Ceramic glazed elephant ornament, with figure (broken) sitting on top, ‘side-saddle’.
Light blue milk glass specimen vase or ornament in the shape of a monkey holding up a basket or vase. Traces of paint/ gilding remain.
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.
Buffalo clay pipe, with the acronym RAOB (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes) and a buffalo’s face, with evidence, in the form of burn-marks, that the pipe has been smoked.
Clay pipe with the acronym RAOB (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes) and a buffalo face embossed.
Blue and white ceramic tureen knob in the shape of a lion. Moulded by someone who had only a vague idea of what a lion looked like.
Transfer-printed pot lid, showing a single angry bear: ‘Genuine Russian Bear’s Grease – For Beautifying and Nourishing the Hair’ Exact provenance uncertain – north of England, 1880s site
Pot lid with printed design of bears against a mountainous backdrop: ‘Genuine Russian Bears’ Grease – for Increasing the Growth of Hair’. From an 1880s tip in Yorkshire.
Large (4 shillings) size pot lid for James Atkinson’s Bear’s Grease – a pomade for the hair. Dug from a dump of c. 1885 in Rugby, Warwickshire. Genuine bear’s grease was imported from Russia.
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.
Aqua glass vet’s bottle embossed ‘The only/ Genuine/ Day, Son and Hewitts/ Gaseous Fluid/ London’. This was a favourite remedy for horses, cattle and sheep. Two of these bottles were found; the other one was broken. Discarded in 1908 after the death...