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Post by Cathy » 19 Dec 2019, 17:21

Did creatures once live in it?
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Post by plaques » 19 Dec 2019, 21:06

Some kind of clay counting tablet?

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Post by chinatyke » 20 Dec 2019, 01:53

plaques wrote:
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Some kind of clay counting tablet?
Similar to a cribbage board?
Or a form of calendar?

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Post by Stanley » 20 Dec 2019, 02:57

Looks like some sort of tally to me.
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Post by plaques » 20 Dec 2019, 09:53

Its the hole pattern that attracts me. A row of nine for digits, A row of ten for the 'ten's' column. A center row of four for the hundreds plus a single hole for five hundred. Therefore should be able to count up to 999. On the other hand????

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Post by Tizer » 20 Dec 2019, 11:17

Plaques was quick off the mark with `clay counting tablet' then China with cribbage and Stanley with tally. It is made of clay and is displayed in the museum at Wells, Somerset, and Mrs Tiz took the photo last week when she went to a Christmas event at the cathedral. It has the caption `Miner's clay tally or gaming board. From Green Ore Lead Mine, Mendip. Donated by Luke Devenish in 1969. Accession number 427.' This prompted me to wonder if Devenish did more than just donate a bit of holey clay to a museum. It turns out he was a famous figure in cave exploration and was president of the Wessex Caving Club until 1993. Even the Craven Pothole Club referred to him as `Luke Devenish, a colourful long-term Mendip caver' in one of their publications. Then I found this article about him - read it and you'll see that he was what we Brits like to call `a character'! LINK

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Post by Gloria » 20 Dec 2019, 11:58

A good spot Mrs Tiz, well done.
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Post by Stanley » 21 Dec 2019, 04:22

Nice one Janet!

Try this one....

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Post by Cathy » 21 Dec 2019, 04:54

Can’t make up my mind if it’s made of bricks, giant lego or sand (in the way a sandcastle is made) ?
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Post by Stanley » 21 Dec 2019, 07:16

:biggrin2:
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Post by Wendyf » 21 Dec 2019, 07:20

It's a Mallard loco designed by Sir Nigel Gresley (my bro had one of that name in his train set) built out of bricks. In the northeast somewhere...

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Post by Big Kev » 21 Dec 2019, 07:30

Wendyf wrote:
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It's a Mallard loco designed by Sir Nigel Gresley (my bro had one of that name in his train set) built out of bricks. In the northeast somewhere...
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Post by Stanley » 21 Dec 2019, 07:51

Oh Dear!! That didn't last long, you are both right of course. Back to the drawing board!

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What's this cheerful image about?
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Post by plaques » 21 Dec 2019, 08:28

The big stink 1853 from the effluent in the river Thames.

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Post by Gloria » 21 Dec 2019, 08:32

The Black Death.
That was brilliant Mrs Tiz, very well done 👏
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Post by Tizer » 21 Dec 2019, 09:39

It led to Bazalgette's sewers.

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Post by Stanley » 22 Dec 2019, 04:47

P and Tiz are right of course.

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This is my favourite Black Death image....

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Similar subject and too easy but what was the subject of this image?
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Post by Tizer » 22 Dec 2019, 10:22

Cholera in London?

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Post by Stanley » 23 Dec 2019, 04:55

Well done Tiz. Spot on.

I'll try again! What's going on here?

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Post by Gloria » 23 Dec 2019, 08:29

Oooo, have we seen this before, it rings a bell in my forgetful brain?
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Post by Stanley » 23 Dec 2019, 08:34

Not from me Gloria, as far as I know this is new.
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Post by Tizer » 23 Dec 2019, 10:00

Is it Jacob Rees-Mogg's alarm clock? :smile:

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Post by plaques » 23 Dec 2019, 10:37

I cheated in a offbeat way. The mechanism reminded of the Spirograph toys for drawing fancy ellipse type patterns. Googling Spirograph i got... In 1827 English architect and engineer Peter Hubert Desvignes developed his "Speiragraph",[1] a machine to create elaborate spiral drawings, intended to prevent bank note forgeries. Without cheating any further I'll offer this up as a replica of his machine.

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Post by Stanley » 24 Dec 2019, 03:42

I like that Tiz! It's old enough to be that.
P, in a funny way you are getting very warm but not that. Sorry.
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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Bodger » 24 Dec 2019, 08:47

Ornamental lathe related, for setting the design programme?

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