I was at the Tower this week, hotfoot from Bristol and having had about 3 hours sleep (who can sleep with Loop in their head?).
Anyway, enough of all that.
It has been pointed out to me, quite correctly as it happens, that I haven’t featured any of Alan’s artifacts in the blog, so I’m starting this week with Alan’s magnificent bag of slag.
Steady on. Ok, it might not look like much, but it is evidence of the industrial processes being carried out at the riverside workshops. Slag =smelting, so this early stage in the production process must have been carried out at the site. Not necessarily on a very large scale, but it seems that there was at least some ore processing going on.
More from Alan later.
Today, a number of gun parts emerged from the boxes:
A flint lock frizzon A flint lock trigger
2 gun cartridge lynch pins A gun cocking arm
An iron bayonet tip
I think that I’ll be drawing together all of the gun parts that we’ve seen so far into a ‘know your flintlock’ diagram shortly, so watch this space.
Back to Alan, and what the devil is this? An original note directs us to “Ask Bob”. Bob?
Well it’s called a loop. The slotted end holds a cleaning patch which is used for cleaning the bore of the gun’s barrel.
And what’s this? It’s about 3cm long and has a copper-alloy stalk with a lead (?) socket on the end.
The, potentially, saddest find was this ring.
A plain gold band, looks like a man’s size. It has no hallmark, so it may have been made overseas. Is it a wedding band? What happened? Lost? Consigned to the Thames in a fit of rage, or despair? Hmm.
And finally, finally!, here’s that coin again…
And so the initial six week pilot project comes to an end, but watch this space because we’re expecting that there will be some updates and developments.