Statuette of man in chair

Statuette of man in chair

Mid-Victorian statuette of man in chair, crudely painted and made in the Staffordshire potteries – possibly a fairing. There are signs that the head (missing) had, in the past, been cemented back on.
Souvenir cup, Lowestoft

Souvenir cup, Lowestoft

White ceramic cup displaying a red transfer-printed image of ‘The Pier & Beach, Lowestoft’. The handle is missing. Underneath, it is stamped ‘Made in Germany’.  ...
Eiffel tower bottle

Eiffel tower bottle

White glass moulded bottle in the shape of the Eiffel tower. A star of David is embossed on the base, containing an illegible two-digit numeral ending in 6. Bottles of this sort may have been sold containing liquor, fruit juices, or coloured sands as a souvenir....
Buddha statuette

Buddha statuette

Small ceramic meditating Buddha statuette with the base broken off. Possibly of foreign manufacture.
Cowrie shells

Cowrie shells

A large and a small cowrie shell. They may have been sold as souvenirs in shops on the seafront.
Toy ceramic chicken whistle

Toy ceramic chicken whistle

Treacle-glazed ceramic chicken whistle, made in a two-piece mould. There is a circular hole moulded in the chicken’s back, The tail is missing but would have had a hole to blow into.
Toy terra cotta whistle

Toy terra cotta whistle

Toy terra cotta whistle, moulded as a girl in continental European dress (missing her head and left arm). This view shows the air vent in the underside.
Toy terra cotta whistle

Toy terra cotta whistle

Toy terra cotta whistle, moulded in the form of a girl in continental European dress. Her head and left arm are missing.
Statuette head

Statuette head

Head of a female statuette, wearing a cap of the sort popular in the 1900s and 1910s. Decorated with green under-glaze wash on the cap.
Birds Ornament

Birds Ornament

Plain white ceramic ornament – part of a larger object – comprising three birds on a branch, possibly parrots. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Dolls’ House Tureen

Dolls’ House Tureen

Dolls’ house tureen, decorated with a blue band and thinner bands of gold, with scrolled handles, The lid is missing. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Dolls’ Plate

Dolls’ Plate

Chipped plain white ceramic plate from a dolls’ house or dolls’ tea set. The underside is shown in the photo. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Mystery Object

Mystery Object

Flat bone disc with a hole through the centre. Is it part of the teat fitting for a baby’s feeding bottle?
Large Doll’s Leg (Side View)

Large Doll’s Leg (Side View)

Large doll’s leg, with orange/ yellow boot and brown ribbon at the knee. The doll would have had a fabric body to which her ceramic limbs and head were attached. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Large Doll’s Leg

Large Doll’s Leg

Large doll’s leg, with orange/ yellow boot and brown ribbon at the knee. The doll would have had a fabric body to which her ceramic limbs and head were attached. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Lion Tureen Lid Knob

Lion Tureen Lid Knob

Knob/ handle from the top of a tureen lid, in the shape of a lion (poorly cast). From ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Doll’s Arm

Doll’s Arm

Doll’s arm, with some damage to the finger tips. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Clown Ornament

Clown Ornament

Ornament of a boy dressed as a clown. The base is broken off. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Dolls’ House Ewer

Dolls’ House Ewer

Mouded ewer (washstand jug) for a dolls’ house, with rib and dot design. Undamaged. Found amid domestic ash and refuse of the 1890s.
Female Statuette

Female Statuette

Broken statuette or ornament involving a woman or girl leaning over/ into an object, perhaps a large vessel. She wears a pink top, blue sash, white socks, blue shoes and a skirt decorated with flowers in green and red. Her legs are coloured in light flesh tones. The...
Staffordshire Dog

Staffordshire Dog

Pearlware Staffordshire dog’s head, holding a basket of flowers in its mouth, c. 1840. Discarded before 1883.
Pug Ornament

Pug Ornament

Small white ceramic pug ornament, with possible traces of brown/ red colouring. The pug is wearing a collar with three bells. The feet and base of the ornament are missing. Found amid London rubbish dumped on the Essex marshes.
Cat and Mouse Trinket Box Lid

Cat and Mouse Trinket Box Lid

Plain white ceramic trinket box lid, with the remains of a handle or ring holder (in the shape of tree roots/ branches) to the rear. A nest of mice has been disturbed by two cats. On the left the cat is missing. Its rear paws were on the tree, its fore-paws on the...
Nursery Rhyme Cup

Nursery Rhyme Cup

Part of the rim of a nursery rhyme cup, depicting the popular rhyme ‘This is the House that Jack Built’. These cups typically depicted two verses at a time, with an image on each side. Each cup was a different colour (e.g. brown, blue, green, red). A [full...
Cat Ornament (from above)

Cat Ornament (from above)

Small ceramic ornament in the shape of a table, with two cats peeking out from underneath. The top of the ornament, now damaged, had a row of three teacups and saucers with three tabby cats crouched over the top of them licking off the cream. Found amid ash and...
Cat Ornament

Cat Ornament

Small ceramic ornament in the shape of a table, with two cats peeking out from underneath. The top of the ornament, now damaged, had a row of three teacups and saucers with three tabby cats crouched over the top of them licking off the cream. Found amid ash and...
Faith, Hope and Charity Statuette

Faith, Hope and Charity Statuette

Plain white ceramic religious ornament involving three women/ angels carrying a cross, an anchor and a heart, these figure representing faith, hope and charity respectively. The base is damaged. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s.
Spaniel Statuette

Spaniel Statuette

Damaged statuette of a spaniel, with rudimentary colouring applied. From ash and domestic refuse, 1890s.
Savar’s Feeding Bottle (Underside)

Savar’s Feeding Bottle (Underside)

Baby’s bottle, embossed on one side ‘Savar’s Registered Feeding Bottle’, with the Savar’s trademark on the other. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s, although it may have been old when discarded. (Item inverted to show...
Savar’s Registered Feeding Bottle

Savar’s Registered Feeding Bottle

Baby’s bottle, embossed on one side ‘Savar’s Registered Feeding Bottle’, with the Savar’s trademark on the other. Found amid ash and domestic refuse of the 1890s, although it may have been old when discarded.
Boy Statuette

Boy Statuette

Headless ceramic statuette of a boy in a shaggy fleece-like garment surmounting a tunic and waistcoat, with breeches and boots, standing against a brick wall. He is holding a spoon. He may be a character from a nursery rhyme such as Little Jack Horner, Little Tommy...
Child’s Cup

Child’s Cup

Pearlware (c. 1820-50) child’s cup, showing an older and a younger girl skipping. Around the pedestal is the text ‘A Present from my Cousin’. The handle is missing. Discarded with rubbish in a ditch that was filled in 1883.
Fivestones/ Jacks

Fivestones/ Jacks

Earthenware gaming pieces for Fivestones/ Jacks. Some are simply painted; others have been glazed and coloured blue, white, black, green and red-brown (far right, bottom). One way to play this game was to toss the stones in the air and try to catch them on the back of...
Dolls’ Jugs

Dolls’ Jugs

A doll’s washstand ewer (left) and kitchen jug (right), missing its handle. Both have been through a destructor.
Marbles

Marbles

Glass marbles with swirling designs, and an earthenware one with a crossed lines pattern, which has been in a destructor.
Cake Decorations

Cake Decorations

A variety of cake decorations including tiny dolls called ‘Frozen Charlottes’, a miniature mouse, and the head from a tiny spaniel (note the loop where it was attached to the body). The two dolls’ eyes obviously were not decorations.
Beads

Beads

Beads mostly made of glass, milk glass and jet. Some would have been in strings or attached to clothing when discarded.
Desk Inkwell

Desk Inkwell

Ceramic inkwell from a school desk. This would have sat in a hole in the right hand corner of the desk, covered by a sliding brass plate.
Pug’s Head

Pug’s Head

Pugs were popular in the Victorian era. Small white ceramic pug statuettes were common and often came in pairs. The body would have been standing on four legs, with the head turned to face you.
Dolls’ Arms

Dolls’ Arms

Dolls’ arms, originally stitched, tied or glued into fabric bodies. Unlike legs, these had to be left or right, except for those with featureless hands where the thumb and fingers were indiscernible. The arms second, fifth and sixth from the left could serve as...
Dolls’ Legs

Dolls’ Legs

A variety of dolls’ legs. These were tied, sewn or glued into fabric bodies and covered with the dresses worn by the dolls. Some have stockings and boots. It would have been too complicated for makers of cheap dolls to differentiate between left legs and right...
Dolls’ Heads

Dolls’ Heads

Dolls’ heads, broken at the neck, with minimal colouring – blonde hair and rosy cheeks.
Doll’s Head

Doll’s Head

German china doll’s head, features painted on in enamel over glaze. Right shoulder missing. This would have been attached to a stuffed fabric body with ceramic limbs.
Dolls’ Heads

Dolls’ Heads

Two tiny china dolls’ heads, which would have been attached to fabric bodies with ceramic limbs.
Doll’s Cup

Doll’s Cup

A cup from a dolls’ tea set. It has been in a destructor. Discarded in London; dumped in Essex.
China Dolls’ Heads

China Dolls’ Heads

Dolls’ heads with the features painted on. A numeral, possibly the batch number, is visible on the doll on the left, where the shoulder has broken away.
Religious Ornament

Religious Ornament

Shrine statuette of praying figures (Mary and John?) facing, before Christ on the Cross. Cherubs and a cross adorn the canopy. Some orange-yellow over-glaze paint has been applied to the base of the shrine and the cherubs’ wings.
Patent Pyramid Food Warmer

Patent Pyramid Food Warmer

Part of the lid from Samuel Clarke’s Patent Pyramid Food Warmer and Night Light. This was a lidded jug with a small metal stand, holding a night light, which heated it from below. It was used in the nursery for boiling milk (to kill bacteria), keeping food warm...
German Doll’s Head

German Doll’s Head

Doll’s head (face missing), viewed from the rear, showing the maker’s mark at the bottom and aperture at the top of the head, where the hair would have been attached to its setting.
Baby Dolls

Baby Dolls

The baby doll on the right has survived a destructor, although it has become encrusted with iron oxide and other residue of burning.
Statuettes

Statuettes

Heads from tiny statuettes (ornaments or toys). The one on the left has been lightly coloured.
Child’s Cup

Child’s Cup

Child’s cup, showing lover in Georgian dress, courting in a garden, with an elm to the rear. Hand-painted (by factory children) over a black transfer.
Child’s Cup

Child’s Cup

Transfer-printed child’s cup with verses from an unidentified poem, ‘… blossom gay’/ ‘… the hay’/ ‘… know’/ …, showing a little girl holding flowers.
Child’s Cup

Child’s Cup

Child’s cup showing a cook holding a wooden spoon, in the midst of some incident (with a child or animal in the kitchen?) Note the enormous pan on the stove behind. Transfer dark blue on white.
Patience Mug

Patience Mug

Mug with proverb ‘Little strokes fell great oaks’, depicting a man cutting down a tree. The maxim on the other side, with its illustration, has been lost. It ended in ‘[?ho]use’. This is very similar to the ‘Temperance Mug’ (see...
Temperance Mug

Temperance Mug

Transfer-printed pictorial mug with maxims, including ‘When the drink is in the wit is ou[t]’, and another, which has been lost. Both principles are illustrated in (comic?) scenes above.
Child’s Bicycle Cup

Child’s Bicycle Cup

Child’s cup showing boy on miniature penny-farthing bicycle, with a second child very impressed. Blue transfer on white.
Miniature Pot

Miniature Pot

Miniature pot, decorated with red bands, and missing lid. With clay pipe bowl to show scale.
Doll’s Head

Doll’s Head

Bisque doll’s head in skin tones with painted-on lips and eyelashes. German.
Toy Clown

Toy Clown

Toy clown statuette with colouring to face. This may have been a fairing.
Marbles from Codd Bottles

Marbles from Codd Bottles

Marbles from Codd bottles. They were cast a dozen at a time and snapped from a central circular matrix and ground to smoothness by factory women. Children broke the necks off the bottles to get the marbles. This impacted on the rates at which the bottles were returned...
Doll’s Head

Doll’s Head

German-made doll’s head with under-glaze pink blush and enamel-on-glaze hair and features. The body would have been fabric, the limbs ceramic.
Dolls’ Tea Set

Dolls’ Tea Set

Lids of a miniature vase or dish and a tureen from a dolls’ dinner service. Plain glazed ceramic.
Doll’s Body

Doll’s Body

Ceramic body of a prepubescent female (doll). The arms and head were separate parts.
Woman in Bed

Woman in Bed

Plain white statuette of a woman partly sitting in a couch or bed. Fairings were small ornaments given away as prizes at the fair. This may be one.
Man in Chair

Man in Chair

Mid-Victorian man in chair, with purple jacket, orange striped trousers, and plain waistcoat. Fairings were cheap ceramic statuettes, given away as prizes at the fair. This is probably one.
Doll’s Head

Doll’s Head

Small doll’s head with painted features and yellow hair. A tin or other ferrous metal object has rusted next to this item in the ground, leaving a thick residue of iron oxide stains on the face.
Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup

Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup

Aqua phial, embossed ‘Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup/ Curtis and Perkins/ Proprietors’. Several were found in this deposit. Branded ‘The Mother’s Friend’, nicknamed ‘babykiller’, this contained morphine and was used to...
Sewing Machine Oil Bottle

Sewing Machine Oil Bottle

Clear glass bottle for ‘Extra Quality Machine Oil’ from the Singer Co., Manufacturers. The top of the neck is broken off. Below it is a child’s slate pencil and a child’s thimble.
Alphabet Plates

Alphabet Plates

Three alphabet plates. The top one displayed the whole alphabet around the rim. The two below displayed the letter ‘K’ only (in black and dark blue). These two came from the same deposit.
Doll’s Cup

Doll’s Cup

Found in the same deposit as the doll ‘Floradora’. Part of this cup (left) has been burned, and the glaze has partly melted. The other part shows no sign of burning. It is likely that the broken cup was swept up with other rubbish and flung in the fire,...
Doll’s Head

Doll’s Head

‘Floradora’: a doll by Armand Marseille of Germany. Hand painted lips, eyebrows etc. Glass eyes.
Children’s Cups and Toys

Children’s Cups and Toys

Childhood objects from labourers’ rubbish in Kent. Top: nursery rhyme mugs with verses from The House that Jack Built. Green and Brown transfer-print, pearlware, Staffordshire, c. 1840? Centre: alphabet mugs and a tiny doll, with part of a doll’s plate and...
Alphabet Cup

Alphabet Cup

Child’s alphabet cup, for the letters I and J, with rhymes from Tom Thumb’s Alphabet. ‘I is an Italian who had a white mouse’ (showing the Italian, in hat, and a large mouse) ‘J is a Joiner who built up a house’ (showing the joiner...