What are they?
The collections team have put a number of unusual objects on display in our Hare Gallery.
Can you work out what they are? Click on the image for the answer!
Can you guess what this is and how it was used? Answer: Copper alloy trading token in the shape of a heart from 1668 – tokens were created by tradesmen during and after the Civil War due to the lack of official small coinage being created by the national mints or royal licences. They could be used in exchange for goods. This example, as the reverse states, was equivalent to a halfpenny and was produced by a Richard Fowler of Farringdon. The symbol on below halfpenny is that of ‘The Barber-Surgeon Arms’.
What do you think this object was used for? Answer: This is a Roman toggle of cheek piece from a horse bridle made out of bone. Many objects and tools during in Roman times were made out of animal bone.
Can you guess what this is? Answer: It’s a fossil – Gastropod – PLeurotmania sp. Inferior Oolite. Gastropods include sea shellfish such as whelks, and land creatures such as snails. Gastropods have a single shell. Their name is derived from gaster + poda (Greek) meaning stomach foot. If you watch a snail moving along on its single foot, you can understand the name.
What do you think this object was used for? Answer: It’s a marble pestle in shape of thumb! A mortar and pestle is a kitchen device used since ancient times to prepare ingredients or substances by crushing and grinding them into a fine paste or powder.