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Hand Implement

A member has asked if anyone can identify the use of this device. It is made of iron and measures approximately 16.5 ins (42 cms) in length.  It weighs 3 lbs 10ozs (1.65kg) and...

Wine Cistern

Materials: Copper. Dimensions: Length 50cm, depth 42cm, height 23cm (excluding handle attachments). Place of Origin: English/Dutch. Date: c1700. Maker/retailer: Probable maker’s mark of EB or ER (unidentified). Present Location: Unknown. Explanation: The traces of...

Henry Hartley

Henry Hartley’s trade card identified him as a “Smith to His Majesty” working in Bruton Mews which was near New Bond Street in London. The coat of arms is that of George III which...

Continental Cauldron

Materials: leaded bronze. Dimensions: height 15.25 cm / 6 in, diameter 13.5 cm / 5 ¼ in. Place of Origin: Low Countries. Date:  circa 1660. Maker: unknown. Present Location: private collection. Explanation Unlike the...

‘Dutch’ Style Fireback

Material: Cast iron. Dimensions: Width 47.5cm (1ft 6½ in) Height 72cm (2 ft 4 in) Thickness: 3.5cm (1½ in). Place of origin: Ashburnham Furnace, East Sussex, England. Date: 18th to early-19th century (before 1813)....

English Mortar

Material: Leaded bronze. Dimensions: Height: 5 5/8″ (14.3cm), Diameter: 6 7/8″ (17.5cm). Place of Origin: England. Date: circa 1550-1600. Maker or Retailer: Unknown. Present Location: Private Collection. Explanation: The simplicity of decoration and the...

Lever Nutcracker Combined with a Tobacco Stopper

Materials: Brass. Dimensions: length 10 cms. Place of Origin: England. Date: early 18th century. Maker: unknown. Present Location: Nutcracker Museum in Vilnius, Lithuania. Explanation: It was a long established custom for nuts to be...

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore, an Ironmonger from Stamford in Lincolnshire, published an advertisement in the Stamford Mercury on 24th April 1729 in which he listed what was probably the entire range of his stock:

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