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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%...

A group of early European Pastry Jiggers

Submitted by, and copyright of, Michael Finlay. Material: Copper alloy, wrought iron Dimensions: Various: see main text Place of Origin: Various: see main text Date: 16th and 17th century Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private collections Explanation: Pastry jaggers,...

Silver-form Brass Coffee Pot

Material: Brass with residual silvering; fruitwood handle and finial. Dimensions: Height: 23cm / 9in Place of Origin: England Date: Circa 1755 Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private collection Explanation: This baluster-shaped brass coffee pot is of pure silver form...

Medieval Knives

Material: Various Dimensions: Various: see illustrations for scale Place of Origin: Recovered from the River Thames Date: Circa 1200 – circa 1500 Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private collection Explanation: During the medieval and later periods, small knives were...

Half-bushel Measure

Submitted by, and copyright of, Michael Finlay. Material: Bronze Dimensions: Height: 17.cm / 7 in high, Internal diameter: 36.5cm / 14.25in Place of Origin: UK, precise origin uncertain Date: Dated 1662 Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private collection Explanation:...

Inscribed Electroplated Teapot

Material: Silver electroplate on brass or nickel alloy Dimensions: Height: 13cm / 5 ⅛in Place of Origin: London, England Date: Circa 1890 Maker or Retailer: Maker’s mark R.P in an oval punch; probably Robert Pringle Present Location: Private collection Explanation:...

Trade Tokens

Submitted by, and copyright of, Michael Finlay. Material: Copper, brass Dimensions: Various Place of Origin: Cumberland & Westmorland, England Date: 17th century Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private collection Explanation: During the third quarter of the 17th century, after the...

The ‘Nostell Priory’ Dish

Material: Brass, originally silvered Dimensions: Diameter: 52cm / 20 ½in Place of Origin: London, England Date: Circa 1716 Maker or Retailer: Probably supplied by David Willaume I, silversmith Present Location: Private collection Explanation: This dish is of impressive size. It...

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