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Record ID: CORN-AB65E5
Object type: TOY
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast solid lead head from a male figurine that was probably part of a toy with a hat with a broad rim. The hat is similar to that seen on toy figurines of boy scouts made by William Britain, as seen in records NLM-A1ADDA and NLM-011B3F, which are dated from c.1910-1939. Britains started producing similar figurines of farmers in the 19th century but these were hollow cast. There is a casting seam running around the side of the head from the break at the neck around the top of the hat to the other side. This suggests that the piece was not finished as this seam would have been filed dow…
Created on: Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Last updated: Sunday 26th June 2016
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Record ID: CORN-6138A6
Object type: BELL
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
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Nickel or chrome-plated cast copper alloy fragment of a reception bell with a slightly everted border around the base which is 6 mm in height and 2 mm thick. The surface is encrusted with corrosion product, but there are still large areas of white base metal which has been applied using electoplating as it is very thin. The central area of the crown or top of the bell is missing which would have had the button to depress in order to ring the bell. The base of the bell is also missing, but the diameter of 67 mm and profile suggest that this is a fragment of something similar to example…
Created on: Monday 25th January 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 26th January 2016
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Record ID: CORN-3CF5C3
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An early 20th century cast lead alloy seal from a Johnny Walker whiskey bottle or case. The seal displays the arms and crest of Kilmarnock on both faces, consisting of a shield with squirrels as supports, and a crest of a hand of benediction above. Similar examples of such seals are recorded on the PAS database, including: HAMP-EEC1B1, KENT-561BA6, LIN-05F723 and LON-311872. A detailed report for such seals can be found in LIN-05F723: The following identification is kindly provided by Paul Cannon: A lead seal, probably a 'Johnnie Walker whisky bottle'. The seal has a full coa…
Created on: Monday 11th January 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 13th January 2016
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Record ID: CORN-3C42E1
Object type: PIPE TAMPER
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete cast copper alloy pipe tamper in the form of a lady tilting her head to her left and holding her arms behind her back with hands clasped. The figure is dressed in a full-length fitted dress that spirals around her legs into a complete swirl, and has her long hair tied up into a central top bun in a style that suggests that the tamper was made at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, c.1890-1910. The figure is missing its base which would have been smaller in diameter and attached to the central rivet that still remains, and then been used to push or 'tamp' the tobacco d…
Created on: Saturday 25th January 2014
Last updated: Monday 27th January 2014
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Record ID: CORN-6134F2
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead steelyard weight, square in plan and profile, forming a cube, with an inserted copper wire suspension loop. The wire is 1.5mm in diameter and therefore a similar diameter to copper wire used in electrical cabling in the post-war period. The weight weighs 45.69g which equates to 1.61 ounces averdepois and so is not very specific or accurate which perhaps suggests that the weight might have been suspended from fishing nets, rather than a steelyard. Biggs and Withers (2000) illustrate a hemispherical steelyard poise with an iron loop at the top on page 32, No.76, but this is …
Created on: Tuesday 3rd September 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 29th October 2013
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Record ID: CORN-7B1C24
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead two-part bag seal, used for flour, made up of two circular discs joined by a rectangular connecting strip with embossed lettering on both discs. The obverse reads: J.H. TREVITHICK & SONS above ROLLER MILLS HAYLE in three lines; and the reverse reads: ONE AND ALL with each of the three words alligned with the outside of an angle of an equilateral triangle, and an 'X' in the centre of the triangle. On one edge there are two smaller rectangular slots for a string to pass through the centre of the seal, and on the opposite edge there is one, larger slot. John Harvey Trevithick…
Created on: Wednesday 24th April 2013
Last updated: Saturday 27th April 2013
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Record ID: CORN-6F52A3
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Cast lead fabric weight, used for holding down the hem or a curtain or possibly a skirt. Flat and circular, with two central circular holes and an incised line about 1 mm in from the edge which runs within the circumference as a border. It has been bent since its loss. Despite looking like a button, these weights were and are used to weigh down the hems of curtains, and perhaps also skirts. Examples can be seen on page 83 of Bailey's (2004) Buttons and Fasteners. They seem to come into use perhaps in the eighteenth century, and are still available to buy today.
Created on: Saturday 30th March 2013
Last updated: Thursday 1st October 2015
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Record ID: CORN-6F39B7
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead bag seal with a clearer reverse depicting a crowned ornate shield with quartered arms, possibly of England, within a wreath and the inscription ...OIN... within a raised linear concentric border. The obverse is very worn but possibly depicts a head with long hair facing right, perhaps of George III (1760-1820), who does also have this style of crown and shield on his coins, and wreaths on his coin weights, with the inscription ...ANA...NVI... within a raised linear concentric border. The shape of the shield and the wreath suggests that it may also be French like seals illust…
Created on: Saturday 30th March 2013
Last updated: Saturday 13th April 2013
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Record ID: CORN-891FE6
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy trade weight, circular in plan with an internal recessed face with an incuse stamp of the Duchy of Cornwall coat of arms at 12 o'clock, over an incised central circle. The Duchy coat of arms consists of a triangular shield with 15 circular discs or 'bezants' in five rows, with 5 bezants at the top and 1 at the bottom, which supposedly derives from the Byzantine gold coins used to release the Duke of Cornwall from the Saracens during the Crusades. The Duchy stamp would have been used to identify the weight when it was used locally, in the provinces. The object weighs …
Created on: Thursday 7th March 2013
Last updated: Thursday 21st March 2013
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Record ID: CORN-8DEA84
Object type: WEIGHT
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper alloy circular one drachm apothecary weight, used to weigh mediciines, probably made by Peter Rogers & Company of Birmingham, c.1852 onwards. The obverse has the St Edward's Crown with the inscription 'APOTHECARIES [WEIGHT]'. The reverse shows the denomination in traditional symbols (appearance similar to '3j') and has the inscription 'ONE DRAM'. The designs on both sides are contained within plain inner and beaded outer circles. The spelling 'DRAM' was replaced by 'DRACHM' circa 1890-1900, in order to mark the difference between the apothecaries and averdepois units. The apoth…
Created on: Saturday 23rd February 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 27th February 2013
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Record ID: CORN-8CBC91
Object type: SPOON
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast pewter handle from a large spoon, with a rounded terminal and plain upper face and a tapering mid rib on the back of the handle. On the back of the stem are four stamps within separate oblong reserves, one reads 'THOMAS' and next to it the 'Y' of 'YATES', and on the other side of the mid-rib, the words 'STEEL' and then 'WIRE'. Thomas Yates was a pewterer between 1849 and 1882, based in Birmingham, which was a centre for the production of pewter during the 19th century. With the pewter trade declining in vessels, the pewterers had to be resourceful and exploit new opportunities, p…
Created on: Saturday 23rd February 2013
Last updated: Tuesday 26th February 2013
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Record ID: CORN-8A97F8
Object type: CLASP
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Stamped sheet copper alloy belt clasp, part of a pair, with an eye which would have attached to a corresponding hook, or may have been sewn on to clothing. The clasp has a rectangular eye, 38 mm long and 2 mm wide, which tapers to an inner edge with five arches, echoed in the outer edge in a semi-circular formation, and joined by sides stamped with an inner and outer border of pellets. Within this frame, there is openwork decoration consisting of two birds in flight, one above the other, flying towards a swastika with outer edges at right angles, which connect with a strap to the side…
Created on: Saturday 23rd February 2013
Last updated: Monday 25th February 2013
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Record ID: CORN-8A4DD3
Object type: HARNESS FITTING
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Silver-pated cast copper alloy harness guide, circular in plan and semi-circular in profile, with two integral projections or lugs on the back, one on each side, following the curvature of the guide. The upper face is decorated with a raised circular plain centre surrounded by ovate petals and a circle of pellets bordered by an incised circular line. The upper surface has some remains of the original silver plating and the copper alloy patina survives well across the majority of this surface. The back has two semi-circular arms or lugs which are 22.5mm long, 6 mm wide and 12 mm deep. …
Created on: Saturday 23rd February 2013
Last updated: Sunday 24th February 2013
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Record ID: CORN-BA4325
Object type: SEAL
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast lead two-part bag seal, used for flour, made up of two circular discs joined by a rectangular connecting strip. One disc has the initials 'H T P' with 'Co' to the side and 'Ltd' below, embossed on its face, which refers to the company "Hosken, Trevithick and Polkinghorne". The opposite disc has the letters 'X R W' embossed on its face which, if it had been 'J R W', might have referred to their first initials, but this is unlikely. In 1852, William Hosken of Carwin Farm, Phillack commenced milling at Loggans, a mill still standing, bearing the date 1852 on its south gable. It beca…
Created on: Wednesday 13th February 2013
Last updated: Saturday 27th April 2013
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Record ID: CORN-B82382
Object type: TOKEN
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Copper penny token of the Union Copper Company, Birmingham and Risca, dated to 1811 on the obverse. Obverse description: clasped hand in the centre with square cuffs and line of pellets above and 1811 below Obverse inscription: B[IRMIN]GHAM AND RISCA [COPPER COMPANY] / 1811 Reverse description: ONE / PENNY / TOKEN in three lines within circle, surrounded by legend Reverse inscription: PAY[ABL]E IN BIR[MIN]GH[AM] / ONE PENNY TOKEN Withers (1999) illustrates a similar example on page 69, No.296, which dates from 1811, has square cuffs on the obverse and appears to have the sa…
Created on: Wednesday 13th February 2013
Last updated: Sunday 17th February 2013
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Record ID: CORN-0C6965
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Pressed and stamped three-part, hollow-domed, copper alloy button with a separate wire attachment loop at the back which is slotted through the back plate. The front of the button depicts, in relief, a crown above a trefoil bow suspending a horn which represents the Light Infantry. The back of the button is very worn so that the backmark has almost gone, but there appears to be the letters for MORGAN and PLYMOUTH, so it is likely to be Cross & Morgan who were button makers in Stonehouse, Plymouth during the late 19th and the early 20th century. Ivall & Thomas (1974) illustrate a s…
Created on: Tuesday 18th December 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 19th December 2012
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Record ID: CORN-0BEA98
Object type: BUTTON
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy hollow-domed, die-cut, two-piece button, with a soldered circular wire attachment loop on the back. The front of the button is engraved with the device of the Plume of the Prince of Wales feathers and the motto 'ICH / DIEN' in a scroll on either side. The three feathers and the motto "lch Dien", German for "I Serve", go back to Edward (1330-1376), the eldest son of Edward III. He was known as the 'Black Prince' because he had his suit of armour painted black, a very unusual thing at the time. He later became the Prince of Wales and the three feathers and coronet have…
Created on: Tuesday 18th December 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 19th December 2012
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Record ID: CORN-0ACFB7
Object type: FERRULE
Broad period: MODERN
County: Devon
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Incomplete sheet copper alloy ferrule, oval in plan and U-shaped in profile, with textile still surviving within the metal shell. The ferrule is missing one side and has been flattened since being deposited, and would have originally been more circular in plan. There appears to be cross hatched strings, made of vegetable fibre, tied neatly around a package of compressed paper fibres, which have survived in the soil as they have been saturated by copper salts and protected but the copper alloy sheath (Laura Ratcliffe pers comm). The paper may have been used as wadding, but is more lik…
Created on: Thursday 6th December 2012
Last updated: Saturday 8th December 2012
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Record ID: CORN-F3E887
Object type: NUT CRACKERS
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast copper alloy nut cracker with curved handles, semi-circular in section, and turned arms, round in section, consisting of seven transverse moulded collars with alternating rouletted and plain ribs. Beyond the arms is the crushing box for the nut, which is made up of two chamfered levers, trapezoidal in section, with stamped decoration in the form of three fleurets flanked by a leaf either side, on the outer faces. The inside of the levers have raised 'V'-shaped mouldings in three rows of three each, to grasp the nut. These levers culminate in a circular hinge which is held by a c…
Created on: Wednesday 5th December 2012
Last updated: Saturday 8th December 2012
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Record ID: CORN-68F351
Object type: STRAP END
Broad period: MODERN
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Cast white metal strap end with rounded end and straight 'broken' side, which appears to be a cast copy of a broken Anglo-Scandinavian strap end. The back of the strap end has lumps of red and green corrosion product, which suggests it has been in the soil for at least 50 years, and a central raised lump which is not a rivet but copper alloy corrosion. The metal is very brittle and powders, unlike silver, and it looks to be a matt white metal alloy which would also explain the colour of the corrosion. The object has been troy tested and it is definitely base metal and not silver. It a…
Created on: Sunday 4th November 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 13th November 2012
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