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Rufford Brick Rufford Brick

Glazed brick manufactured by the Stourbridge firm of Rufford & Co. As well as manufacturing fire-bricks and glazed bricks, the firm achieved fame through the manufacture of glazed baths, sinks and troughs.

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Glass Plate Glass Plate

Glass plate, manufactured by Chance Brothers Limited, ca. 1975.

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Glass Plate Glass Plate

Glass Fiestaware plate, manufactured by Chance Brothers Limited. The plate is decorated with the 'lace' pattern, which was used by Chance from 1951 until the 1980s.

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Limekilns Limekilns

Limekilns, completed by 1842. These kilns were used for burning the limestone quarried nearby in the Wren's Nest and Castle Hill. The 'quick lime' produced from this process could be used in mortar, as a fertiliser or to make whitewash. The kilns are one of the few original features on the Museum site, and they form...

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Medal Medal

One of several medals awarded to George King Harrison Limited of Stourbridge for fireclay products. This medal was awarded at the International Exhibition in Sydney, 1879.

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Palethorpes Box Palethorpes Box

Box for 'Royal Cambridge' sausages, manufactured by Palethorpes Limited of Tipton.

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Racecourse Colliery Racecourse Colliery

Racecourse Colliery, constructed over one of the original mine shafts at the Museum. The shaft was originally one of the Earl of Dudley's small pits, Coneygree Colliery No. 126, which operated from 1860 to 1902.

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Trade exhibition medal Trade exhibition medal

Medal awarded to George King Harrison Limited of Stourbridge for fireclay products at the 1878 International Exhibition in Paris. Black Country fireclay was exported as far as Japan. The material was crucial to the iron, china and glass industries

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Printing block Printing block

The museum has large collections of printing blocks used in the production of trade catalogues for locally made goods

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Painting and Decorating Tools Painting and Decorating Tools

A collection of painting and decorating tools from Wolverhampton. The collection includes a book of gold leaf, a book of sign writer’s letters a wide brush and a roller tool. The collection also features a newspaper cutting titled 'dearer than gold'. It talks about the use of sable hair which makes the 'best...

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Terracotta Plant Pot Terracotta Plant Pot

A terracotta pot made in Darlaston. Many of these type of pots were made in the Black Country though it’s rare to find them complete and with a makers stamp.

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Safety Helmet Safety Helmet

Plain white plastic safety helmet with 2 metal fixings on exterior at the front and the back, there are 4 inner straps of woven cotton fabric tied together in the centre and a band of white leather sewn to each strap to adjust according to head size attached to the helmet with nylon string strung through 16 holes...

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Bottle Bottle

green glass bottle, height:245mm, base dia:65mm, top dia: 30mm. Text on front: Rutland & Lett Ltd/ Dudley

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Bottle Bottle

green glass bottle, height: 205mm, base dia: 65mm, top dia: 25mm. Front: 'North Worcestershire Breweries LimTD' around bottle encased in a belt, centre 'Stourbridge'

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Terracotta Pot Terracotta Pot

Small terrcotta plant pot, stamped 'WARD DARLASTON STAFFS' around circumference of the top edge, central hole in base, two small dips around top edge, some diagonal scratches on interior.

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Terracotta Pot Terracotta Pot

Small terrcotta plant pot, stamped 'WARD DARLASTON STAFFS' around circumference of the top edge, central hole in base, diagonal scratches and small black stain on interior

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Terracotta Pot Terracotta Pot

Small terrcotta plant pot, partial indistinguishable marking' along a section of the circumference of the top edge, small central hole in base, some markings on interior

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Terracotta Pot Terracotta Pot

Small terrcotta plant pot, partial indistinguishable marking's along a section of the circumference of the top edge, small central hole in base, diagonal scratches on interior.

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Terracotta Pot Terracotta Pot

Small terrcotta plant pot, partial indistinguishable marking' along a section of the circumference of the top edge below the small rim, central hole in base, diagonal scratches and deep ridges on interior, indents and ridges of hardened clay-slip-like  substance on bottom half of exterior.

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Beer Bottle Beer Bottle

brown glass beer bottle 275ml with silver sticker on the front. The label reads 'BANKS'S 1977 THE QUEEN'S SILVER JUBILEE, SPECIAL JUBILEE ALE'. The right hand side of the label reads 'brewed and bottled by the Wolverhampton & Dudley breweries LTD. Wolverhampton, England.' The left of the sticker reads ' 275ml...

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Beer Bottle Beer Bottle

brown glass beer bottle, with gold label. The label reads ' BANKS'S Wedding Brew, STRONG ALE, MINIMUM CONTENTS 9 3/4 FLOZ 275ml' 'BREWED AND BOTTLED BY THE WOLVERHAMPTON AND DUDLEY BREWERIES LTD. WOLVERHAMPTON ENGLAND'. The bottle has a brown cap  with a wedding bell design.

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Box of Nettlefolds Screws Box of Nettlefolds Screws

Box of screws, top part of box lifts off and has the GKN logo printed on in blue. The front of this part of the box has a green sticker which reads "NETTLEFOLDS, COUNTERSUNK HEAD, One (a castle logo) Gro' The bottom line reads 'SCREWS MADE IN BRITAIN' with a 1 and an 8 either side.

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Box of Brass Nettlefolds Screws Box of Brass Nettlefolds Screws

box of screws with GKN branding printed in blue on the top part of the box. The top part of the box lifts off. There is a yellow sticker on the front of the box that reads on the left hand side "SLOTTED BRASS, RAISED, ART 51" on the right had side of the sticker reads "200 NETTLEFOLDS WOOD SCREWS 6 x 3/4

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Box of Nettlefolds screws Box of Nettlefolds screws

box of screws with GKN branding printed in blue on the top part of the box. The top part of the box lifts off. There is a green and white on the front of the box that reads on the left hand side "SLOTTED STEEL, C'SUNK, ART 1 - 29" on the right had side of the sticker reads "200 NETTLEFOLDS WOOD SCREWS 8 x 5/8.' the...

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Box of Steel Nettlefolds Screws Box of Steel Nettlefolds Screws

Box of screws with GKN branding printed in blue on the top part of the box. The top part of the box lifts off. There is a blue sticker on the front of the box that reads on the left hand side "SLOTTED STEEL, C'SUNK, ART 1" on the right had side of the sticker reads "200 NETTLEFOLDS WOOD SCREWS 8 x 1 1/4".

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Box of Steel Nettlefolds Screws Box of Steel Nettlefolds Screws

Box of screws with GKN branding printed in blue on the top part of the box. The top part of the box lifts off. There is a green sticker on the front of the box that reads on the left hand side "SLOTTED STEEL, C'SUNK, ART 1" on the right had side of the sticker reads "200 NETTLEFOLDS WOOD SCREWS 6 x 1 1/2.

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Box of Steel Nettlefolds Screws Box of Steel Nettlefolds Screws

box of screws plain cardboard packaging. The top part of the box opens. There is a green sticker on the lid of the box that reads on the left hand side "3/4" in the middle " NETTLEFOLDS, One (castle logo) Gro, SCREWS, MADE IN BRITAIN" on the right hand side "10".

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Box of Steel Nettlefolds Screws Box of Steel Nettlefolds Screws

box of screws plain cardboard packaging. The top part of the box opens. There is a green sticker on the lid of the box that reads on the left hand side "1 3/4" in the middle " NETTLEFOLDS, One (castle logo) Gro, SCREWS, MADE IN BRITAIN" on the right hand side "16".

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Horse Whip Horse Whip

The whip is made out of braided rope, it is knotted to a wooden stick, the braid gradually gets narrower towards the end of the whip. Whip measures 1350mm. The handle is made out of wood and has cotton braiding around it.

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Horse Harness Horse Harness

part of a horse harness, black/brown leather. It is decorated with two bells and two brass pieces. The harness also has 2 brass  buckles

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Helliwells Check Helliwells Check

A  check or  identification tag that engineers used to clock in and clock out of a shift. This is from Helliwells  Ltd, Dudley, they went on to specialise in aero engineering.    

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Tally Board for Mining Tally Board for Mining

A tally board such as this was used like a clocking system, to indicate whether a miner was in or out the mine. The miner would take their tag with them when they started a shift and return it at the end. This tally board was manufactured by E. C Theedam Ltd, Dudley who were originally manufacturers of colliery...

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