirrup-shaped handle, wooden grips all lost; slight variations in design but all very similar. Lengths in the range 795-875mm.
X.2823FarmingNO PROVENANCEA chopper for turnips or other roots: a short blade of thin steel rolled round a metal rod and riveted to it to give a stronger back to the blade; fastened with a tang and ferrule to a short wooden handle. Length 235mm.
X.2824FarmingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSA root chopper: two steel blades crossing at right angles, with curved rods riveted to the outer ends and joining in a square-sectioned tang, with a hole through it for fastening it to a wooden handle (which is missing). Present ht. 310mm.
X.2839UnclassifiedHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERA plaque showing the crucifixion: a back plate of ?base silver engraved with the symbols of the Passion (rooster, dice, scourge etc.) with the crucifixion itself with Mary and St John on each side shown in cast brass fastened to the front of the plate, also pillars on each side, angels and a finial at the top. Length 72mm.
X.2846BuildingsHuntingdonshireST NEOTSDated roof tile: rectangular tile of yellow clay, broken at one end and with two square holes for nails at the other; marked on it with a nail or similar while the clay was still wet: "JR 1794". Length 259mm.
X.2847DomesticNO PROVENANCEA bodkin for making rag rugs: converted from a carpenter's "draw bore pin" - a brass point set in a turned wooden handle with a steel ferrule over the tang; near the end of the brass point someone has drilled two holes, then used a ?hacksaw or file to join the holes into a single slit; this could then be used to knot a strip of cloth through sacking to make a rag rug. Length 207mm.
X.2849Locks and keysNO PROVENANCEA very large chest, presumably a parish chest: rectangular, of iron sheets and strips riveted over a wooden carcase (though the wood is nowhere visible); at each end is a pair of loops with a carrying handle of twisted bar iron threaded through them; the lid has five hinges along its back edge and two loops on plates fastened to its front edge - loops on the body of the chest below them have hasps which can be pulled over the lid loops for closure with padlocks; there is a decorated lock plate with keyhole on the front of the chest and a pivoted plate covering another keyhole in the middle of the lid. Length 108cms, width 57cms, ht 55cms.
X.2850Crafts BasketmakerNO PROVENANCEA woven straw bag for a farm worker's food: rectangular with rounded corners, of flattened straw woven over a framework of horizontal lines - these are perhaps made of string, but are nowhere visible; two woven bands of black and brown fibres run up the sides of the bag, supporting the bottom and ending in loop handles at the top; a lid of woven straw edged with another woven band folds over the top, with a slit for one of the handles to fit through to give a snug and presumably quite waterproof fit. Length 42cms, ht 30cms.
X.2851Crafts BasketmakerNO PROVENANCEA woven straw bag with sacking lining, for a building worker's tools: wide-mouthed and round-bottomed, of flattened straw woven over a framework of horizontal lines - these are perhaps made of string, but are nowhere visible; two woven bands of black and brown fibres run up the sides of the bag, supporting the bottom and ending in loop handles at the top, and another woven band runs round the top; the bag is lined with sacking, so that it could carry quite heavy tools, and on one side the sacking is doubled to create a side pocket, with a leather edging along its mouth. Length 71cms, ht 41cms.
X.2941MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPeninsular War Medal awarded to Private Patrick Marra: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA 1849, bust left; Rev. TO THE BRITISH ARMY 1793-1814, Queen placing laurel wreath on the head of the Duke of Wellington; Rim PATK. MARRA, 31ST FOOT; Clasps VITTORIA, PYRENEES, NIVELLE, NIVE, TOULOUSE.
X.2942MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPeninsular War Medal awarded to Lieutenant Francis Knox: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA 1849, bust left; Rev. TO THE BRITISH ARMY 1793-1814, Queen placing laurel wreath on the head of the Duke of Wellington; Rim FRAS KNOX LIEUT, 31ST FOOT; Clasps TALAVERA, BUSACO, ALBUHERA.
X.2943MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPeninsular War Medal awarded to David Hackney: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA 1849, bust left; Rev. TO THE BRITISH ARMY 1793-1814, Queen placing laurel wreath on the head of the Duke of Wellington; Rim DAVID HACKNEY, 31ST FOOT; Clasps TALAVERA, BUSACO, ALBUHERA.
X.2944MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPeninsular War Medal awarded to W. Howson: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA 1849, bust left; Rev. TO THE BRITISH ARMY 1793-1814, Queen placing laurel wreath on the head of the Duke of Wellington; Rim W. HOWSON, 31ST FOOT; Clasps TALAVERA, ALBUHERA.
X.2945MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPeninsular War Medal awarded to T. Showering: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA 1849, bust left; Rev. TO THE BRITISH ARMY 1793-1814, Queen placing laurel wreath on the head of the Duke of Wellington; Rim T. SHOWERING, 31ST FOOT; Clasps VITTORIA, PYRENEES, TOULOUSE.
X.2946MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPeninsular War Medal awarded to James Sweeney: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA 1849, bust left; Rev. TO THE BRITISH ARMY 1793-1814, Queen placing laurel wreath on the head of the Duke of Wellington; Rim JAMES SWEENEY, 31ST FOOT; Clasp TALAVERA
X.2947MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEAfghan War Medal awarded to Private Patrick Smith: Obv. VICTORIA VINDEX, bust left; Rev. CABUL 1842, Crown and laurel wreath; Rim NO. 407 PATK SMITH PT H.M. 31ST REGT.
X.2948MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCESutlej Campaign Medal awarded to William Phillips: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA, bust left; Rev. ARMY OF THE SUTLEJ. MOODKEE 1845, Victory with wreath and trophy of arms; Rim WILLIAM PHILLIPS 31ST REGT. (No ribbon).
X.2949MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCECrimean War Medal awarded to Private John Spelman: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA 1854, bust left; Rev. CRIMEA, Victory places wreath on the head of a classical warrior; Rim JOHN SPELMAN, 31ST REGT; Clasp SEBASTOPOL.
X.2950MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEA French Military Medal, presumably that awarded to Private John Spelman: Obv. LOUIS NAPOLEON, bust left in moulded wreath with eagle above; Rev. VALEUR ET DISCIPLINE.
X.2951MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCETurkish Crimea War Medal presumably that awarded to Private John Spelman: Obv. Wreath with inscription in Turkish Rev. CRIMEA 1855, weapons and flags; no rim inscription visible.
X.2952MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCELong Service Medal awarded to Private John Spelman: Obv. Royal arms with helmets and weapons; Rev. FOR LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT; Rim 3174 PTE JOHN SPELMAN, 31ST FOOT. (No ribbon)
X.2953MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCECrimean War Medal awarded to Sgt John Barker: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA 1854, bust left; Rev. CRIMEA, Victory places wreath on the head of a classical warrior; Rim NO. 2536 SERGT. JOHN BARKER, 31 REGT; Clasp SEBASTOPOL.
X.2954MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCETurkish Crimea War Medal awarded to William ?Brown: Obv. Wreath with inscription in Turkish Rev. LA CRIMEA 1855, weapons and flags; Rim 31 . . . WILLIAM BROUNE 31 REG.
X.2955MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEChinese War Medal awarded to William Dawson: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA, bust left; Rev. CHINA ARMIS EXPO . . . CERE FACIM, Royal arms, weapons and a tree; Rim WM DAWSON 31ST REGT; Clasp TAKU FORTS 1860.
X.2956MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCELong Service Medal awarded to Colour Sergeant William Dawson: Obv. Royal arms with helmets and weapons; Rev. FOR LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT; Rim 62 CR SERGT W. DAWSON, 31ST FOOT. (No ribbon)
X.2957MedalsHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEChinese War Medal awarded to James Shaw: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA, bust left; Rev. CHINA ARMIS EXPO . . . CERE FACIM, Royal arms, weapons and a tree; Rim JAS SHAW 31ST REGT; Clasp TAKU FORTS 1860.
X.2958MedalsHuntingdonshireST IVESDeath plaque and 1914-15 Star awarded to L/Cpl Bertram Arthur Clack: circular bronze plaque with Victory and lion, HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR, BERTRAM ARTHUR CLACK; and star with crown, wreath and crossed swords and scroll with 1914-15, on the back 13028 PTE B.A. CLACK C. 809.
X.2959MedalsHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAM1914-18 medal awarded to Capt C.L. Tebbutt: Obv. GEORGIVS V BRITT.OMN.REX ET IND. IMP., bust left; Rev. 1914 1918, naked rider on horse with skull and crossbones below; Rim CAPT. C.L. TEBBUTT.
X.2960MedalsCambridgeshireFEN DRAYTONRoyal Society for the Protection of Life from Fire Medal awarded to George Butler, 1893: Obv. Man and two children tending a woman, burning building behind; Rev. ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF LIFE FROM FIRE 1843 DUTY AND HONOR [sic], Crown and wreath; Rim GEORGE BUTLER, LAMBETH, 25TH APRIL 1893. In cloth-covered case by John Pinches, with badge of the society on the front in gold.
X.2961MedalsCambridgeshireFEN DRAYTONMetropolitan Police 1887 Jubilee Medal with 1897 clasp, awarded to PC George Butler: Obv. VICTORIA REGINA, bust left; Rev. METROPOLITAN POLICE 1887 JUBILEE OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA, Crown and garland; Rim P.C. G. BUTLER L DIVN; Clasp 1897.
X.2962MedalsCambridgeshireFEN DRAYTONMetropolitan Police 1902 Coronation Medal awarded to PC George Butler: Obv. EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR; Rev. METROPOLITAN POLICE CORONATION OF HIS MAJESTY KING EDWARD VII 1902; Rim P.C. G. BUTLER L DIV.
X.2967AdministrationHuntingdonshireEARITHThe Earith Fire Pump: a rectangular wooden cistern supported on four solid wheels with iron tyres and on iron axles - the front axle mounted slightly loose on its horizontal central pivot so that it can be steered to a small extent; the cistern is lined with sheet metal and at front and back is open at the top (so water can be poured into it from buckets), with numerous holes in the division between the open parts and the closed central section, to act as crude filters; below the back of the cistern there is also a pipe, with detachable brass cap screwed on, so that water can be sucked into the cistern through a hose; on top of the cistern is an iron handle which revolves a fitting at the base of the central cylinder of the pump, so that water can be sucked in through the pipe or taken in from the open wells; an opening lid in part of the cistern top gives access to the interior - there is now a leather hose curled up loose inside it;
X.2967 (contd. 1)AdministrationHuntingdonshireEARITHnear the back of the engine three vertical cylinders in a wooden casing rise from the bottom of the cistern: two low ones and a central cylinder that seems to rise right to the top of the casing; pistons in the two low cylinders are connected to the pump handles, so that water is drawn up the tall central cylinder and pumped out through a brass pipe on top of the casing - the brass pipe turns through two right angles and has a screw thread at the end for attaching a hose or nozzle; the pistons in the low cylinders are attached by chains and an iron butterfly piece to the pump handles and to two treadles - there are also two fixed handles along the top of the machine for men to grip while they stand on top of the cistern and work the treadles with their feet; lying on top of the front of the cistern is a T-shaped wooden handle for pulling the engine along - it can be secured in an inward or outward position by a metal bolt sliding down into slots on top of the handle.
X.2967 (contd. 2)AdministrationHuntingdonshireEARITHLength of cistern 189cms, pump handles protrude beyond the front of the cistern to give an overall length of 202cms; cistern width 59cms; max width with pump handles horizontal 113cms; max ht 171cms, inc the brass pipe on top; the rear wheels are larger diam than the front, so that the back of the machine tilts up slightly. There are also three leather hoses with copper rivets along their seams and brass fittings at the ends: one a short length, the other two flattened and coiled with straps round them; one leather bucket, stitched and with a handle; and three leather-framed canvas squares with brass hooks (filters?).
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X.2976PotteryHuntingdonshireST IVESMeasham ware teapot marked "W A Skeeles St Ives 1889": brown-glazed pot with domed lid and applied panels of floral decoration in white with blue and green slip, and a panel with the wording given above. Ht. 210mm.
X.2977PotteryNO PROVENANCECastleford ware teapot: elegant, hexagonal pot of fine white ware, with sliding lid and applied decoration of foliage and classical figures. Marked "18" or "81" in relief on the base. Ht. 165mm.
X.2990SportsHuntingdonshireEARITHFour net sinkers: irregular pieces of brown stone with a hole drilled in each; lengths 105mm, 82mm, 81mm, 75mm
X.2991SportsHuntingdonshireHOUGHTONTwo net sinkers: irregular pieces of soft grey stone with drilled holes (one hole in one, two in the other); lengths 111mm, 108mm.
X.3023SportsNO PROVENANCEPartridge decoy: a small piece of wood with a cogwheel pivoted in a cut-out at one end, so that it can be rotated against a thin tongue of wood nailed against the body; this makes a rattling noise like the call of a partridge. Length 216mm.
X.3024SportsNO PROVENANCEA ball of thin twin used for making snares for birds.
X.3025SportsNO PROVENANCEThe head of an eel glaive: a six-tined fork, each tine made from flat iron with barbs nicked along the edges and held with a horizontal bar riveted across near the base of the tines; riveted socket with nail hole for attaching to a wooden handle. Length 31cms.
X.3026SportsHuntingdonshireBUCKDENThe heads of two croquet mallets: of turned wood with central hole for the handle; one mallet is symmetrical, taperiing outwards to a flat striking surface at each end, length 150mm; the other, decorated with grooves round it, has a flat surface at one end and a more rounded surface - not used for striking the ball presumably - at the other, length 125mm.
X.3027SportsNO PROVENANCEA 19th-century croquet mallet: turned head with flat end for striking the ball and rounded end on the back, on handle of turned wood (worm-eaten and snapped in two). Length when complete 89cms.
X.3028SportsNO PROVENANCETwo croquet mallets and three balls: the mallet heads have one flat end and one rounded one and their shafts are worm-eaten and snapped in two; their design, size and condition so similar to X.3027 that they were presumably part of a set; one mallet 89cms long, the other apparently missing part of its shaft. The balls are of solid wood, cleverly made from shaped segments glued together and with coloured bands forming part of the design - one ball with two parallel red bands, another with a single red band and the third with two crossing bands, probably blue. Diam. about 85mm.
X.3029SportsHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAMEarly 19th-century cricket bat: broadly similar in shape and size to a modern bat but with the blade and handle made from a single piece of wood and differently shaped at the bottom; near the top of the back of the blade is a hole (drilled or a knot?) and carved nearby are "1828" and "17 Aug Oaks". Length 887mm.
X.3030SportsHuntingdonshireBLUNTISHAM19th-century cricket bat: similar in shape and size to a modern bat, although with lighter blade in wood with distinctive banding across the grain - a variety of willow, or something else altogether? with handle of a different wood spliced into the blade and showing traces of now-vanished cord binding. Stamped on the blade and handle top "Cobbett", "Cobbett Trade Mark" (with a tree design) and "Cobbett Maker St Marylebone". Length 873mm.
X.3031SkatingBandy stick: an ash stick with a natural curve, with gloss varnish; length 99cms.
X.3032SportsHuntingdonshireEARITHModel of a Fen gun punt with eel glaive: carved from a single piece of wood (with thwart added), flat-bottomed and pointed at both ends, the bow tapering more narrowly than the stern; with a wooden eel glaive loose inside it. Length 207mm.
X.3033SportsHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONGolf club: a "baffie", like a modern wood, with wooden shaft bound with leather at the top and a shaped wooden head with steel plate on the back and two flat wooden plates nailed to the front and bottom; stamped "J. ALLAN" on the top of the head and written in ink beneath it "His Grace the Duke of Manchester". Length 117cms.
X.3034SportsHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONGolf club: a "baffie", like a modern wood, with wooden shaft bound with cloth at the top and shaped wooden head with steel plate on the back and metal plate screwed to the bottom; the top of the head stamped "R. FORGAN" with Prince of Wales Feathers trade mark. Length 113cms.
X.3035SportsHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONGolf club: a "baffie", like a modern wood, with wooden shaft bound with leather at the top and shaped wooden head with steel plate on the back and small piece of ebony nailed to the bottom; the top of the head stamped "J. MORRIS". Length 100cms.
X.3036SportsHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONGolf club: a "baffie", like a modern wood, with wooden shaft bound with cloth at the top (coming unwound) and shaped wooden head with steel plate on the back and small metal plate nailed to the bottom; the top of the head stamped "J. MORRIS". Length 104cms.
X.3037CostumeHuntingdonshireST NEOTSWooden sole with patten iron attached: the sole carved to shape with slight bulge under arch of foot; nail heads and scraps of leather at the side where strap was once attached; incomplete oval iron ring with lugs at front and back riveted to the sole. Length 215mm.
X.3038CostumeHuntingdonshireST NEOTSPatten iron: oval ring with raised horizontal lugs at front and back, one rivet through front lug and two through the back one, wooden sole lost. Length 200mm.
X.3039CostumeNO PROVENANCEPatten iron: a more elegant shape than the usual oval, being a round-cornered rectangle with outward curves at each side; raised horizontal lugs at front and back, one rivet through front lug and two through the back one, wooden sole lost. Length 190mm.
X.3040CostumeNO PROVENANCEIron sole for fitting under a boot: with rounded toe and stepped heel, lug bent upwards on each side with leather strap riveted to the left lug, fragment of leather only still survives on the right; the strap has a slot at the end for fastening. Length 240mm.
X.3041FarmingNO PROVENANCELarge brass buckle: rectangular with rounded corners, iron tongue on brass pivot; width 78mm.
X.3042CostumeNO PROVENANCEA pair of leather gaiters: black leather shaped to the calf, secured at the back by brass lugs fitting into square fasteners, reinforced with a pair of straps and buckles at the top; below the straps was originally an ornamental row of five buttons but only one remains; inside near the top is a leather strap with eyelet for fastening to the breeches; with stamped and painted leather labels inside: "The 'Sirdar' Legging" and a trade mark showing a crown; the 2 square fasteners that remain intact are marked "THE DENNISON HERCULES". Height 31cms.
X.3043Trade tokensNO PROVENANCE18th-century "card counter" with German inscription. Obv. L--R LAUER BECH-PFEN. In the centre, sun moon and stars. Rev. -LUS ULTRA. In the centre a sailing ship.
X.3044Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireALCONBURYShoemaker's tool: a pair of pliers with curved jaws, a block below the jaws and a cleft in the end of one of the handles presumably for pulling out nails; Length 190mm.
X.3045Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireALCONBURYShoemaker's straight burnisher: wooden handle with nail where leather strap was attached to butt, at the other end a rectangular metal block with a flange on one edge. Length 143mm.
X.3046Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireALCONBURYShoemaker's burnisher: wooden handle with tang expanding to a metal block which tapers outwards to a curved surface, of shiny bare metal from polishing shoe leather. Length 122mm.
X.3047Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireALCONBURYShoemaker's curved burnisher: long wooden handle with flat tapered butt, fitted at the other end with a curved metal head with a flange on one edge. Length 269mm.
X.3048Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireALCONBURYShoemaker's tool of ivory or bone: a long strip convex on both sides and curved at the ends, one end slightly squarer and pitted with use. Length 220mm.
X.3049Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireALCONBURYShoemaker's tool: wooden handle with leather strap with slit to hang it by nailed to the butt end, at the other end is a ferrule and tang expanding to a rectangular-sectioned metal block with a slot to hold a brass wheel with milled edge. Length 156mm.
X.3050Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireALCONBURYShoemaker's tool: turned wooden handle with tapered metal rod. Length 107mm.
X.3051Crafts CobblerHuntingdonshireST NEOTSShoemaker's pincers: steel, with curved jaws and long, more gently curved handles. Length 183mm.
X.3052Crafts CobblerCambridgeshireSWAVESEYCobbler's knee last: a thick piece of round wood with a rectangular socket at each end and an iron ring round it to stop the wood splitting; each socket fitted with a flat iron last, one adult and one child size. Length 72cms.
X.3105UnclassifiedHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONDeath mask of Oliver Cromwell: plaster cast showing face (bearded, presumably in his final illness), eyes closed, wart over the right eye; on round pedestal with decorated frieze round part of the front. Ht 302mm.
X.3106SportsNO PROVENANCEIron quoit: a cast iron ring convex above and concave below, stamped on the upper surface "5lb" and "S" and with four notches cut into the lower surface; diam. 154mm.
X.3107SportsNO PROVENANCEIron quoit: a cast iron ring convex above and concave below, stamped on the upper surface "5lb" and ?"RTS"; diam. 154mm.
X.3108SportsNO PROVENANCEIron quoit: a cast iron ring convex above and concave below, stamped on the upper surface "5lb" and "A" and with four notches cut into the lower surface; diam. 153mm.
X.3109SportsNO PROVENANCEIron quoit: a cast iron ring convex above and concave below, stamped on the upper surface "4½lb", ?"I. TIMMINS & SON" and ?"C 36" and with three notches cut into the lower surface; diam. 153mm.
X.3110SportsNO PROVENANCEIron quoit: a cast iron ring convex above and concave below, stamped on the upper surface "4½lb", ?"I. TIMMINS & SON" and "I 37" and with two notches cut into the lower surface; diam. 155mm.
X.3111SportsNO PROVENANCEIron quoit: a cast iron ring convex above and concave below, stamped on the upper surface "4½lb", ?"I. TIMMINS & SON" and "I 7" and with three notches cut into the lower surface; diam. 155mm.
X.3112SportsNO PROVENANCEIron quoit: a cast iron ring convex above and concave below, stamped on the upper surface "4½lb", ?"I. TIMMINS & SON" and "? 50" and with two notches cut into the lower surface; diam. 153mm.
X.3113SportsNO PROVENANCEIron quoit: a cast iron ring convex above and flat below, stamped on the upper surface "CC" and with two notches cut on the upper surface; diam. 154mm.
X.3114SportsNO PROVENANCEIron quoit: a cast iron ring convex above and flat below, with a circular stamp and two notches cut on the upper surface; diam. 154mm.
X.3115SportsNO PROVENANCEIron quoit: a cast iron ring convex above and flat below, thinner and more pitted than X.3106-14 with no visible stamps or marks; diam. 160mm.
X.3116SportsNO PROVENANCEIron quoit: a cast iron ring convex above and flat below, much bigger and heavier than X.3106-14; pitted and with no visible stamps or marks, like X.3115; diam. 208mm.
X.3117AdministrationHuntingdonshireLT STUKELEYPart of the rope used to hang Joshua Slade at Huntingdon on 1st September 1827: a short length of hemp rope with a loop worked on one end.
X.3118AdministrationHuntingdonshireLT STUKELEYA small piece of leather, said to be a piece of the skin of Joshua Slade, hanged 1st September 1827: an irregularly shaped piece of brown leather.
X.3119AdministrationHuntingdonshireLT STUKELEYSkull and jawbone, said to be - but almost certainly not - that of Joshua Slade, hanged 1st September 1827.
X.3120PotteryHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONJug of glazed grey ware: neck broken off, egg-shaped body with horizontal corrugations, flat loop handle, base expanded with a frill of thumb marks; grey fabric with clear glaze. Present ht. 149mm.
X.3121PotteryHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONSmall two-handled jar (tyg) of Cistercian ware: wide mouth with plain rim and round-sectioned loop handles; red ware with a brown glaze running down to cover most of the pot, with decoration of three roundels of yellow slip on each side. Ht. 95mm.
X.3122PotteryHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONOne-handled jar with glazed interior (pipkin): wide-mouthed jar with everted rim and pouring lip, with curved handle on one shoulder to allow easy pouring; hard pink gritted ware glazed on the inside only with a clear glaze. Ht. to rim 131mm.
X.3123PotteryHuntingdonshireST NEOTSOne-handled bowl: with everted rim and ridge round shoulder, loop handle from rim to waist; of thin pink-grey ware with brown glaze run down from the top but not covering the base; rim damaged. Ht. 135mm.
X.3124PotteryHuntingdonshireST IVESDelft ware jug: narrow neck with plain rim, one loop handle, egg-shaped body, narrow foot and everted base; white stoneware with a blue-white glaze decorated with foliage patterns in dark blue. Ht. 166mm.
X.3125PotteryHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCESquat jug of glazed stoneware: narrow neck with plain rim, reeded loop handle from rim to shoulder, globose body and expanded foot with thumb impressions round it; grey ware with grey-yellow-brown glaze. Ht. 134mm.
X.3148PotteryNO PROVENANCEBellarmine jug of grey ware, salt-glazed with fierce face on the neck and coat of arms on the body; two raised cordons round the mouth; handle broken off. Ht. 220mm.
X.3149PotteryHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERVery large, well made Bellarmine jug of salt-glazed grey ware, with fierce face on the neck, coat of arms supported by two lions on the body and a roundel with star and dots on each shoulder; moulded rings on the mouth, moulded handle with tapered panel below; all the decoration well made and detailed, the whole restored from sherds. Ht. 377mm.
X.3150BuildingsHuntingdonshireELLINGTONMost of a diamond-shaped glass pane from a window in Ellington church, inscribed with a diamond: "She to her Honor / Too unjust dos proue / Who darss not value it / aboue her loue / M : R 1674/5". Ht. 150mm.
X.3151MedicalHuntingdonshireST IVES19th century black leather case with brass fittings lined in red velvet. The case has small compartments holding 25 glass bottles that contain various medicines, pills and lotions, for domestic use. The case also contains a paper packet of plasters, two surgical dressings and a small glass measuring cylinder, 457mm long. Inside the case lid is the name "Kirby & Co, 14 Newman Street, London .W." Case 350 x 230 x 120mm.
X.3153AdministrationHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONModern plaster copy of a seal impression of the archdeaconry of Huntingdon: pointed oval seal showing scales above and decorated ?cushion below; inscription round the edge "SIGILLVM COMMISSARII ET OFFICIALIS ARCHIDIACONATVS HVNTINGTONIEN"; painted green, with cardboard and narrow strip of gold foil round the edge. Length 72mm.
X.3154AdministrationHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONModern plaster copy of an impression of the 1628 seal of the Borough of Huntingdon: circular seal showing stag, hounds and huntsman in front of a tree; inscription round the edge "SIGILLVM.COMMVNITATIS.DE.HVNTIRISOVNE 1628"; painted green, with cardboard and narrow strip of gold foil round the edge. Length 57mm.
X.3155AdministrationHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONModern plaster copy of an impression of the 1634 seal of the Borough of Huntingdon: small circular seal showing stag, hounds and huntsman in front of a tree; inscription round the edge "SIGILLVM.COMMVNITATIS.DE.HVNTIRISOVNE 1628"; painted green, with cardboard and narrow strip of gold foil round the edge. Length 33mm.
X.3161SkatingHuntingdonshireST IVESPair of skates and boots: skates with wooden foot-stock and steel blade stamped with details of Marsden Brothers of Sheffield and their greyhound trademark, with heel screw, three spikes and straps for fastening to the boots; the boots of black leather with cloth laces threaded through 13 pairs of eyelets. Overall length 33cms.
X.3163BuildingsHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEPair of cock's head hinges, of wrought iron with traces of some kind of white metal coating: the plates ending in distinctive cock's head shapes - one of the terminals of one of the hinges is broken off; five circular lobes round each central pin, six holes on each of the plates for fastening the hinge in position. Length 189mm.
X.3164UnclassifiedHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERWooden and ivory flute in a wooden box lined with green felt. The flute comes in 4 sections including a mouthpiece that has a brass patent plaque "Wheatstone, 128 Pall Mall"; two sections of the flute itself stamped "W. Bark London". Box 305mm by 125mm.
X.3165FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden yoke, painted green. "A.W. HASKIN" carved on back. Two leather straps with metal buckles at each end. Length 880mm.
X.3166FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden yoke with one remaining metal chain. Length 880mm.
X.3167FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden yoke with no straps or chains. Initials "AWA" carved on each side to front. Length 920mm.
X.3168FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden yoke with two metal chains. Metal brace screwed to back and small plate of metal screwed to front to strengthen. Length 880mm.
X.3169FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden yoke with one remaining metal chain. Leather strap bound round one end. Length 830mm.
X.3170FarmingHuntingdonshireSPALDWICKWooden flail. Handle with a bent-over wooden cap at the top and a shorter swingle for beating the corn, bound together with twisted leather thonging and leather cords. Length of handle 990mm, length of swingle 625mm.
X.3171FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEOne half of a wooden flail, probably the swingle as has a tapering end and no cap at the top. Leather thonging bound around the top. Length 790mm.
X.3172FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEOne half of a wooden flail, probably the handle as very long and with a bent over wooden cap at the top. Broken at the end. Leather thonging bound around the top. Length 1030mm.
X.3173FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEOne half of a wooden flail, probably the handle as very long and with a bent over wooden cap and leather thonging at the top. The initials "C A" carved on one side. Length 1200mm.
X.3174FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden flail. Handle in two broken parts with bent over wooden cap at top of longer piece. A shorter swingle for beating the corn, bound to handle with leather straps and thonging. Length of handle 690mm + 260mm. Length of swingle 740mm.
X.3175FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden mud scoop or claying spade. Made from three pieces of wood with two metal plates at the shovel head. Shovel head painted red. The initials "GS" carved three times. Length 1160mm, width of shovel head 200mm.
X.3176FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden mud scoop or claying spade. Made from two pieces of wood with metal brace and nails attaching head to handle. Shovel head painted red. Length 1360mm, width of shovel head 240mm.
X.3177FarmingHuntingdonshireWARBOYSWooden drainage shovel. Made from three pieces of wood with metal braces and nails attaching head to handle. The initials "JSW" carved on back of handle. Length 1200mm, width of shovel head 250mm.
X.3178FarmingHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERWooden mud scoop or claying spade. Made from two pieces of wood with metal braces and nails attaching head to handle. Shovel head broken. Back of shovel head painted green. Length 1100mm, width of shovel head 230mm.
X.3179FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden mud scoop or claying spade. Made from two pieces of wood with metal braces and nails attaching head to handle. Shovel head painted red and reinforced with a metal strip at blade edge. Length 1190mm, width of shovel head 230mm.
X.3180Crafts MaltsterHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden maltster's shovel made from one piece of wood. Length 1010mm, width of shovel head 290mm.
X.3181Crafts MaltsterHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden maltster's shovel made from one piece of wood. Length 1000mm, width of shovel head 315mm.
X.3182Crafts MaltsterHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden maltster's shovel made from one piece of wood. Length 855mm, width of shovel head 275mm.
X.3183Crafts MaltsterHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEProbably a wooden maltster's shovel originally made from one piece of wood but reinforced with six strips of metal nailed to back of shovel head and blade edge. Shovel head broken into two pieces. Length 960mm, width of complete shovel head 250mm.
X.3184Crafts ThatcherHuntingdonshireST NEOTSThatcher's tool made of two pieces of wood nailed together at a 30-degree angle and pierced through with three wooden prongs of increasing length. Width 525mm, length of longest prong 465mm.
X.3185Crafts ThatcherHuntingdonshireST NEOTSThatcher's comb or rake, made of a wooden handle with eight metal prongs nailed through it. Length 750mm.
X.3186Crafts ThatcherHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEThatcher's comb or rake, made of a wooden handle with nine metal prongs nailed through it. Length 810mm.
X.3187Crafts SaddlerHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden harness holder or saddle tree made from three pieces of wood nailed together to form a curved "H" shape. Two iron rings and leather straps attached. Width 460mm.
X.3188FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden shovel. Top part of handle broken off. Shovel head reinforced with two metal plates nailed in place. Length 875mm, width of shovel head at widest point 260mm.
X.3189FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEFen drainage spade. Made from two pieces of wood with an iron shoe attached to the blade. A rudimentary "H" and "X" carved into the handle. Length 1160mm, width of blade 130mm.
X.3190FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEFen drainage spade. Made from one piece of wood with an iron shoe attached to the blade. Length 1090mm, width of blade 140mm.
X.3191FarmingHuntingdonshireWARBOYSFen drainage spade. Made from one piece of wood with an iron shoe attached to the blade. Length 1015mm, width of blade 155mm.
X.3192FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEFen drainage spade. Made from one piece of wood with an iron shoe attached to the blade. The initials "JS" and "WC" carved into the handle. Length 1030mm, width of blade 150mm.
X.3193FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEFen drainage spade. Made from one piece of wood with an iron shoe attached to the blade. Length 1105mm, width 170mm.
X.3194FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden carrier or weighing balance. Made from one piece of wood with three notches carved equidistantly each side of one central notch. Length 560mm.
X.3195FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWooden carrier or weighing balance. Made from one, curved piece of wood with four notches carved equidistantly each side of one central notch. The initials "FCW" carved on one side. Length 1010mm.
X.3196FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEStubble rake made from three pices of wood. A "Y" shape construction at the head, with a metal collar reinforcing where it meets the handle. Broken handle and part of head missing. Five short iron tines remaining. Length 490mm.
X.3197FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEMuck rake with a handle made from one long natural piece of wood with an iron head that has three, long, heavy prongs or tines. Length 3197mm.
X.3198FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEHay rake with a handle made from one long piece of wood with an iron head that has three long prongs or tines. Length 3188mm.
X.3199FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEScythe, made up of a long wooden handle with shorter handle about one third of the way down it, fixed snugly onto the longer handle with a metal collar and a piece of leather wedged with two metal pins. Long metal blade set into the end of the handle at right angles. Short hessian strap attached to the top of the handle with string, for hanging from a wall. Length of long handle 890mm, of short handle 145mm, of blade 455mm.
X.3200Crafts ThatcherHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEThatcher's eaves knife. Made of a wooden handle with a large, wide metal blade set into the end. Handle broken, upper part missing. Length of remaining handle 270mm, of blade 864mm, width of blade 80mm.
X.3201Crafts ThatcherHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEThatcher's eaves knife. Made of a wooden handle with a large, wide metal blade set into the end. Handle broken, upper part missing. Length of remaining handle 750mm, of blade 755mm, width of blade 78mm.
X.3202FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEFarmer's or thatcher's knife. Made of a short wooden handle with a long, wide metal blade set into the end, curving to a point at the end. Length of handle 134mm, of blade 460mm, width of blade 45mm.
X.3203FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCERoot topper or turnip pick. Made of a long wooden handle (not original) with a metal attachment of two curved prongs bending at right-angles to their socket. Full length 1330mm.
X.3204FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCERoot topper or turnip pick. Made of a long wooden handle with a metal attachment of two curved prongs bending at right-angles to their socket. Full length 1310mm.
X.3205FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCELarge metal hoe, attached to a long wooden handle (not original - old Norris index card says handle is missing). Length of handle 1230mm, width of hoe 225mm.
X.3206FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEDocking iron for amputating a horse's tail. Made of two wooden handles with an iron cutting blade attached to each, bolted together at their ends to form a sort of hinge. Length of handles 355mm and 445mm, length of blades 310mm.
X.3207TransportHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEA long, wooden shunter's pole fitted with a metal socket with a curled coupling hook at the end. Stamped with a crest "SJ" with crown and star motifs and "England BR" (British Railways?). Full length 1565mm.
X.3208FarmingHuntingdonshireBUCKDENA wooden, almost square frame with has sixteen wooden spokes inserted round it and three across a base frame to form a basket shape. The side pieces of the lower frame are extended to form handles. One of the spokes is broken. Full length 725mm, depth 260mm, width 390mm.
X.3209BuildingsHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEA Y-shaped metal hook for removing burning thatch from a roof. A short piece of a wooden handle remains in the metal socket. Length 535mm.
X.3210BuildingsHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEA Y-shaped metal hook with socket for attaching to a wooden handle, used for removing burning thatch from a roof. Length 335mm.
X.3211Crafts WheelwrightHuntingdonshireST NEOTSAdze with a long wooden handle with slight S-curve and a squared off end onto which is fitted at a right angle, an arched metal adze with a square socket. There is a maker's stamp on the adze. The handle has been previously varnished. Handle length 790mm, adze length 270mm, width 110mm.
X.3212Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEAdze with a long wooden handle onto which is fitted at a right angle a metal adze, held on with a metal spike and three screws. The handle has been previously varnished. Handle length 945mm, adze length 235mm, width 115mm.
X.3213Crafts ButcherHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEPole-axe made up of a long wooden handle onto which is fitted at a right angle, a "chopper head" axe. The handle has been previously varnished. Handle length 905mm, axe length 310mm.
X.3214Crafts CooperHuntingdonshireST NEOTSCooper's shave or "jigger": a heavy, curved metal blade onto which is fitted, at a right angle, a short wooden handle. Maker's stamps on inside of the blade (undecipherable). Length of handle 1230mm, of shave 410mm.
X.3215FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCESack carrier: two parallel pieces of wood that serve as handles for two people, with two wooden rungs and one iron rung inserted between them, like a ladder. Length 760mm.
X.3216Crafts CooperHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCECooper's driver: a short wooden haft onto which a heavy metal wedge, with a grooved end, is fixed. A metal band is fixed round the top of the haft. Length 230mm.
X.3217CostumeHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONA walking stick: long, slim, varnished wood, with an embossed silver top or knob with floral designs and engraved "For Grandpapa". Length 950mm.
X.3218CostumeHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONA walking stick: long, slim, varnished wood with a metal tip, and top of polished green and red stone. "W SLARK, MAKER" stamped on side at top. Length 877mm.
X.3219CostumeHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONA ladies' riding crop made of flexible lengths of cane stained black, twisted and bound together. Decorated at the top with a twisted circle of cane from which hang two cord tassles. Length 930mm.
X.3220CostumeHuntingdonshireKIMBOLTONDecorative top for a walking stick made from glazed white china hand painted with a blue and yellow floral design. "TEMPS ET MOI" and "Nadaud, Paris" also painted on. Length 74mm.
X.3221CostumeHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCESturdy wooden walking stick with a metal tip and narrow metal band round the base and another band round the top. A short leather strap is threaded through a hole at the top. Painted red along most of its length. Length 860mm.
X.3222CostumeHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEWalking stick or carriage crop: a long, slim, varnished piece of wood that gradually tapers along its length. The end has a metal tip. A decorative top once fitted to the plain, unvarnished top of the stick, now missing. There is a small hole at the top through which might be threaded a cord or handle of some sort. Half way along are two nails to which are attached some frayed remnants of ribbon. Length 1250mm.
X.3223CostumeHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEPossibly a walking stick holder or topper, made or turned cone of stained wood that tapers along its length, hollowed out in the centre, with a small decorative finial at the end. One long strip of cane has been fastened at each end to form a sort of handle. Length 345mm.
X.3224Crafts CooperHuntingdonshireST NEOTSA cooper's plane: three semi-circular pieces of wood sandwiched together with three metal screws. One piece is larger than the other two and has been carved into two points or handles at each end. Three small metal plates are screwed onto the lower edge of each handle and above the arc of the other pieces of wood. One handle has a hole made through it, probably to thread a leather thong or piece of string for hanging up. A metal blade is inserted into the outer, smaller semicirle of wood and held in place with a wooden wedge. Length 340mm.
X.3225CostumeHuntingdonshireHARTFORDWig curler: small dumbbell-shaped piece of white pottery. Length 74mm.
X.3226CostumeHuntingdonshireNO PROVENANCEWig curler: small dumbbell-shaped piece of white pottery. Length 55mm.
X.3227CostumeHuntingdonshireST NEOTSHalf of a wig curler: small dumbbell-shaped piece of white pottery. Length 32mm.
X.3228CostumeHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERWig curler: small dumbbell-shaped piece of white pottery. Length 69mm.
X.3229FarmingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSA wooden former for moulding field drainage pipes: like a large fork, with a handle with a metal collar round the end, into which is inserted a metal plate. Bolted through the plate with three nuts and bolts is another piece of wood with four tapering prongs of wood screwed into it. Handle length 495mm, length of head with prongs 360mm.
X.3229 (contd.)FarmingHuntingdonshireST NEOTS
X.3230Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSA carpenter's spokeshave: a piece of wood carved into the shape of two handles. A removeable metal blade fits into a slot between the handles, held by two metal prongs inserted into two holes. A hole has also been made through one handle, probably to thread a leather thong or piece of string for hanging up. "J.TIPLER/T" stamped into the wood. Length 330mm.
X.3231Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSA carpenter's or joiner's plane: three parallel lengths of wood with two short wooden handles through them at right angles, held firmly in place by metal nails and wooden wedges. A large metal blade is nailed to the outer length of wood and cutting diagonally through this from the top of the plane is another sharp, narrow blade that extends below the sole of the plane, also held in place by a wooden wedge. "TS" carved into one side. Length 253mm, length of handles 170mm.
X.3232Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSAn auger: a long metal rod with a concave, scoop-shaped blade at the end, set into the middle of a turned wooden handle at right angles. Length of rod and blade 350mm, length of handle 370mm.
X.3233Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSAn auger with no handle. A long metal rod with a concave, scoop-shaped blade and a tang at the other end. The letter "T" stamped on one side. Length 390mm.
X.3234Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSA rounder plane: two semicircular pieces of wood, sandwiched and held together by two adjustable long metal screws with butterfly nuts. One of the pieces of wood has been turned to create two short handles either side of it and hollowed out through the centre into which a square metal blade is inserted and held in place with two nuts and bolts. Overall length 310mm.
X.3235Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSA stail engine: a small block of carved wood with two short, carved handles either side. The block is hollowed out in the middle and a long, moveable metal blade that extends beyond each side of the block is fastened into the centre with a nut and bolt. The block is painted red on the underside. The blade is cast with the maker's name and jester's head logo "I. SORBY Warranted cast steel" (Sheffield). Length 220mm.
X.3236Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSA rounder plane: a block of wood carved into a semi-circular shape with two short handles either side. The block is hollowed out in the middle and on one side a metal blade is attached with a nut and bolt. Length 225mm.
X.3237Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSA rounder plane: a block of wood carved into a semi-circular shape with two short handles either side. The block is hollowed out in the middle and on one side a metal blade is attached with a nut and bolt. Length 205mm.
X.3238Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEA chisel: a heavy, metal blade with a hollow haft set onto a short wooden handle. Length 260mm.
X.3239Crafts WheelwrightHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEA large wooden wedge, carved from one piece of wood, tapering with a short handle. Width 85mm, length 430mm.
X.3240Crafts WheelwrightHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEA spokeshave carved from a block of wood with handles either side and a hole bored through the centre. A wooden wedge or peg fits into this hole which would once have held a metal blade. Painted red on one side. Length 355mm.
X.3241FarmingHuntingdonshireST NEOTSA stone breaker's hammer: a long, carved wooden handle onto which is fixed a heavy, lozenge-shaped metal hammer head with a hole in the middle into which the handle is wedged. Length 770mm.
X.3242Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEA cabinet maker's clamp: two identically shaped blocks of wood, or "jaws", with holes bored into them through which they are held together by two long wooden screws. Length of jaws 225mm, of screws 375mm.
X.3243Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEA cabinet maker's clamp: two identically shaped blocks of wood, or "jaws", with holes bored into them through which they are held together by two long wooden screws. Length of jaws 225mm, of screws 365mm.
X.3244FarmingHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEA drain scoop: a long, naturally shaped wooden handle, broken off at the end, with a curved metal scoop attached by a haft screwed onto the handle at right angles. Length of existing handle 1420mm. Length of scoop 260mm, width 130mm.
X.3245SportsNO PROVENANCEHead and part handle of a croquet mallet: a turned piece of wood with a central hole through which a wooden handle is inserted and wedged. The head has a flat striking surface at one end, rounded at the other. Length 210mm.
X.3246DomesticNO PROVENANCEWooden scale model of a communal village mangle and press, made from lengths of dowelling joined together on four sides to form a box or crate shape. On top of this is nailed a length of wood to give a flat surface, on top of which rests another, heavy, oblong piece of wood that can be moved across the other by means of a wodden roller fixed to the middle of the model, to which it is attached by pieces of string. Length 325mm, ht 210mm, width 148mm.
X.3247Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshire?NO PROVENANCEA measuring stick: a flat, wedge-shaped piece of wood, tapering along its length. The numbers 0 to 6 are inscribed into the wood at 55mm intervals towards the tapering end, and from 0 to 2 at 55mm intervals to the wider end and on both sides. A small hole has been bored through the stick at the number 0. Length 500mm.
X.3248SportsHuntingdonshireEARITHA basketwork eel trap, now in three pieces: the mouth, with the inward-pointing spikes that stop the eel escaping once it's inside; the top, with wooden stopper to keep the bait inside the trap; and part of the bulbous middle section; all woven from rods of (presumably) willow. Current lengths approx 31cms, 40cms & 16cms.
X.3249BuildingsNO PROVENANCEA roof finial in the shape of a church steeple: of yellow-grey brick with rounded hollow at the bottom for fitting over the ridge; above that a square-sectioned "tower" with four openings like church windows, one of them with a round top the other three with triangular tops, and above that the broken stump of a spire with the remains of another window-shaped opening. Present ht. 405mm.
X.3250BuildingsHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONPart of a semi-circular-sectioned ridge tile, with a loop (and the broken stump of another one) running along the top, sandy yellow-pink ware. Present length 160mm.
X.3251BuildingsHuntingdonshireSAWTRYPart of a ridge tile, semi-circular in section, of sandy yellow-pink ware. Present length 208mm.
X.3252BuildingsNO PROVENANCEPart of an iron weathervane or roof decoration, cast in the silhouette shape of an old crone with warty nose in a bonnet bending over shrubs with a watering can and with two prongs for fixing. Length 440mm, height 405 mm.
X.3253DomesticNO PROVENANCECast iron fire tongs or coal grips with barley-twist stems / handles and incised criss-cross decoration. Length 610mm.
X.3254FarmingHuntingdonshireGT STUKELEYThin, curved steel sickle blade with tang for attaching to a handle. Length of blade 630mm.
X.3255CraftsHuntingdonshireST NEOTSWrought iron thatcher's needle made from one straight length of iron, pointed or barbed at one end, with a short iron handle or plunger at the other and one semi-circular shaped length of iron also with a pointed end, riveted together with a metal plate to form a capital "P" shape. Badly rusted but with remains of what was probably a sprung piece of metal riveted onto the curved section. There are notches in each of the pointed ends to allow for threading of the thatcher's twine.
X.3256CraftsNO PROVENANCEProbably a butcher's weighing steel, made from one piece of iron with eight notches along its length, a hook at one end and a loop at the other. Length 565mm.
X.3257BuildingsNO PROVENANCESun fire insurance plaque made of tin. Diameter 160mm.
X.3258BuildingsHuntingdonshireGODMANCHESTERSun fire insurance plaque made of lead, bottom edge missing. Diameter 150mm.
X.3259BuildingsHuntingdonshireHUNTINGDONRoyal Exchange fire insurance plaque made of lead. "Raits Cottage, Huntingdon. B.P.Carter 1931" written on back. Length 225mm.
X.3260BuildingsNO PROVENANCENorwich Union fire insurance plaque with the image of Britannia (?) made of tin. Length 250mm.
X.3261BuildingsNO PROVENANCEThe blade of a clay spade as used in brickmaking. Blade has been cast as a three-pronged fork shape in one piece and a separate metal plate has been riveted onto the prongs at one end. There is a metal haft with a nail for attaching a handle. The named "D.Dean" stamped into it. Length 530mm.
X.3262Crafts CarpenterHuntingdonshireST NEOTSTool for making nails made from one heavy, tapering length of iron with an oblong shape cut out of one end. Length 330mm.
X.3263CostumeItalyROMEOne iron spur consisting of a curved metal heel band or yoke that goes around the heel of the rider's boot onto which is riveted a shorter piece of metal known as the shank or neck, this has a revolving spiked wheel or rowel fitted onto it. Length 255mm.
X.3265BuildingsNO PROVENANCEProbably a piece of lead pipe or guttering decorated with floral shapes, roundels and crosses. The letters "RON/W DALL" stamped on the back. Length 135mm.
X.3266MedicalA heavy brass pestle and mortar. The mortar is decorated with a band of floral motifs around its middle. It is damaged with a hole in one side. Height of mortar 105mm. Length of pestle 210mm.
X.3734Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdon32 High St.Inkwell. Red paste with black core. Traces of brown glaze.
X.3737Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdonCorner George St. and Swan LanePipkin of light red ware, glazed inside with spout and straight handle. 18th century.
X.3742Post MedievalHuntingdonshireSt. IvesBellarmine jug. Late 16th-17th century.
X.3743Post MedievalHuntingdonshireGodmanchesterPost St.Lower half of German stoneware jug. 17th century
X.3751Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHemingford Greysherd yellow and black glazed ware Staffs slipware 1700-1800
X.3752Post MedievalHuntingdonshireRamseyCostrel Glazed red earthenware. 1600-1800
X.3779Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdon2 glazed fragments( 1x staffordshire slipware 1700-1800)
X.3780Post MedievalHuntingdonshireSt. NeotsChurch St.2x joining green glazed sherds.
X.3786Post MedievalHuntingdonshireRamseyOpposite Great Northern Railway stationGlazed red earthenware costrel. (water bottle) 1600-1800
X.3787Post MedievalHuntingdonshireSawtryGlazed red earthenware porringer (handled bowl) 1650-1800 Most likely mid 18th century. (see notes)
X.3873Post MedievalHuntingdonshireAbbots RiptonHall Cottagesgun flint 15th-19th c.
X.3874Post MedievalHuntingdonshireAbbots RiptonHall Cottages3 sherds: 2 joining red fabric painted with white slip on outer surface; 1 body sherd with incised design of horizontal parallel lines overlaid with an X.
X.3879Post MedievalHuntingdonshireGodmanchesterRecreation groundFragment of candlestick. Red fabric with large rounded calcareous inclusions, traces of brown glaze
X.3894Post MedievalHuntingdonshireGodmanchesterConey Close2 rims with internal brown glaze, orange fabric, wheel made: 1 upright; 1 with groove for lid, 2 grooves below rim.
X.3895Post MedievalHuntingdonshireGodmanchesterFox House Garden, near river.Body and rim sherd of glazed plate. White slip with brown design painted over, glazed yellow. Green splodges due to copper particles (in slip?). Thumbed rim, red fabric.
X.3907Post MedievalHuntingdonshireEynesburyWeald (Chapel)6 fragments of stoneware cup 16th c. all joining. Pale grey stoneware with pale grey glaze from context 39, 6” down
X.3928Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdonSite of new Kinema 193311 assorted sherds. Internally glazed rim and spout of small bowl, red paste, ribbed sides. Handle and rim of jar having olive green and brown glaze, mostly weathered away, traces of brown glaze internally. 2 joining sherds of red paste with green mottled glaze, forming a large dish. 2 bases of Midlands purple drinking vessels 1 rim sherd cistercian ware.
X.3932Post MedievalCambridgeshireCambridgeTrumpington StreetPot, 18th century. Coil formed base, partly glazed on the inner surface. Everted rim. Stained with soot.
X.3934post medievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdonWaldens RoadSherd of green glazed earthenware
X.3936Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdonPriory GroveFragment of red earthenware base or lid.
X.3937Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdonSite of KinemaWhite glazed, cream earhenware pedestalled bowl or lamp.
X.3938Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdonSpout. Green glaze on buff paste.
X.3939Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdonGrammer School4 fragments of 2 glass bowls. 3 joining. All highly weathered externally, originally clear green glass.
X.3940Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdonGrammer SchoolStoneware fragment.Impressed decoration of armorial bearing lions rampartwith horizontal bars in alternate quarters.15th -16th century
X.3963Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdonRing road site 19635 glazed sherds. Pipkin handle painted with green, black and yellow stripes of slip and glazed internally with brown glaze 17th century. Sherd with green and yellow glaze. Sherd of Staffordshire slipware, brown pattern of yellow background (late 17th century). Sherd of victorian pottery, blue pattern on white. Plate sherd, red paste, thick brownn glaze on inner surface, (early 17th century).
X.3967Post MedievalHuntingdonshireWoodhurst3 sherds of glazed red earthenware (18th-19th c.). 2 joining pieces of a plate have pattern of white drizzled slip overglazed in yellow. The other is an upright thickened rim of a bowl with brown glaze on the internal and external surfaces. The rim has a central groove.
X.3970Post MedievalHuntingdonshireRamsey9 sherds: one glazed red earthenware; 2 joining base sherds.
X.3978Post MedievalHuntingdonshireNeedingworthGravel Pit2 sherds; brown sherd with brown glaze; buff lid sherd with 2 black slip lines.
X.3981Post MedievalUnknown2 pieces lightly weathered glass. One piece window and one piece bottle. Original entry indicates more pieces of bottle glass now lost.
X.3982Post MedievalHuntingdonshireSt. NeotsMarket SquareLead sheet with regular spaced holes, 2 pieces. 3 holes at one end with evidence of washers suggesting that it was attached to something.
X.3984Post MedievalHuntingdonshireSt.NeotsMarket SquareFragment of iron implement and half a horseshoe.
X.3991Post-MedievalHuntingdonshireSt.NeotsMarket Square29 assorted sherds: 5 sherds Staffordshire slipware, yellow glaze with brow feathered design. 2 cup or bowl sherds with part of their base attached. One pressed plate sherd with the letter A standing pround from thefrom the surfacwe.. 18th c.?
X.3992Post MedievalHuntingdonshireSt. NeotsMarket SquareNeck and rim of bellarmine bottle with face on neck. 8cm high. Rim and neck of earthenware bottle with brown salt glaze.7.5cm high.Late 17th to early 18th century.
X.3993Post MedievalHuntingdonshireSt.NeotsMarket Square2 cup sherds of cistercian ware. Black-brown glaze with yellow slip.
X.3994Post MedievalHuntingdonshireSt.NeotsMarke Square20 assorted sherds: 1 pot of German stoneware (16th c.); 9 sherds glzed red earthenware; 3 unglazed sherds; 2 cup sherds of brown glaze on fine red earthenware, one with yellow slip.
X.4014Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdonOrchard LaneRim, neck and shoulder of large jar. Grey paste, red outside, shell tempered. Finger impressions on straight everted rim 13th-14th century.
X.4015Metals Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHuntingdon2 iron horseshoes, heavily weathered. One has caulkins and square nail holes situated in a grooove running around the edge of the shoe.The other shoe has a concave surface, 4 square holes on each side and broad branches. Evidence of caulkins broken off.
X.4044Post MedievalHuntingdonshireHemingford GreyManor House7 sherds of glazed pottery. Jug rim, red paste, extenally glazed with patches of a light green glaze and internally galzed with a light brown. Base sherd of hard grey paste, oxidised externally, glazed in pale green internally and externally. Also everted rim sherd, body sherd with thumb print, large strap handle and small strap handle of same fabric. 2 sherds of unglazed similar fabric. Rim sherd of red/ brown surfaces with mica-rich grey core. A splash of brown glaze on external surface.
X.4059ArchaeologyHuntingdonSalomeLodge Chapel TL/1227755 sherds of green glazed roof tile, grey fabric, oxidized on inner surface. 3 pieces joining to make a curved ridge tile fragment. One piece of ridge tile with a crenellation. Tiles varying from 7-12mm thick. Also a sherd of grey pottery with green glaze. Fragment of painted plaster.
X.4103ArchaeologyHuntingdonshireGodmanchesterVicarageWig curler of pipeclay found on the site of Godmanchester Vicarage during rebuilding 1926. length 85mm. Early 1700s.
X.4110ArchaeologyHuntingdonshireGodmanchesterOld Court HallMisc. items dug up from garden - 6 fragments of iron? wire; 1 copper alloy button; 1 v. small fragment of shelly pot - 14 mm long max.; 3 fragments of copper alloy wire (Roman jewellery?); fragment of disc brooch with concentric ring decoration?
X.4119ArchaeologyHuntingdonshireBluntisham4 beads and one pottery bead/ spindle whorl of salt-glazed sotneware, tan in colour. 29mm diameter, bore 9mm widening to 11mm (18th c.).Bead 1: 8mm x 7mm (widest) opaque turquoise wound glass, the bead fattens in the middle, bore 1mm. Bead 2: opaque colbalt blue glass, slightly flattened shpere 12mm diameter x 8mm, bore 3mm. Bead 3: opaque black and white circumferencially striped glass, flattened sphere, 15mm (widest) x 5.5mm, bore 4mm. Bead 4: amber, faceted sphere, 12mm diameter, 1.5mm bore. Bead 5: soapstone (?) white transluscent, crudely faceted flattened sphere, 11mm x 8mm, bore 4mm.
X.4386ArchaeologyHuntingdonshireSt.NeotsPriory13 sherds of a sandy orange fabric with an externl green glossy glaze. Tempered with occasional pieces of flint.
X.4387ArchaeologyHuntingdonshireSt.NeotsPriory42 sherds of hard orange to pale pink fabric with mottled orange and olive green glaze over which brown stripes have been painted.Wheel made. (1200-1500)
X.4388ArchaeologyHuntingdonshireSt.NeotsPriory17 sherds of cistercian type ware: Part of a 2 handled cup in 8 sherds that flares out to the rim, base diameter approx. 6cm, red fabric covered in a purple slip on the inside and shint dark brown to black glaze on the outer surface. The glaze covers the internal surface to just belw where the cup flares out. 3 cup rim sherds of dark grey fabric covered inside and out in dark brown glaze.The body of the cup is 1.5mm thick. 3 rim sherds of cups, dark red fabric, dark brown glaze over a purple slip. 2 sherds of a red fabric with dark brown, glaze with a rough feel. Base of red fabric with a smooth glaoosy brown glaze, base diameter 6cm. A base and rim sherd with handle attached from a cup of red fabric with a glaze of mid brown. 2 rim sherds of a dark grey fabric with a black galze that has weathered to appear shiny. (early 16th c.)Also 1 sherd of SE fen late medieval calcarous buff ware - flat topped rim sherd.
X.4389ArchaeologyHuntingdonshireSt.NeotsPriory2 sherds of white fabric with a blue underglaze pattern. Labelled 'Alter vase fragments'.Imported. (early 16th century)
X.4390ArchaeologyHuntingdonshireSt.NeotsPrioryBase of opaque glass vessel, 43mm diameter.
X.4393ArchaeologyHuntingdonshireSt.NeotsPrioryRim of hard buff coloured pottery, square profile, orange glaze on outside, splashed with green. Rim of pale orange fabric, square profile, having a smooth olive green glaze. Rim of orange fabric covered in white slip on the inner and outer surface. Rod shaped handle in 2 pieces, stabbed with circular holes, pale orange fabric. Rim of buff fabric, square profile and body sherd of buff fabric both with traces of degraded glaze. Body sherd of buff fabric with mottled green glaze on the outer edge and a raised 'ladder' decoration.
X.4714EthnographySouth AfricaOstrich egg. Circumference (middle) 440mm, circumference (top/bottom) 470mm, dark cream colour with speckled areas, 17mm hole to top. Marked 269 crossed through, 285, Ostrich S.Africa 1845. Several other words illegible.
X.4715EthnographyZuluZulu beer skimmer made of woven wicker, spoon shaped base with plaited and twisted handle. Length 380mm, width of spoon base 80mm. Marked Zulu, 276, 1333.
X.4716EthnographySouth AfricaOrnamented gourd. Circumference (middle) 340mm, circumference (top/bottom) 390mm, 12mm hole to top. Dark tan colour decorated in black poker work with flower, leaves, two elephants, patterns. Marked 1540 (crossed through), 282, S Africa, Tillard.
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