I don’t usually go mudlarking on a Sunday, expecting the foreshore to have been too well picked over by the end of the weekend. The beauty was the church bells ringing out, which doesn’t seem to happen outside the centre of London anymore. First Southwark Cathedral and then as I walked homewards the wondrous bells of St Pauls, the Choir was still emanating from the Millennium bridge speakers, all rather uplifting.
This time I didn’t come across a thrilling find, but as usual when I got home and reflected on the bits and pieces I’d picked up, concluded there were quite a few satisfying pieces.
Complete clay pipe bowls were picked up today rather than left for another beachcomber, as I have a plan for these. The small one is from 1660 and the larger ones from 1700 – 1820.
|Clay Pipes Found Mudlarking no the Thames|
Scouped up a small collection of rather nice Westerwald shards, the cobalt blue still so strong, one even included the rare manganese. The incised patterns and colouring are so definite.
|Westerwald Shards Found Mudlarking on the Thames|
|Mudlarking Find: Roof on Delft Tile|
|Mudlarking Find: Iridescent Glass|
Not well photographed I’m afraid, but a rather fetching group of very delicate porcelain fragments, I suspect from tea ware.
|Mudlarking Finds, delicate Porcelain fragments from teaware|
I seldom find black transferware and unusual to find a picture that isn’t flowers.
|Mudlarking Find: Stoneware with W: Num 95|
|Thames Mudlarking: The rest of the Days Finds|