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Flo_Finds  Of his bones are coral made. Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing but doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange.

The complete selection, for what it's worth: including #tesserae - one with cement still intact; half a clay #marble, a #sherd with the perfect break to read 'ARTS'; more #typeset; a large #Victorian #motherofpearl #button; a pale pink glazed #bead; 3 mega dress #pins - swipe across to see an image in my hand - they are gargantuan as pins go; a lovely early hand-forged ship's nail (I don't usually bother to pick these up but I liked this one); a rather 'foxy' pottery divider for stacking bowls etc in kilns (I think - any thoughts?); the #staffordshire #teapot handle and the #georgian #lovetoken. #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #riverthames #london #londonmudlark #lostandfound #urbanarchaeology #dirtfishing

My favourite from yesterday's slim pickings on the #foreshore: a #Georgian #copper #lovetoken - #18thcentury. Wouldn't it be amazing to know the story of the couple behind this little sliver of metal. It was fashionable back then for young men to bend a coin in to an 's' shape and give it to their betrothed - a display of their strength and supposedly enduring love. Thinking about this last night, it occurred to me that an 's' and an 'f' were interchangeable in writing at the time. So perhaps the 's' also stood for 'fidelity'. But I digress. I've never actually been lucky enough to find a bent silver sixpence, the token of choice, but this is my second copper job. Clearly I've been finding the cheapskates' version! Time for a joke about unimpressed young women chucking inferior copper tokens into the river in disgust. Of course, the common assumption is that dissatisfied maidens rejected their suitors by giving their tokens the flick. But think about it; women didn't have much autonomy in those days, they generally married according to their family's preference. Yes there was a whole romantic iconography out there, but probably little romance to the reality. So, I think it's likely some of these tokens wound up in the river because the men bolted, rather than the other way round. They were completely devoid of the currency of love in the end. Sob. #mudlarking #riverthames #london #londonmudlark #mudlarkingfinds #dirtfishing #urbanarchaeology #lostandfound #treasurehunt #mudlark #romance #historicromance #love #brokenheart #brokenhearted #💔

I thought yesterday's lunchbreak #tide was a bit 'rubbish', perhaps due to time restrictions, perhaps because going to the same spot two days in a row is silly. But; on getting home actually I can see it wasn't so bad. Amongst some other bits (I'll ration them out for now!), I picked up a #teapot #handle with the idea that once you pick up just one thing, more finds will follow. Turns out it is from an #18thcentury #teapot, so that's pleasing! I've found an example of the whole thing on the net - swipe to see a #Staffordshire #glazed #redware engine-turned cylindrical teapot c.1750-1780. Thanks again to @carledquist for pointing me in the right direction. It was in the 18th century that the Brits became stalwart #tea drinkers (as well as coffee and 'chocolate', of course). Think of the strong trade routes, and of all those ships bearing loose tea on the #riverthames... Let's imagine the lady of the house pouring some tea from this little pot for some important visitors. #mudlarking #mudlark #lostandfound #urbanarchaeology #dirtfishing #eyesonly #pottery #ceramics #teatime #teadrinking
#mudlarkinglondon #mudlarkingfinds #london

Goodbye Lady Jane. It was a pleasure looking at you this year. Off to a #museum now for more people to enjoy. #proudmoment @weissgallery #williamlarkin #jacobean #historicalportrait #historicalcostume

River beads. All from the Thames. My daughter has just inherited Denver The Bead Man's life-long collection. Some of these could be as old as #Roman, some are #postmedieval, with a few #18thcentury #tradingbeads in there too. But most are probably #victorian to #artdeco. #luckygirl #kindnessofstrangers #riverbeads #mudlarking #mudlarkingfinds #riverthames #london #lostandfound #urbanarchaeology #dirtfishing #beads.

Lunchtime #tide. An old #fruitmachine #token (thanks @rachographer for the ID). Plus a little handful of #purple for my daughter, #words for @mikespilligan and a #pipestem (with red wax) for a summer 'project'... #mudlarking #riverthames #london #lostandfound #urbanarchaeology #pottery #sherds #dirtfishing #eyesonly #londonmudlark #mudlarkingfinds

Yesterday's haul. Other than the #Tudor #fastener and #glass #ring #gem, I can't pretend it was an amazing session - but we had a lot of fun! A few curios in there, notably some #redcoral, which I dedicate to @coral.pearce54! I've only ever found the Caribbean boat ballast coral before so this was a surprise. And the ubiquitous #turquoise #beads we always find in this patch - I've come to the conclusion someone's necklace snapped there, years ago. #mudlarking #riverthames #london #beachcombing #lostandfound #urbanarchaeology #pottery #sherds #shards #bellarmine #stoneware #slipware #delftware #chineseporcelain #transferware #vulcanite #bottlestopper #glassbuttons #riverbeads #mosaic #ceramicmosaic

So we are down on the #foreshore today and an elderly gent waiting to meet his family scooped this up. He'd never even heard of #mudlarking! Well done that man. #urbanarchaeology #mudlarkingfinds #london #coin #hammeredcoin (?) #riverthames

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