Medieval London

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Hanging oil lamp depicted in a Christian church, c. 1300.

A whetstone made of black slate which bears scratch marks from usage. Also worn on one end and bears a hole near the top.

Another example of a metal hanging oil lamp. Bowls are used for the oil and short wicks could be added. The lamp had numerous bowls so as to provide more light for a larger space.

Hanging metal lamp, perhaps Jewish, likely from the 12th century.

This is a mirror case made out of bone. The art work on the bone depict two towers and two trees beneath it. It is thought to originally had three towers; however, the third tower broke off. This three-piece mirror case is held together with copper…

This is a mirror case made out of copper alloy and glass. It was made in the late 13th-mid 14th century. It measures in total 80 mm around and has a diameter of 30 mm.

This illuminated manuscript from Paris (c. 1495-1505) shows, on the bottom lower left, a man kneeling and holding a spoon in his right hand to stir the ingredients in the pot.

This copper alloy seal was discovered in the Thames in London. The image on the seal is two birds, most likely cormorants facing each other with their beaks touching and a fleur-de-lys in between the two birds with an inscription in Latin of the seal…

An architectural design of a corbel. The illustration demonstrates the preparation in design that is necessary for the production of each corbel. Depending upon the structural needs of a specific building, a unique corbel would need to be designed…

This page belongs to an edition of The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, printed by William Caxton in London in 1476. These tales and others of chivalry, adventure, and romance became extremely popular and sold quickly among the city's…
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