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Fish Oil Lamp

This type of iron lamp used fish oil as a luminant, and was in common use in Newlyn in the 19th century

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Fish Oil Lamp

Fish oil lamp

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Hurling Ball

Hurling ball, siver with applewood core, inscribed Paul 1704 and the following in cornish 'Tuz whek gware hed ate huz henwis' (translation, fair play is good play)

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Goffering Iron Stand

Brass cone top with iron stand

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Lamp, Oil, With Wick

Brass top soldered onto tin bowl

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Sword Belt

Black braided foliage design, holster backed with leather, c.1800

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Cameo Portrait of Nelson

White bust on blue ground letters NELSON white on blue. Oval black edged frame.

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Silver Verge Watch 1730

Silver verge watch hinged and rimmed watch glass keyhole with cover, 1730

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Fork Found At The Folly Penzance

Wooden fork, c1800

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The Embossed Matrix From Penzance Council Seal

Showing head of St John

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Rocket Case

Rocket case from the rocket fired from the south dock head Penzance at 11 am 11th November 1918 to signal the end of World War One. It was fired by Officer Lieut Commander Blair

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Sugar Cutters

Iron curved handles with curved cutting blades single spring and catch to hold habled together

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Bullock's Bit

Metal bit for attaching to bullock's harness

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Sundial

Bronze ring

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Staff WR IV Illogan

Marked WR IV Illogan with crown, turned, ebony stained handle.

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Coil Cast Pot

Coil cast pot with Yellow salt/lead glaze. Marked E Samsom Penzance made September 21st 1821

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Glazed Jug With The Inscription Made By John Tresise (for) Elizabeth Sampson Penzance.

Glazed jug with the inscription Made by John Tresise (for) Elizabeth Sampson Penzance. Poem on base "Though not so large as some pots are, I am to those who drink strong beer, But hate me not because I'm small but fill me often I'll please you all"

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Cricket Ball

Hayle Cricket Club presentation ball "The County Ball", painted with Cornish coat of arms, dated Aug 3 1855

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Peck Measure

Inscribed Peck (two pieces measure and lid)

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Davy Miners Safety Lamp

Steel base incorporating fuel tank. Upper part consisting of corrugated brass cylinder. Steel hook.

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Regimental Tunic

Regimental tunic of Duke of Cornwall's Yeomanry. Red velvet with coat-tails. Black collar and cuffs. Four buttons oncollar, four buttons on lapel - rest missing. Five buttons on left cuff - right cuff has been cut off.

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Tunic Button Penzance Volunteers Early 19th

St Johns head in centre (dug up in Kings Rd)

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Cannon Ball

Stone cannon ball, probably C.15th. Inscribed "This shot was found in the wreck of an antient[sic] vessel". (late Victorian script)

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Percussion Caps For Enfield Rifles As Used By The Penzance Volunteers In The 19th Century

Percussion caps for Enfield rifles as used by the Penzance Volunteers in the 19th century

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Powder And Shot Flask. Sykes Patent For Muzzle Loading Shot Guns

Powder and shot flask. Sykes patent for muzzle loading shot guns

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