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Perfume Bottle found in Cellar Excavation

Perfume Bottle

A small piece of glass with the following embossed writing Graelle & Cie Parfumeurs The name does not return any positive results by searching on the net, so the date of the glass and the original manufacturer remain unknown.

Remains of Yorks Bottlers Association Trademark ™

The above bottle whilst not intact has a really good embossed trademark York Bottlers Association Ltd The symbol features what looks like two crossed wooden glass handling implements along with a slightly different third vertical implement, each of the pieces has one of the letters which form the association name YBA.

Sheffield Stainless Steel Knife

Sheffield Stainless Steel Knife

Amongst the general debris was the knife shown above, which clearly shows how good Firth Stainless is or was? Only the non-stainless hilt shows signs of corrosion, testiment to the quality of Sheffield steels, not that I'll be buttering my toast with it!

Pots & Sundry Items

Ceramic Pot

The above is one example of perhaps twenty or thirty found, many broken, at best like this one, only cracked.

They are all preserve jars, one had the remnants of a label, but this was too damaged to photograph successfully.

Bell System

Bell Activation System

Amongst the lesser obvious items found were these two fragments from the house bell alert system. A visit to Lotherton confirmed identical brass pieces still in working order in the servants part of the house. The larger piece contains a mounting face plate which supports a pivot carrying three arms, with a wire attached to each end of the curved arms. The purpose of this was clearly to allow the wires to carry the signal arround a 90° corner. The lower piece is identical to one at Lotherton Hall which takes the wires from the rear door entrance doorbell up to above head height.

Brass Handle

The photo above is a brass handle quite possibly the door pull from one of the main entrance doors.

Bookplate Recently Acquired

Thomas Gascoigne Bookplate

The above picture is taken from an original bookplate, produced for Sir Thomas Gascoigne 8th Bart, the description below sets out what bookplates were and a visit to the site gives a comprehensive history of the practice.

The following extract is from Ex-Libris or The Mark of Possession of Books [By the end of the fifteenth century, printing was well established all over Europe, and with it, the availability of books multiplied geometrically. Logically, the owner of a now larger library wanted all his volumes to be marked as his property. Since having each book decorated with a hand-painted ex-libris was too costly, artists were solicited to make a small wood or metal engraving with the owner's coat of arms, which could be pasted into each volume.]

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Parlington Hall in the late Nineteenth century. Taken from a photograph provided
by the Garforth Historical Society.