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Uncle Bill and Aunt Eliza Uncle Bill and Aunt Eliza

Pencil drawing, by H. Eccleston.

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Household Enamel Items Household Enamel Items

Ivory and green enamelled colander, saucepan, bowl and sink drainer. All manufactured under the 'Judge' Brand by Ernest Stevens of Cradley Heath.

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Sausage box Sausage box

Box for 'Famous Cambridge Sausage', manufactured by Marsh & Baxter Limited of Brierley Hill and Birmingham.

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Photograph Photograph

Photograph of Mary Macarthur rallying the crowd during the 1910 Cradley Heath Women Chainmakers' Strike. This is one of a number of photographs taken by Edwin Beech and displayed by the Trustees of the Cradley Heath Workers' Institute.

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Model boat Model boat

Model narrow boat made for Thomas Neal of Spon Lane, West Bromwich, on his 5th birthday, 1873.

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Photograph of Constance Stanton Photograph of Constance Stanton

Photograph of Constance Stanton, teacher at Robert St. Board School, Lower Gornal from 1907 to 1909.

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Mr Bateman's Pigeons Mr Bateman's Pigeons

Mr Bateman's Pigeons, by H. Eccleston. Pigeon keeping was a popular pastime in the Black Country, not only for the sport of pigeon racing but also as a source of extra meat and eggs.

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Living Above the Shop Living Above the Shop

Interior of one of the living rooms above Old Birmingham Road, period setting ca.1939.

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Chainmaker's House Chainmaker's House

Kitchen of the Chainmaker's House, from Old Hill, as it would have looked ca. 1910.

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Gregory's General Store Gregory's General Store

Interior of Gregory's Store, Lawrence Lane, Old Hill.

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Chapel Chapel

Interior of the Methodist Chapel, from Darby Hand, Dudley. The chapel was originally built as the Providence Church in 1837, to serve the mining and nail making communities of the small settelment of Darby Hand.

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Coal scuttle Coal scuttle

Enamelled coal scuttle, manufactured by James Fellows & Son.

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Chamber pot Chamber pot

Enamelled chamber pot, also known as a 'guz under' or the 'po'.

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Sad Iron Sad Iron

Cast iron, manufactured by J. & J. Siddons, West Bromwich.

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Kettle Kettle

Cast iron kettle, manufactured by Archibald Kenrick & Sons, West Bromwich.

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Bottle Jack Bottle Jack

Bottle jack, manufactured by Salters of West Bromwich. The clockwork mechanism inside this jack spins the wheel at the bottom, and so rotates the meat to roast it evenly.

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Sad iron made at Archibald Kenrick Ltd Sad iron made at Archibald Kenrick Ltd

Sad' is an old word for 'solid'. These traditional smoothing irons stayed in use until the 1950s

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Boot scraper made at Archibald Kenrick Ltd Boot scraper made at Archibald Kenrick Ltd

This West Bromwich company specialised in door and porch furniture like this example

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Door porter of cast iron made at Archibald Kenrick Ltd Door porter of cast iron made at Archibald Kenrick Ltd

This design from the Victorian period was still being made into the 1920s

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Enameled tea pot Enameled tea pot

Finished in the traditional willow pattern design and made at Judge Enamelware Cradley Heath

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Enameled Coronation Mug Enameled Coronation Mug

Marking the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 and made at Judge Enamelware Cradley Heath. Enameled kitchenware was declining in popularity in the fifties; perhaps the mug was brought out to attract sales.

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Pull along 'Mickey Mouse' toy Pull along 'Mickey Mouse' toy

A handmade wooden pull along 'Mickey Mouse' toy. Hand made by the donors Father for the donors Brother between the years 1941 and 1943. Toys were hard to get hold of during the Second World War as materials were needed for the war effort. This is a really lovely example of a lovingly hand made toy. 

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Pigeon Racing Trophy Pigeon Racing Trophy

Green ceramic pigeon racing trophy, with two side handles and painted picture of a pigeon on the front. This trophy is believed to date to the turn of the century.

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Zeppelin Toy Model Zeppelin Toy Model

A clock work toy model of a First World War Zeppelin. Made from tin. There should be four fins at the rear of the toy, but two are missing. The undercarriage has two suspended cabins to simulate the original zeppelin. A string is attached to the top of the ship so that the toy can be suspended. When the toy is wound...

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Souvenir programme Dudley Prisoners of War fundraising Souvenir programme Dudley Prisoners of War fundraising

Souvenir programme of a  market sale to raise £5,000 for Dudley Prisoners of War the market was opened October 8th 1918 by H.R.H.the Duke of Connaught, K.G. The programme contains lists of supporters who had stalls and advertisements from local businesses including Palethorps and W.Goodyear &...

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Character Certificate World War One Character Certificate World War One

Issued in 1/3/1918 to 42647 Private William Clarke, Worcestershire Regiment and Royal Defence Corps, enlisted 28/9/1914 discharged 1/3/1918. The certificate gives a character reference and states that William ‘Bears a good character and is well conducted’. The reverse of the certificate gives particulars...

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Set of Registration Cards 1915 Set of Registration Cards 1915

A set of registration cards belonging to the Massey family, the cards detail occupations of each family member, their address in Dudley and states they have 'been registered under the National Registration Act, 1915'.

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Ration Book 1918, Wolverhampton

National ration book issued in Wolverhampton, dated 22/10/1918. The book still contains some lard coupons.

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Letter from George V to soldier 1918 Letter from George V to soldier 1918

Copy of a letter sent from George V to a soldier returning home. The letter thanks the soldier for service and welcomes him home 'The Queen joins me in welcoming you on your release from the miseries and hardships which you have endures with so much patience and courage'

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Demobilisation card Demobilisation card

Demobilisation card it belonged to 43532 Pte Leonard Waldron of the 3rd Royal Berkshire Regiment. He Enlisted 3.2.1918 and was discharged at Dublin Union Discharge Centre near Sacville Street Dublin on 29.1.1919.

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Newscutting article on Zeppelin Raid, 1916 Newscutting article on Zeppelin Raid, 1916

A cutting from the Black Country Bugle about the Zeppeiln raid that hit the Black Country in January 1916.

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Service for dedication of war memorial Lych Gate, Stourbridge Service for dedication of war memorial Lych Gate, Stourbridge

 'Order of Service for the dedication of the Lych-Gate erected by the inhabitants of Amblecote, in Memory of the men of the parish who died for God, King and Country in the Great War' the document features a roll of honour, hymns and prayers said at the service.

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Demobilisation certificate Demobilisation certificate

Given to Private John William Baker of the 3rd North Staffordshire Regiment.

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Ration Book 1918, Kingswinford Ration Book 1918, Kingswinford

A set of ration books, they belonged to the Price family, in Kingswinford. They were registered to T. White Butcher, Kingswinford and George Foster, 40 Market Place, Dudley for their rations of butter, margerine, lard, tea and sugar. This book still contains some jam ration stamps.

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Painting of the Zeppelin raid 1916 Painting of the Zeppelin raid 1916

Artists impression of the Zeppelin raid over Tipton. On the night of 31 January to 1 February 1, 1916, Tipton, Bradley, Wednesbury and Walsall were bombed by Zeppelins in one of the heaviest air raids of the First World War. The intended target for the Zeppelins was Liverpool, but because of cloud and fog, the pilot...

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Peace celebration certificate, 1919 Peace celebration certificate, 1919

Presented to Miss G Collins by the Country Borough of Smethwick, it thanks any one who served abroad, nursed or helped in any other capacity. It is signed by the town Mayor W. H Pollard.

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Disabled Soldiers Handbook Disabled Soldiers Handbook

A pamphlet that contains advice from the Ministry of Pensions to disabled soldiers.

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Scheduled occupation certificate ,1917

Given to S Ash, Bearwood, their occupation is listed as tool maker, die cutter.

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Exploded high explosive shell Exploded high explosive shell

The shell was dug up this year from Martinpuich in the Somme region. Martinpuich was occupied by the Germans in 1914, it was taken on 15 September 1916 by the 45 th and 46 th Brigade of the 15 th Scottish Division.   Kindly on loan from Ken Dworak

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Parkes Sweet Tin Parkes Sweet Tin

Octagonal gold tin, with flower and tree pattern on the out side. The lid pattern depicts a girl sitting under a tree in a countryside scene. The lid interior reads 'PARKES SWEETS ARE PURE, CLASSIC CONFECTIONERY WORKS, LANGLY NEAR BIRMINGHAM'. The tin is in very good condition apart from a few scratches along the top...

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Enamel Grill Pan Enamel Grill Pan

White with black edging enamel grill pan with handle. Has a removable metal rack

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Photograph Photograph

Black and white photographic portrait of Hilda Swinden, black frame with glass, neutral coloured mountboard around photograph with name of 'Navaua' printed on bottom right hand corner of mount, girl wearing white blouse tied at neck with sewn details and 4 silver buttons across chest area, short bobbed haircut with...

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Kettle Kettle

kettle made from copper with handle, lid is removable. The top rim of the kettle has thumb size dents to the left of the spout and along the top right hand side of the kettle. The kettle handle has been repaired as has the spout.

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Cannon Saucepan Cannon Saucepan

cast iron saucepan with grey mottled enamel finish and hollow handle, manufactured by Cannon. On the side of the saucepan is a stamp that reads 'CANNON, No.1, 1 PINT'.

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Cannon Saucepan Cannon Saucepan

cast iron sauce pan, with lid and hollow handle. On the base of the pan is stamped ' No.1, 1 PINT, MADE IN ENGLAND, CANNON, DEEPFIELDS'.

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Wedding Photograph Wedding Photograph

Black and white photograph of bridal couple, bridesmaids, best man and father of the bride standing outside on the church steps. Reverse: Photographer's stamp: : 'W.R.Bebbson(?)/ 8 Enville Street/ STOURBRIDGE

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Siddons Scales Siddons Scales

set of iron scales, a sticker on the base reads ' J&J. SIDDONS LTD, WEST BROMWICH' the same sticker is on the other side. In the middle of the base it reads ' TO WEIGH 7lb'. The scales have a yellow/cream finish though bits of the finish is missing and rusty all over the base. The scales are comple with white...

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Salter Scales Salter Scales

Metal spring scale, with plastic front. Front reads 'SALTER (logo), MADE IN ENGLAND. The scales measure up to 4 ounces. The rear gives letter rates.

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Victorian Toy Horse

A wooden hand made toy horse, a much loved and played with toy, made by the donor's Grandfather in c.1900. The horse has been passed down from generation to generation and has undergone a few repaints.  The Collections team have fondly named the horse Henry .

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Soft toy rabbit, named Wilfred Soft toy rabbit, named Wilfred

Wilfred is a large toy rabbit who was won at the Pat Collins fair in Walsall, August 1930 by the donors father. He gifted Wilfred to his two sisters who  kept Wilfred and several  other toys in the family. Wilfred was much loved .

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WW2 Poultry Keepers Ration Book WW2 Poultry Keepers Ration Book

During World War Two, special poultry feed-mash ration coupons were available, provided that the poultry keeper had registered and produced an authorised ration card like this one. This ration card was only authorised on the agreement that the poultry keeper would contribute some of the produced eggs to the war...

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WW1 Peace Medal WW1 Peace Medal

This peace medal was issued by Tipton Urban District Council to celebrate the end of World War One. Peace celebrations were held across the country in July 1919 . 

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Token - Star Hotel Tipton Token - Star Hotel Tipton

The Star Hotel was at 185, Bloomfield Road, (now Dudley Road), Tipton. It had been owned by several companies through its time including Atkinsons Ltd, William Butler and Co. Ltd. and Mitchells and Butlers Ltd. After 1775 the Royal Mint suspended the striking of copper coins and therefore the need for small change...

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Willenhall Rushbrooke Farthing Willenhall Rushbrooke Farthing

Rushbrooke's was a family tea and grocery establishment in Willenhall, run by Joshua Rushbrooke who was a grocer, baker and confectioner. When this token/ coin was made, in 1844, there was a shortage of coins at the time and the issue of tokens was fairly common. After 1775 the Royal Mint suspended the...

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Bookies Runners Clock Bookies Runners Clock

Runners clocks like this were used in bookies from the 1920s until the 1960s. At that time, the only way to place a bet on the horses or dogs was by either placing it on the racetrack, or with a bookmaker.  A ‘clock’ was a stopwatch in a solid steel case and one, or two, very stout canvass bags...

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