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20th century pipe bowl, and relief pen nib, manufactured by R. Esterbrook & Co USA ✒️ . . The Esterbrook Pen Company is a former US manufacturing company founded by English immigrant Richard Esterbrook in 1858 and based in Camden, New Jersey. It was the largest pen manufacturer in the United States, having reached a record of producing 216,000,000 pens a year. The company produced dip pens, then concentrating on fountain pens until it was acquired by Venus pencils in 1967, ceasing activities in 1971 🖋️ . . #mudmarkldn #londonmudlark #londonmudlarking #thamesmudlarking #oldfatherthames #luckinthemuck #mudlark #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #mudlarkinglondon #mudlarkinguk #mudlarkinglondon #intertidalarchaeology #mudlarker #mudlarkers #thamesarcheology #mudlarkersofinstagram #thamesmudlark #theriverthamesmudlarkingfinds #mudlovers #riverhistory #thameshistory #historicallondon #thamesforeshorefinds #thamesforeshore #vintagepenib #vintagepens #claypipes #claypipebowl #1900s

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I found this Hooper Struve flat bottomed Hamilton bottle on one of my first visits back to the foreshore after lockdown. - - - Unfortunately it was broken just at the base of the neck but still beautiful enough not to leave behind. A little bit of DIY with a glass cutter will turn this into a lovely vase. - - - The inscription reads To H.I.M The King By Appointment and was probably made around 1900-1908. #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #mudlark #thamesmud #thamesriver #hamiltonbottle #torpedobottle #bottle #bottlecollecting #thamesbottleporn #thamesbottles #thamesfinds #bottlediggingfinds #thamesriver #detectingfinds #detectinguk

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I found this pewter toy whistle in the shape of a pair of binoculars on the River Thames foreshore yesterday. It still works perfectly. . It turned up in a spot where quite a few early 20th Century toy soldiers and minature pewter novelties have been found. . There's a couple of similar whistles for sale online (thanks @tls_tamesis). One is listed as made in Germany in the 1930s (i.e. Nazi era Germany) while the other is described as made in Japan. I haven't been able to track down a reliable means of dating it or identifying the maker yet however. . Can anyone shed any light on this find? . #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #mudlark #metaldetecting #metaldetectingfinds #beachcombing #foundobject #antiquetoys #antiquewhistle #treasurehunting #history #historylesson #toysoldiers #leadsoldiers #riverfinds #riverthames #london #whistle #binoculars #treasurehunting #artefact #antiquetoy #antique #vintage #1920s #toy #japan #Germany

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Oh my, Laughlin Pottery. This is the early logo developed after they won a prize in England. It is an Eagle killing a lion. Sorry to all my friends outside of this country at this very sad moment, but it is historically very interesting because American production pottery was always trying to copy the Brits, their logos trying to fool the populace into thinking that it may be English. These blokes were the first to say, “ ‘Murca”. How odd and yet relevant. And I’m certain this lovely will never come together again... #groundhogarcheology #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #laughlinpottery #homerlaughlin #antiquechina #antiqueporcelain

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This was my very first find! I thought surely this bottle fragment was modern. Almost left it behind! Turns out it’s a post-prohibition fragment. The text in full reads “federal law forbids sale or reuse of this bottle” which was printed on bottles between 1935 and 1964. Pretty sure this is part of a Hiram Walker and Sons bourbon bottle from the 50s. Found the full version online! #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #bottle #glassbottles #vintagefinds #prohibition #maryland #patapscoriver

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What a well-risen loaf! We don't often find this type around here, this is the first one I've ever found. 🐚 The grainy evening setup looks quite primitive, methinks... - - - - #mudlarking #mudlark #mudlarkingfinds #lookingandfinding #fossil #fossilhunting #echinoid #echinoderm #seaurchin #history #paleontology

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Old cast iron padlock found on banks of Penobscot River. My research points to an age in the 1870's, but if anyone has more specific knowledge of old locks would appreciate your input. ☺️ #locksmith #antiquelocket #antiquepadlock #castironpadlock #oldpadlock #locksmiths #rivercleanup #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds

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Remnant of an old toothbrush #mudlarks #mudlarking #mudlark #thames #mudlarkingfinds

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Took myself waaaaay out of my comfort zone today to join @edjbucknall and @londondrawing in Ed’s “Drawing Histories” zoom class. I’ve not drawn since school (much longer ago than I care to admit) so sketching Samian ware, Penn tiles, onion bottles and wild boar jaws that Ed has found whilst mudlarking, all in short 10 minute time slots, was a real challenge. I’m not sure I succeeded but you’ve got to love a trier and I got to see and hear about more of Ed’s really very special finds 😊 #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #mudlark #thamesmudlark #roman #samian #sketching #idontknowwhatimdoing

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Found this on the Thames foreshore today. I have been told that it may be Roman. I can see a figure within the red circle, can anyone else see it, and if so who do you think it is? #thamesforeshore #thamesmudlark #thamesriver #romancoin #mudlarker #mudlarks #mudlarkinglondon #mudlarkingfinds #mudlife #mudlark #mud #metaldetecting #metaldetector #metaldetectingfinds #metaldetectinguk

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All credit to my daughter, who found this tiny circular ‘worked’ fragment of delftware, (17th - 18th century). Tin-glaze pottery like this is relatively soft and easily chipped into shape. Broken crockery was often reworked by resourceful children (and adults) to be used as gaming pieces. 🎲 #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #riverthames #londonlife #londonmudlark #urbanarchaeology #lostandfound #dirtfishing #beachcombing #delftware #tinglaze #pottery #ceramics #sherds #shards #riverpottery #blueandwhite #gaming #childsplay

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Sunrise--through another faceted bottle or glass bottom found on banks of Penobscot River. I wonder if the original designer ever realized how beautiful it would be held up to the light of a new day maybe a hundred years later! #mandala #mandalaart #oldglass #bottledump #bottledumpfinds #olddump #riverglass #rivercleanup #cutglass #cutglassware #recycle #rivercleanup #upcycle #sunrise #sunriseoftheday #depressionglass #naturewalk #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #socialdistancing

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Three years ago today, I found this mellow yellow multi...that was a day I’ll never forgot: . On my way to the beach, images of a beach loaded with bounty filled my head. I was silently praying to the sea glass spirits, “I only want one good piece today”... Arriving at the beach, I see that there are a few other combers, but the overall competition is low this morning. “Perfect”, I think as I walk down the weathered wooden stairs leading to the sandy stretch. I spot a few shells and pieces of floatsom in the high tide line. These interest me little, as I see the real hunting grounds open up along the recently revealed lowtide line. Keeping my head down, I begin scanning the beach. I pick up any colored bits of glass I see, but nothing in particular is catching my eye too much. Then, after only fifteen minutes of hunting, a wave deposited this lovely multi right at my feet. I couldn’t believe my eyes and didn’t wait another moment before picking up the large nugget. It was beautiful, and exactly what I had wished for earlier that day.... #memories #blessed . . . . . . . . . #seaglass #seaglassmulti #yellowseaglass #rareseaglass #seaglasshunter #seaglassaddict #seaglasslove #triviashell #beachlife #beachcombing #beachglass #shells #shelling #shellhunting #beachcomber #mudlark #mudlarkingfinds #lostandfound #dirtfishing #シーグラス #coneshells #oliveshells #sandiego #sandiegolife #sandiegobeach

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River pottery craze pattern in the glaze. This reminds me of a mosaic and looking closely, I find it fascinating that it cracked in both straight and curved lines! #oldpottery #riverpottery #riverpotteryfinds #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #archeology #periodpottery #rivercleanup #olddump #olddumpsite #upcycle #recycle #oldtrash #brokenpottery

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My Mudlarking Star & I found a few little pipe finds the other morning (which are his favourite kind of finds!) #mudlarking #mudlark #mudlarkingfinds #bottlehunting #claypipe #treasurehunting #adventures

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Hand painted watercolour postcard with gold embellishment. You can see the gold decoration shining in the sunlight in my stories. #watercolour #watercolourpainting #watercolourpostcard #coldpressedpaper #a6 #handpainted #goldpaint #brokenpottery #potteryshards #thamesfinds #mudlarkingfinds #riverthames #jacquiwiseart

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These two lovelies were found by a mudlarking friend, who wanted them made into pendants for her mum and herself..Work in progress 💪🏻☠️😍 #lootybootydesigns #whatthevictoriansthrewaway #brokenplate #brokenplatejewelry #brokenplatejewellery #upcycledjewellery #mudlarkingfinds #recycledjewellery #blueandwhitetransferware #blueandwhitetransferpottery.

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Miniature anchor found on the foreshore, I presume from a child’s model boat. #mudlarking #mudlark #mudlarkingfinds #thames #anchor

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Last week I made a sample bowl/nest/basket using some of the objects that I've found during lockdown.... . . . #collectprotectcurate #6musicart #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #riverwyefinds #riverfinds #rivertreasure #urbanarchaeology #forgottenthingfinder #continuingresearch #cataloguingfinds #museumofmyownmaking

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This little treasure was found by the river wall, so no doubt that it is an offering. Not my favourite type of find but given the sludgy conditions on the foreshore at the moment, it's a blessing to find anything at all. Silver pendant of Madonna and Child with inscription “Pray to God for Us” in Russian 🙏 . . #mudmarkldn #londonmudlark #londonmudlarking #thamesmudlarking #oldfatherthames #luckinthemuck #mudlark #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #mudlarkinglondon #mudlarkinguk #mudlarkinglondon #intertidalarchaeology #mudlarker #mudlarkers #thamesarcheology #mudlarkersofinstagram #thamesmudlark #theriverthamesmudlarkingfinds #mudlovers #riverhistory #thameshistory #historicallondon #thamesforeshorefinds #thamesforeshore #silverpendant #madonnaandchild #thamestreasure #religiousoffering

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On Tuesday I found seventeen Hindu offerings on the Thames foreshore. When I first shared this on social media, practising Hindu @aidanpawaroo left a comment explaining why these objects are purposefully placed in the river. He was kind enough to let me share it here. Thanks Aidan! . "It's a complex one. Death is a big one, Hindus are traditionally cremated and the ashes poured into a running watercourse because it's believed that submerging the ashes in running water cleanses them of their sins and allows the "soul" to attain moksha, the end goal of Hindu existence (almost our version of heaven, though different in a lot of ways). There's a similar cleaning situation in the practice of visarjan, which happens at the end of some festivals. Basically for some festivals (e.g. Ganesh Chaturthi) we create and sanctify a new idol for the duration of the festival but once the festival is over the idol cannot still be worshipped and so is submerged in running water (the visarjan ceremony), so that it is cleansed of its holiness and returns to the material form, which is then destroyed by the water. . There's a big push in the Hindu community to go back to unfired clay for this because of the environmental impact of plaster or metal idols but people haven't all cottoned on and you can still find old ones from before people realised the impact of it. Many Hindus also worship the rivers themselves and many rivers are seen as allegories for the Ganges, which in Hindu theology is often considered the mother of all human civilisation. . From an anthropological standpoint it's probably down to the fact that Hinduism has it's roots in the Indus Valley and Gangetic plains, both quite arid areas which are only habitable/farmable because rivers bring Himalayan meltwater down into the lowlands. Combined with the cleansing power of running water (something which probably has practical roots in the range of tropical diseases present in India), this is why rivers are so sacred in Hinduism, they're the lifeblood of Indian society and civilisation and so are a really central part of the Hindu faith, with a integral role in dozens upon dozens of ceremonies, rituals and practices."

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CANNOT believe the finds today!! My first time here! 🌊 🍀 . #riverfinds #rivercombing #ceramic #pottery #remnants #riverwalk #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds

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Slowly but surely the DVD’s are being replaced with bottles 🙂 #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #bottlecollection #antiques

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Approx 1880 Stoneware Mustard Jar #bottlecollector #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #antiques

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Zalfpotjes porselein Vindplaats: provincie Utrecht afmeting: linker potje 4x3cm rechter potje 4x5,6cm Zalfpotjes gemaakt van europees porselein. Datering 1875-1937 Bron: boek: Spul catalogus archeologische vondsten noord/zuidlijn Amsterdam Toen ik het hoge potje vond zat er nog een (stinkende) vaseline-achtige substantie in. . Ointment pots porcelain. Location: province of Utrecht Size: left jar 4x3cm right jar 4x5,6cm Ointment jars made of European porcelain. Date 1875-1937 Source: book: Spul catalog archaeological finds north / south line Amsterdam. When I found the high pot it still contained a (smelly) Vaseline-like substance. #detector #detectorist #metaldetector #detectorists #detectorfinds #metaldetectorfinds #metaaldetector #metaaldetectie #metaaldetectorvondst #xpdeus #xpdeusfinds #xpdeusmetaldetector #mudlark #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #mudlarkinglondon #oudservies #oudserviesgoed

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A little depression glass wine goblet found beach-combing in Queens NY a few years ago. Depression glassware sets were mass produced and often given away one piece at a time to encourage the sale of other consumer goods during the first half of the 20th century. I believe it is a type of Uranium glass, which means it fluoresces under ultraviolet light. This is due to the addition of Uranium Oxide as a colorant. The glass is, (technically) radioactive, although at negligible levels. If you can get your hands on a blacklight, it’s fun to see what might glow in your glass collection 🙃 #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #tidelarking #beachtreasures #beachcombingfinds #nyc #depressionglass #flourescent #uraniumglass #found #bottlehunting #interesting #blacklight #uvlight #weird

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Mudlarking finds: Sugar, Cowries & Slavery 2/2: The drain hole from a terracotta sugar mould (c. 17th century) and the lid from a silver sugar bowl, with a slot for the silver spoon. . No. 5 at the #TravellingMuseumofFinds. More via the link in the bio and then Blog from the menu. . The Travelling Museum of Finds is a virtual museum of #beachcombing and #mudlarking finds, collected while I was writing Rag and Bone (out 2 July 2020). In real life it is half suitcase, half print-setter’s tray, and would have accompanied me at various festival and bookshop events this summer. Instead - until I’m able to take it out – this blog offers a virtual version: a show-and-tell of lost and discarded objects. . . #mudlark #thamesmudlark #mudlarkingfinds #beachfinds #plasticarchaeology #beachcomb #foundobject #foundobjects #lostandfound #shorefinds #sugar #sugarmould #slavery #thames #riverthames #thameshistory

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Mudlarking finds: Sugar, Cowries & Slavery 1/2. A spoonful of coral and a money cowrie found on the Thames. The coral is likely to have arrived as ballast from merchant sailing ships around the 18th century. At the time, cowries were also imported to Britain in large quantities for use as payment in the West African slave trade. . No. 5 at the #TravellingMuseumofFinds. More via the link in the bio and then Blog from the menu. . The Travelling Museum of Finds is a virtual museum of #beachcombing and #mudlarking finds, collected while I was writing Rag and Bone (out 2 July 2020). In real life it is half suitcase, half print-setter’s tray, and would have accompanied me at various festival and bookshop events this summer. Instead - until I’m able to take it out – this blog offers a virtual version: a show-and-tell of lost and discarded objects. . . #mudlark #thamesmudlark #mudlarkingfinds #beachfinds #plasticarchaeology #beachcomb #foundobject #foundobjects #lostandfound #shorefinds #cowries #coral #slavery #thames #riverthames #thameshistory

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Couple of 18th century bottle necks with their corks still intact. Found last week on the Thames foreshore . . . Cork has been used for thousands of years as a stopper in bottles. It has even been found in the tombs dating back to ancient Egypt. . . . Starting in 1688, Pierre Perignon used corks held in place with wire to seal bottles of his latest creation, champagne🍾 . . . #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #river #thamesriver #thames #thamesforeshore #thamesforeshorefinds #bottle #winebottle #archaeology #digging #metaldetecting

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I learned a new word from this bottle fragment, found on Staten Island last weekend: Matzoon, which is Armenian yogurt. The full text on this bottle was: “Dr. Dadirrian's Zoolak or Matzoon.” Dr. Marka G. Dadirrian, originally of Constantinople, introduced fermented-milk beverages to the United States in 1885 and sold them bottled like soda pop from offices in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. At first he called his product “matzoon,” the Armenian name for yogurt, but later added the trade name Zoolak (“To avoid imitations always specify ZOOLAK”). Swipe for images of a complete bottle, ads, 1913 menu, and office on Lexington Ave. #mudlarkingfinds #antiqueglass #statenislandhistory

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🧐 help wanted for ID! I quite often find bones while im hunting but these look like teeth? The first one was found in a different river but all are from wider Stockport area. Google has thrown up everything from cows to bison & camels...but it appears my samples are missing stylids ... i wonder how many camels used to roam the cheshire plains 😅 are these from different animals? Or are they different teeth from the same one? Confused 🤔🤔 . #teeth #mudlarking #mudlark #mudlarkingfinds #idneeded #bones #cow #camel #bison #paleontology #biology #foundobjects #found #illcollectanything #riverfinds #rivercombing #stockport #animal #confused #beachcombing #beachcomber #fossils #fossilisedtooth #fossilisedteeth #fossilizedteeth

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Live from the foreshore! Just pulled up this lovely little Victorian inkwell!!! 🌈 Anyone who has ever gone bottle hunting knows that this never happens! If you see a neck poking out, it’s usually just a neck, so it was a real surprise that this is complete! Beautiful colour too! #mudlarking #modlarking #thamesforeshorefinds #mudlark #mudlarkingfinds #thamesforeshore #london #riverthames #thameslondon #bottledigging #bottledigginguk #aquaglass #treasurehunting #londonmudlark #thamesmudlark #mudlarking #history #thameshistory #londonhistory #socialhistory #socialhistorylondon #inkwell #victoriana #whatthevictoriansthrewaway #oldbottle #oldbottles #victorianinkwell #glassinkwell #seaglass #oldglass #bottlehunting

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Love beach combing so many treasures .... just wish they were intact! Hundreds of years old #beachcombing #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #beachlarking #oldpottery #beachpottery

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The golden glow. Beautiful pieces ready to be transformed into River Thames keepsakes.

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Beautiful sheared lip bottle found on the foreshore on Tuesday. No embossing, lovely iridescent sheen and some bubbles in the glass so am guessing 1870-1900? Happy for any information from bottle enthusiasts. #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #mudlarkinglondon #antiquebottlesandcollectables #antiquebottles #bottlecollectors #bottlecollecting #vintagebottles #oldglassbottles #glassbottles #thamesglass #thameshistory #historyoflondon #beachcombingbottles #riverbottles #bottlesfromthesea #claphammudlarker #mudlarking🗝

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I get easily spooked night-larking, so don’t often venture out to the river in the dark - plus my head torch is forever running flat! However, I was recently given a very handy, bright little flash light by @olightworld and was keen to try it out. 🔦 Accompanied - at a suitable distance - by my chivalrous mudlarking chum @edjbucknall, (local to the same patch), the ‘highlights’ of our session were a couple of small cannon balls, some Georgian cufflinks, and a satisfyingly large crock of metropolitanware. All in all, it was an 18th century feast and we were very happy with that! 🔦 Olight have kindly given me a discount code, so do send me a DM if you’d like it! See the link in my bio for their site ⬆️. 🔦 #mudlarking #riverthames #urbanarchaeology #dirtfishing #lostandfound #beachcombing #londonlife #londonmudlark #mudlarkingfinds #cannonball #cufflinks #historicalcostume #georgian #18thcentury #slipware #metropolitanware #redware #pottery #ceramics #sherds #shards #brokenpottery #nightlark

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Good morning 🌞 Drawing treasures found on lock down walks. Natural and man-made ✒️ #lockdownart #sketchaday #mudlarkingfinds #lockdownjournal #potteryshards #linedrawing

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Lots of digging this week. I broke some good ones but managed to dig these up intact. #bottledigging #mudlarkingfinds #cobaltbluebottles #Noxzema #lysol1946

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Discarded and Found... Reabrook Mudlarking. #reabrooknaturereserve #reabrookvalley #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #artistatwork

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Was mudlarking this morning, just at the local riverside. This piece of pottery has been washed up on the shore. Any guesses what it might have been from? Looks absolutely beautiful, no matter how old it is. #mudlark #mudlarking #riversidefind #pottery #riverpottery #guesses #mudlarkingfinds #mudlarkingfind

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A button I found covered in rust. After soaking it in a little cider vinegar this beautiful detail emerged. I wonder who wore it on their jacket and what their story was? . . . . . . . #button #oldbutton #mudlarkingfinds #littletreasures #history #storiesfromthepast

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More from my Thames dandy. Here we get to see an 18th century paste gem in its original setting - as a pewter collar stud. It would have been used to secure a wonderfully frou-frou ‘stock’ at the neck (that’s a cravat, to you and me). You have to imagine the pewter as shiny as polished silver, and the glass as brilliant as a faux diamond ever could be. 💎 The wind was raging when I picked this up, so the sound is off. 💎 #mudlarking #riverthames #riverfinds #georgianfashion #18thcenturystyle #18thcentury #historicalcostume #lostandfound #urbanarchaeology #dirtfishing #londonlife #londonmudlark #historiclondon #mudlarkingfinds #pewter #cutglass #glassgem

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Кусочек фарфорового блюда с ручной росписью, похож на китайский. Толщина практически в 1см. Очень жаль, что никакого намёка на рисунок для атрибуции не сохранилось. И два менее примечательных осколка фарфора с росписью. #мудларк #мудларкинг #mudlark #mudlarkingfinds #mudlarking #mudlarking #осколки #фарфороваяпосуда

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Today I found another of these very cool model money coins. The same as the first one, the first side shows a portrait of Queen Victoria and written around the edge it says ‘Victoria Queen of Great Britain 1854’ the reverse has the Prince of Wales feathers and says ‘The Prince of Wales Model Half Sovereign’ In 1854 the Prince of Wales was a young Albert Edward (Later to be King Edward VII. Swipe to see a picture of him from 1854, quite the dapper young chap!! I wonder if he had a pocket full of these? I would if they had my old boat on them! 🤣 *correction edit: the portrait side shown says 1874, the other one I found says 1854, I hadn’t noticed there was a date difference. #mudlarking #modlarking #thamesforeshorefinds #mudlark #mudlarkingfinds #thamesforeshore #london #riverthames #thameslondon #bottledigging #bottledigginguk #treasure #treasurehunting #londonmudlark #thamesmudlark #mudlarking #history #thameshistory #londonhistory #socialhistory #socialhistorylondon #modelmoney #coins #oldcoins #victoriana #whatthevictoriansthrewaway #numismatics #numismatist #numismatica #oldcoin #findingcoins

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Yesterday, I went out to my childhood shell beach. Little did I know that I would find my best marble of the year-so far-there! When I found this confetti marble at a beach, it came as a totally surprise, as I’ve never found a marble there in almost 15 years of going to this spot. Absolutely through the roof-I am beyond grateful and overjoyed by this small multicolored #confettimarble . . . . . . . . . #seaglass #seamarble #seaglassmarble #rareseaglass #seaglasshunter #seaglassaddict #seaglasslove #triviashell #beachlife #beachcombing #beachglass #shells #shelling #shellhunting #beachcomber #mudlark #mudlarkingfinds #lostandfound #dirtfishing #シーグラス #coneshells #oliveshells #sandiego #sandiegolife #sandiegobeach

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