A Few of Our Favourite Things
- by charlottee
- posted May 29, 2020
This letter from 1838 shows the difficult working relationship Brunel had with William Ranger. William was contracted to build sections of the Great Western Railway. Unimpressed with his delays, Brunel dismissed him and kept his tools!
A rather wonderful boxed collection of glass eyes came from the premises of ophthalmic optician Mr Eubulus Williams in Queen Street. Why did he stock so many glass eyes (the full collection has many colour and shape options)? Was it because of agricultural accidents, injuries from the First World War, or eye infections that took hold before antibiotics were invented?
Probably the most unusual object in the museum collection. Maud Albrighton lived next to Rope Walk, East Street. She had very long, strong hair. When it was cut, the ropemakers made her hair into a rope – and here she is swinging on it!
Bags or pouches were essential items for the well-dressed Victorian lady. They were ideal for carrying small items such as coins, dance cards and cosmetics. Some might have held a solid gold sovereign – a popular gift for 21st birthdays.
This beautifully crafted Bronze Age axe head would have been an important status symbol. Where Hand Axes were the multi-tool of their day, this double-ended axe was probably used in important ceremonies.
This mosaic model of St Leonard’s Tower was made in the mid-1920s by Harry Hodges of Teigngrace. Harry was a ‘keeper’ at Stover House (now Stover School). He probably saved the pieces of broken pottery from the kitchen of the grand house. Perhaps it was a project for the dark winter evenings?