Monthly Archives: April 2018

Jane Austen’s brother Charles

What seems a long time ago, but it was only in the middle of 2013, we visited Trincomalee in Sri Lanka. It was only on our way back from Sri Lanka that I discovered that Jane Austen’s brother was buried … Continue reading

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Replacement teeth in 1861

While rooting around the bowels of Welsh papers online in search of examples of Hayman’s Balsam of Horehound adverts I came across this rather splendid advertisement for replacement teeth from 1861: Merthyr Tydfil Telegraph 8 February 1861 What I find … Continue reading

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Hayman’s Balsam of Horehound

I was documenting some nineteenth century medicine bottles the other day and came across this rather nice example in bluish glass: and it was embossed Hayman’s Balsam of Horehound suggesting that it had held a cough medicine of some sort. … Continue reading

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Thomas Perry and Son Bilston

In the dispensary of Dow’s pharmacy there’s a rather impressive safe made by Thomas Perry and Son of Bilston near Wolverhampton in England. The safe is pretty substantial, and painted with a rather nice wood grain effect We can guess … Continue reading

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Of gardening, history, and digitisation

Recently, now the hot weather is over, I’ve been doing some work in the garden, planting and laying out garden beds, and in the process using the UK Royal Horticultural Society plant data sheets to help plan my planting. Not … Continue reading

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Stephens Endorsing Ink

This morning, while working on the project, I came across a bottle of Stephens blue endorsing ink. Actually, I found a second bottle of violet endorsing ink later in the day, but by then I’d solved the mystery of what … Continue reading

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