Medieval London

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A Tailor, dressed in an orange surcoat, using shears to cut out and shape a coat. From the Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary, British Library, MS Harley 6563, f. 65.

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A tailor working with a woman to tailor her gown. A pair of shears is on the table in front of him, which is often used in the tailoring process.

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An alembic was an apparatus, usually made of two vessels connected by a tube, which was used for the distillation of various substances, mostly liquids. The word alembic can be used to describe both the entire apparatus and part of the apparatus in…

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This particular anchor was found from the River Thames, at Blackfriars. It was made sometime between the 9th and 11th century. It is dark gray in color, has a broken shank, a crown in which is fitted and pierced with a loose ring, and pointed…

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Querns and millstones appear frequently in Biblical literature. This image is an illustration of a passage from the Book of Revelation where an angel throws a stone into the sea to symbolize destruction. Medieval sources, such as this manuscript,…

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

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This crucible is made of earthenware ceramic, a type of pottery that is usually twice fired, once to the point of vitrification (making the material slightly porous) and a second time with a glaze to overcome the porosity. It displays the wide rim…

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A grey, rectangular whetstone from the early medieval period. This whetstone is well-worn from use and carries a notch near the top for portability.

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In this woodcut from Lazarus Ercker's Beschreibung aller furnemisten mineralischen Ertzt vnnd Bergtwercks arten ('Description of the Principle Mineral Ores and Methods of Mining'), published in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1580, one may see how the alembic…

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This Knife which is from the fifteenth century, is referred to as the "half-moon" knife because of its shape. This knife is specifically used by craftsmen who work with leather. As recorded in the Museum of London, this knife has a height of 83 mm,…
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