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Hanging Salt Box

Material: Copper Dimensions: Height: 26cm / 10 ¼in, Width: 17.5cm / 6 ⅞in, Depth: 16.8cm / 6 ⅝in Place of Origin: Northern Europe, possibly Scotland Date: Dated 1769 Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private collection Explanation: This salt box...

Dutch Tobacco Box

Material: Brass and copper Dimensions: Length: 15.3cm / 6in, Width: 4.5cm / 1 ¾in, Depth: 3.3cm / 1 ¼in Place of Origin: Netherlands Date: Late 18th century Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private collection Explanation: Dutch tobacco boxes of...

Irish Circumferentor

Material: Copper alloy Dimensions: Diameter: 16.4cm / 6 ½in Place of Origin: Dublin, Ireland Date: Dated 1797 Maker or Retailer: Walker, Dublin Present Location: National Museum of Ireland (Collins Barracks, Dublin) Explanation: This device, known as a circumferentor, was used...

Memorial Fireback

Material: Cast iron Dimensions: Height: 83cm / 32 ⅝in, Width: 84cm / 33in Place of Origin: Probably Hamsell Furnace, Rotherfield, East Sussex, England Date: Dated 1582 Maker or Retailer: Possibly Robert Baker, ironmaster at Hamsell Furnace. His grave-slab, now...

Candle and Rushlight Holder

Material: Wrought iron Dimensions: Height: 14.3cm / 5 ⅝in, Width of base (max): 12.5cm / 4 ⅞in Place of Origin: England Date: Last quarter of the 17th century (possibly earlier) Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private collection Explanation: During...

16th Century Fireback

Material: Cast iron Dimensions: Height: 59.7cm, Width: 144.5cm Place of Origin: East Sussex, England Date: Early to mid-16th century, probably before 1535 Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Anne of Cleves House, 52 Southover High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7...

Footman

Material: Cast brass and wrought iron Dimensions: Width: 24.2cm / 9 ½in Place of Origin: Warrington, England Date: Probably early 19th century Maker or Retailer: Ainsworth Present Location: Private collection Explanation: The footman served the same purpose as the trivet,...

The Sandwich Steelyard Weight or Poise

Submitted by, and copyright of, Michael Finlay. Material: See main text Dimensions: Height: 12cm / 4 ¾in Place of Origin: Unknown Date: 14th century Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Sandwich Museum Explanation: Materials (analysis by X-ray spectrometry): Copper:  84.40%...

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