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Powder Flask

Powder and shot flask for muzzle loading shot guns. Spring action gate valve for measuring amount of powder.

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Fire Insurance Mark For West of England Fire Insurance Society

Oval copper fire mark with 'West of England' inscribed around the perimeter, man with sword and shield standing in the centre

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Cannon Ball

Possibly found during excavation at the back of 64 Causewayhead (Spanish raid of 1595?)

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Caul, Fish

Basket worn on back used for carrying fish for selling by women, as per Breadwinners by Walter Langley

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Brandy Jar

Salt glazed, stoneware brandy jar with handle.

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Earthenware Pot

Unglazed earthenware, originating from Spain or Portugal (Alentejo region); used for storage of oil or wine, probably C17th. Trawled up from the sea-bed seven miles south-west of Wolf Rock lighthouse. Encrusted with molluscs.

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Penny Farthing

Hand-made penny farthing bicycle made by Charles Tippett, a blacksmith in Kelynack, St Just. Painted yellow and black. Mr Tippet made the bicycle to ride between his workshop at Kelynack and the smithy which he also ran at St Buryan.

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Discharge Certificate

Discharge certificate of an enrolled volunteer, Pte W Motton, after 21 years service (1887-1908). Paper is very brittle and torn, has browned with age.

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List of Penzance Rifle Volunteers

A complete list of Penzance Rifle Volunteers from the foundation of the company in 1859, pub 1908

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Two Brass Buttons

Crest of three feathers and crown with inscription ICH DIEN CORNWALL

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Badge

Crossed muskets with large letters S.S. inscription NRA rifle club

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Bronze Medal

Two figures standing one a longbow archer the other a soldier with rifle inscription 1300-1500 NRA 1860 Rifle Clubs

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Three Buttons

Lion and unicorn crest HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE DIEU ET MON DROIT

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Embroidered Insignia

With four stars and crossed rifles and diamond plus Cornwall in red and white in a semi-circle

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Oval Enamel Badge

Brass shield three cannons on white enamel, blue enamel edge with inscription ON WAR SERVICE 1915

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Blue Enamel Crown Badge

Brass crown surrounded by oval blue enamel edge inscription National Reserve Cornwall

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Child's Shoe

Brown leather child's shoe with leather sole and five side buttons

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Pince-nez In Case

Case embossed with trade mark tortoise shell frames

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Pint Beer Mug From The Alverne Inn, Penzance

Alverne Inn beer mug, blue patterned (transfer) very faint marking of 'VR PINT 6' with crown at bottom of surround. 'E. Coaney and Cos. registered - K.O. Dale Stone, Dale End Birmingham, no. 343 on underside of base. Height 13cms width 8.5 cms.

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Military Token Paper Money

One shilling note issued by the British Military Authority

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Hat Brush

Soft bristle on one side small area of stiffer bristle on back

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Home Guards Badge

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Theatre Bill

"for one night only at the assembly rooms Union Hotel Penzance. Master B Grossmith in My Cousin Tom. 29 October 1839.

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Rocking Chair

Rocking chair, made from turned wood, ebonized

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