Find of the day has to be a 300-450 year old almost complete salt-glazed stoneware Bellamine face. History and previously found fragments appear in an earlier blog post Bartmann jugs. My sister found one a month ago and I’ve been looking for an example since I began mudlarking, so really pleased to have finally captured this face.
|Thames Mudlarking Find of the Day Bellamine Face|
There were only 5 others mudlarking today. I met a lovely guy from Florida, who comes over once a year to mudlark on the Thames, when the tides are at their lowest. As I was leaving the foreshore another guy came over to show us these tiny very old cuff links. He’s been mudlarking for 32 years and had also found a few coins, clearly he has developed an expert ‘eye’. The coins still elude me and my Florida companion.
Nothing else particularly of note was found today, but nonetheless some nice examples of delft, slipware, Westerwald, porcelain and other bits and pieces. Still can’t resist picking up those Elizabethan pins when I come across a scattering amongst the mud. Today’s full mudlarking haul is pictured below
|Thames Mudlarking Haul from Today|
Took longer to get home as city roads were closed as the crowds amassed to see the jubilee procession, so had to navigate through the back streets. As I walked up our steep road my phone rang, my eldest had just woken up ready for scrambled eggs on toast.