|Mudlarking Find Clay Pipe With Royal Coat of Arms|
|Coat of Arms atop Hampton Court Gates|
It's likely to be George III, the most recent monarch to include the French Fleur de lis, my history isn't good enough to throw light on why there is French representation, it disappeared when George IV took the throne in 1820. The red lion rearing in red border represents Scotland linked with England in the 1707 Act of union. My only reference point are the small paper flags stuck into the sandcastles of our childhood.
|Royal Coat of Arms 1714- 1801 George II|
The two beheaded rampant animals are probably the English Lion on the left and the Irish Unicorn on the right. The writing is impossible to read, I assumed it would be Latin but in fact its probably French. The words in the circle are likely to be 'Honi Soil Qui Mal Y Pense' 'Shamed be he who thinks evil of it' sometimes reinterpreted as 'Evil be to him who evil thinks'.
|George I (middlesex-heraldry.org.uk)|
Other finds are far more straight forward. A lovely pipe with minute perfectly rendered oak leaves running over the backbone of its bowl.
|Clay Pipe with Oak Leave 1830 -1900.|
|Mudlarking Find Lion from Freshen Stoneware 1485- 1700|
|Bartmann Jug with Lion and Crown Medallion Freshen 1551 - 1700 (Museum of London)|
|Mudlarking Find: Handpainted Chinese House decorating the bottom of a bowl|
|Mudlarking Find: Fragment of 17th C German Westerwald Stoneware|
|17th Century Westerwald mug with moulded and applied rosettes (Crocker Farm)|
|Mudlarking Find: Delftware shard 1571-1800|