Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Monday, 30 July 2012
Back to the wonderful old church again, last week. Parts of it - like that amazing stone tower - are about 1000 years old, and the newest bits date from the mid 19th century.
Inside the village hall which is attached to it, the girlie models for H.I.'s Summer School.
The latest lump of scrap metal, bought a couple of weeks ago, just before I turned the last Volvo into scrap. A massive, bell-metal mortar with a brass pestle, dating from around 1750.
Most of these mortars and pestles were used in conjunction with the tobacco industry (grinding snuff, etc.) because the metal would usually react badly with certain medicinal chemicals, tainting them and making them potentially poisonous unless removed pretty quickly. They were also used for pounding small quantities of gunpowder, because the bronze and brass would not spark when struck together.
Most of the early apothecary's M's and Ps were wooden (before expensive porcelain was invented), so hardly any have survived intact. There are plenty of these brazen ones left around - I have three - so they are surprisingly cheap to buy. This one is a beaut, but I expect it will end up being sold on again.
It's nice being close to good-looking things for a while though, including girlie's green eyes and the church.