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Country Description Period Cost £ Image
Bolivia Seated, iron male and female fertility figures
(82g and H50mm)
   
Britain Simple bowl in pink terracotta with darker salt glaze slip (repaired and containing Roman tesserae)
(D178mm x H60mm)
Parthenon Gallery
Early 16th century 55.00
Britain Decagonal wooden string dispenser
(H165mm x D114mm x W114mm)
Circa 1930 5.00
China Attractive blue and white bowl with floral decoration
(382g and D152mm x H67mm)
Parthenon Gallery
Qing dynasty
early 19th century
58.00
China A terracotta figure of a guardian with pink polychrome on his robes and face and black decoration to the head dress
(532g and H229mm)
Parthenon Gallery
Tang dynasty
618 - 907 AD
85.00
China Horse figurine in cream terracotta
(304g)
MA Antiques (2A York Street, Bath BA1 1NG 01225 421125)
Song dynasty
960 - 1279 AD
75.00
China Ram figurine in cream terracotta
(220g)
MA Antiques (2A York Street, Bath BA1 1NG 01225 421125)
Song dynasty
960 - 1279 AD
75.00
China A terracotta plate decorated with a koi carp (symbolic of long life)
(466g and D210mm)
Parthenon Gallery
Late Qing dynasty
18th – 19th century
65.00
Egypt Small, green-blue faience ushabti funerary figurine
(6g and L45mm x W15mm)
Parthenon Gallery
Circa 600 BC 35.00
Egypt Blue Ushabti (clay with blue faience glaze) decorated with black hieroglyphs called "answerers" (inscriptions asserting their readiness to answer the gods' summons to work)
(106g and H144mm x W32mm x D40mm)
eBay item 7323791757
Late Period
circa 715 to 332 BC
57.82
Egypt Blue Ushabti (clay with blue faience glaze) decorated with decorated with black hieroglyphs called "answerers" (inscriptions asserting their readiness to answer the gods' summons to work)
(90g and H144mm x W32mm x D40mm)
Late Period
circa 715 to 332 BC
 
Egypt Ushabti in blue green faience "servant of the afterlife" decorated with a row of hieroglyphics and a cartouche, a tripartite wig and retains most of its blue faience. There is slight surface age and wear and areas of patina
(98g and H144mm x W46mm x D31mm)
eBay item 7324931530
Late Period, circa 715 to 332 BC 84.95
Egypt Stone Osiris statue decorated with hieroglyphics on his body and around the base
(616g and H290mm x W65mm x D60mm)
eBay item 7325748521
Upper Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18 circa 1570 to 1293 BC 80.28
Gaul French bronze "flat-winged axe" (548g and L203mm x W30-35mm) retrieved from Langdon Bay wreck 500m seaward of white cliffs, East of Dover Harbour, Kent. The Langdon Bay assemblage was recovered 500m offshore from Dover cliffs and circa 3 km from the site of the Dover boat and consists of circa 360 tools and weapons and a few ornaments, all dating to the late MBA (1300-1150 BC).The finds were in varying stages of completeness, corrosion, fragmentation.
The stylistic origins of the finds are widespread between Brittany and the Lower Rhine area. The types and numbers upset existing distribution maps, and the object composition finds no parallels in land assemblages on either side of the Continent e.g. median-winged axes, of which there are 59 in the Langdon Bay assemblage, are extremely rare in Britain with only a couple of other known examples. They are common however in central Europe and eastern France but mostly as single finds.
First discovered by sports divers Simon Stevens and Mike Hadlow in August 1974, the site was designated as an historic wreck site in 1977 and investigated from 1978 on by archaeologist Keith Muckelroy and Alan Moat and his team from the Dover Sub-Aqua Club who recovered some 360 Bronze Age artefacts.
David Chamberlain had a small part in the Langdon Bay site. His late friend, Alan Moat, was licensee and had a number of winged axe heads cast in bronze to test the drift of the objects underwater. The axes were placed, measured and recorded from the base line. Problem was, they did not inform the other divers and the next dive produced a lot of brand new artefacts. [1]
Late Middle Bronze Age (circa 1300 to 1150 BC)  
Greece Archaic Greek oil lamp in buff terracotta
(110g and D89mm x L102mm)
7th – 6th century BC 65.00
India (?) Painted wooden spice rack decorated with white geometric markings
(994g and W200mm x D200mm x H160mm)
   
India Circular painted (red) wooden spice pot
(158g and D85mm x H105mm)
   
India Circular painted (green) wooden spice pot
(54g and D76mm x H76mm)
   
India Red, yellow and black decorated octagonal wooden spice pot with metal loop, catch and two hinges and 16 painted glazed panels
(308g and H121mm x W114mm x D114mm)
   
India (?) Dark wood pyramidal box
(256g and L89mm x D76mm x H152mm)
   
Indonesia
(Sasak Lombok)
Buffalo horn medicine vial with frog lid
(72g and H114mm)
   
Indonesia (?) Black wooden flask decorated with red and yellow geometrical designs
(62g and H86mm x D76mm)
   
Indus Valley Painted buffware pottery jar decorated with geometric designs in brown pigments (lightly damaged on rim)
(104g and H75mm)
Circa 3,000 BC 51.01
Indus Valley Painted buffware pottery jar decorated with geometric designs in brown pigments (lightly damaged on the rim)
(106g and H70mm)
eBay item 7324652286
Circa 3,000 BC 36.01
Nepal or Burma Buddhist prayer box 19th century 125.00
Palestine Dipper in buff terracotta with loop handle used for extracting and drinking liquids from amphorae
(148g and D76mm x L114mm)
Parthenon Gallery
Early Bronze Age
circa 3,100 - 2,900 BC
45.00
Palestine Bowl in cream terracotta and standing on a ring foot
(888g and D215mm x H90mm)
Parthenon Gallery
Middle Bronze Age
circa 2,200 - 1,900 BC
65.00
Roman A redware (north African ?) terracotta plate
(488g and D270mm)
Parthenon Gallery
2nd – 3rd Century AD 120.00
Roman A redware (north African ?) terracotta bowl
(180g and D137mm)
Parthenon Gallery
2nd – 3rd century AD 95.00
Roman Cream ware jug on a foot ring
(348g and H158mm)
Circa 200 BC - 100 AD 52.75
Roman Glazed terracotta pottery rattle toy in the shape of a mythical animal (bird’s body with a dog's head), set on a small foot with hollow body containing a small bead for sound
(108g and H76mm x L102mm)
eBay item 7317700905
Circa 3rd century AD 79.76
Roman Terracotta plumb bob
(40g and H45mm x D31mm)
eBay item 7329146428
2nd century AD 21.02
Roman Circular toy pottery "buzzer" such as found at Karanis, Graeco-Roman Egypt
(44g and D57mm x H15mm)
2nd century AD 4.99
Roman 40 tesserae from a UK villa   32.55
Sicily Triangular fragment of road surface from Syracusa, Sicily comprising concrete and small terracotta pieces (opus signinum)
(16g and L40mm x W30mm x D30mm)
eBay item 7319202904
3rd century BC 4.00
Sicily Triangular fragment of road surface from Syracusa, Sicily comprising concrete and small terracotta pieces (opus signinum)
(1,044g and L150mm x W140mm x D80mm)
eBay item 7319202904
3rd century BC 11.00
Syro-Hittite Free-standing, two-headed terracotta mother goddess figure. Intact with small chip on base
(118g and H165mm)
eBay item 7315806213
Circa 1,500 – 1,200 BC 62.00
Thailand Wooden statuette of Phra Mae Thoranee
(126g and H152mm x W57mm x D64mm)
   
Thailand Gold-coloured, wooden seated Buddha
(352g and H152mm x W114mm x D76mm)
   
Burma (Myanmar) Gold-coloured figure of a kneeling, praying Buddhist monk with Sanskrit legend on rear of red coloured base
(292g and H178mm x W76mm x D101mm)
   
Thailand Wooden loom pulley
(50g and H127mm)
   
Burma (Myanmar) A Me Ye Yi, "The Lady of the Running Waters", is a Burmese Nat angel spirit with top knot hair style wearing a black south west Asian dress decorated with white markings (such as would have been worn by a commoner from the end of the nineteenth century) on plain plinth, hand-carved in teak probably during the Mandalay Period (1752-1885) holding a sword in her right hand (missing) offering the other hand with palm lifted up as to receive a gift
(1,692g and H300mm x W178mm x D127mm)
See similar examples below:
 
   
West Africa Wooden comb in the shape of a fish
(56g and L216mm x W64mm - gift from Mario Asin)
   
West Africa Wooden knife with head handle
(40g and L250mm x W40mm)
   
Britain Church offertory box Victorian 27.88
Britain Church offertory box Victorian 29.99
Britain Church offertory box Victorian 23.99
Britain Octagonal church offertory box Victorian 61.25
Britain Octagonal church offertory box
L89cm eight-sided box 22cm
Victorian 18.00
Britain Circular church offertory box
L55cm Diameter 17cm
Victorian 31.00
Britain Green velvet church offertory bag with wooden handles. Velvet bag has some fading. Wooden handle in good condition Victorian 3.99
Britain Church offertory bag with a brass crucifix frame and a hand embroidered satin stitch cross-worked in two shades of silky green cotton thread and couched in gold wrapped thread. The bag is made from 'ribbed' beige fabric and lined with gold silk or silky type material. Victorian 12.80
France Hand carved hardwood figure of Saint Ivo of Kermartin (17 October 1253 - 19 May 1303), also known Yvo or Ives, was a parish priest among the poor of Louannec, the only one of his station to be canonized in the Middle Ages. He is the patron of Brittany, lawyers and abandoned children. His feast day is 19 May. Poetically, he is referred to as "Advocate of the Poor".
(H26cm on a 7cmx5cm base)
  40.00
Chinese
Japanese
Hand carved female figure of Kwan Yin (Guanyin) the bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by east asian buddhists. The name Guanyin is short for Guanshiyin, which means "observing the cries of the world".
(H15cm)
  20.99
England Three home-made mahogany fishing net needles from Kent and beeswax from same source
L24, 28 & 29cm x W2.5cm
mid 20th century 12.00
England Eight (8) antique sailor's sail repair needles in small japanned tin. There are three different sizes of needle ranging from 8.7 cm to 11.6 cm in length. Seven of the needles have a maker's mark engraved on them - the two longest are by "A. Shrimpton" and five are by "W. Adams & Co". The tin measures 13 cm (H) x 2 cm (D)
(eBay item 201201211730)
Not known 22.77
England Allcock's Fishing Gazette float Not known, possibly 1960s 32.56
England Allcock's Fishing Gazette float (2 in)
(eBay item 221766946644)
Not known, possibly 1960s 32.40
England Hardy's "Longbow" beachcaster 11ft 3in fibreglass sea fishing rod (2-4 oz) designed by Leslie Moncrieff
(eBay item 141489126449)
early 1960s 64.00
England Hardy's "Longbow" beachcaster 11ft 9in fibreglass sea fishing rod (4-6 oz) designed by Leslie Moncrieff
(eBay item 221651110908)
1960s 40.00
England Hardy's "Longbow" beachcaster 12ft 3in fibreglass sea fishing rod (6-8 oz) designed by Leslie Moncrieff
(eBay item 381177376270)
1960s 62.00
England K. P. Morritt Limited Intrepid Sea Streak sea fishing multiplier reel (in box)
(eBay item 281511336304)
1960s 40.00
England K. P. Morritt Limited Intrepid Surf Cast fixed spool sea fishing reel (in box)
(eBay item 221666287266)
1964 26.99
England K. P. Morritt Limited Intrepid Surf Cast fixed spool sea fishing reel with spare spool (in box)
(eBay item 171542703337)
1964 17.85
England Brass door knocker in the form of a galleon (296g)
(eBay item 361090638698)
Not known 10.50
England Pair of brass sailing ship bookends
(eBay item 371171580225)
Not known, possibly 1930s 25.22
Germany Ceramic bust of Charles Dickens inscribed "Dickens" on its plinth and "ERPHILA Germany" on the base
(190g and H125 x W80)
not known, possibly 20th century  
England Parian bust of W.H. Goss inscribed "W.H. Goss" on plinth and bearing the Goss goshawk on the base
(254g and H160 x W110)
Early 20th century  
England Steel fids (marlin spikes or splicing needles)
(eBay item 371296094552)
not know, possibly late 19th century 3.40
West Africa Wire biplane toy 20th century  
West Africa Wire bicycle toy 20th century  
Sicily Majolica stoup early 21st century 120.00
New York, USA Cast iron rams x 2 20th century 20.00
England Tunbridge ware masonic cribbage board 20th century 100.00
Scotland Naive square stitch embroidered sailing ship in wooden frame mid 19th century 25.00
Germany Cast iron owl clock 1930s 20.00
England Maynards Toffee tin 1920s 10.00
India
Afghanistan
Lacquer boxes (x3) 20th century ?
India
Afghanistan
Lacquer boxes (x3) 20th century ?
England Goss ware - Manx (x7) 1930s ?
England Arts and Crafts period decorated wooden "page turner" 1880 - 1910 13.30
Roman Silver Denarius, grade VF+, RIC 483 [Antoninus Pius], RSC 762, BMC 998. Obverse: AVRELIVS CAES AVG PII F. Bare head with beard of Marcus Aurelius to right. Reverse: TR POT XIIII COS II. Minerva standing right, brandishing javelin in right hand and holding round shield in left. Rome (Trier, Germany ?) mint, A.D. 159-160. 3.3 g, 16 mm diameter. TRP = holder of the chief civil authority for XIIII (14) years. Discovered at Kingsdown, Kent 159-160 A.D. (gift)
Roman Bronze Follis, Constantine I (307-337 A.D.) London mint 307-337 A.D. (gift)
Roman Bronze Antoninianus, Gallienus (258-268 A.D.) 258-268 A.D. (gift)
England George III "cartwheel" 2 pence, grade EF, 56g (2 oz) 1.6" diameter, struck at Matthew Boulton's Soho mint, Birmingham 1797 (gift)
England
Single leg (234g, 9cm) and handle (186g, 10cm) from a 16th/17th century bronze tripod cauldron found in east Kent
16th/17th century (gift)
England Bronze pommel for a dagger or sword (72g) found in east Kent ? (gift)
England Machined stone 2½ lb ball (possibly diamictite carrying clasts of igneous and metamorphic rocks, Varanger Peninsula, Norway) discovered in the 1990s by Douglas Pettit at a depth of approximately 12 to 15 inches in the rear garden of his house at 108 Blenheim Road, Walmer Kent: circumference 12" (30cm), diameter 9.55 cm, 2lb 8 oz (1.158 Kg) 19th century ? (gift)

[1] The Bronze Age Wreck by David Chamberlain

One of the oldest shipwrecks to be found in Britain lies just off Dover harbour's Eastern Arm. This shipwreck, which there are no remains, dates back from middle to late Bronze Age, around 1300 B.C. Under the circumstances of over three thousand years of underwater erosion there would be no chance of the wooden vessel being found; however, the vessels cargo was still intact.

In August, 1974, two sport divers, Simon Stevens and Mike Hadlow, found some strange bronze objects on the seabed in Langdon Bay. The initial thought was that they were bits and pieces from explosion damage at the harbour in the Second World War. Further investigation showed that they were Bronze Age axe heads. After several dives and more artefacts being found, it was decided that this was an important site and expert help was needed.

To stop the site being looted by unscrupulous divers, the British Government put a protection order on the 'wreck' and had it designated as a historic wreck site in 1977. By the end of the 1978 dive season the eminent archaeologist, Keith Mukelroy and his team from the Dover British Sub Aqua Club had brought ashore 135 more bronze artefacts. These comprised of axe heads, spear heads, swords and daggers. A year later, Professor Mukelroy unfortunately was drowned in another archaeological project in Scotland.

Alan Moat, diving officer of the Dover Sub Aqua Club, took over as licensee and continued the search for more bronzes. This was done in a professional manner with the seabed being mapped out and the finds charted with their positions. The bronzes came from a small area 600 yards from the beach and close to the harbour wall. They were of different shapes and sizes and some of the sword blades had been cleanly cut in pieces. This puzzled the team, until they came to the conclusion they could have been scrap metal and the vessel was carry them as cargo.

The National Maritime Museum, along with the British Museum took the finds for analyse, preservation and protection. They found a few of the bronze artefacts were not of British origin and some came from the Continent. It was concluded that the vessel that had been carrying them was a cross Channel trader.

Over the years Alan Moat and a team of divers from the Dover Sub Aqua Club carried on with the exploration for the rest of the cargo. They used underwater metal detectors and visual search, meticulously logging each find and submitting a report to the museums annually. These searches were always hampered by sediment on the chalk seabed and bad underwater visibility.

Before Alan tragically died in 1998, the British Museum held the 360 Bronze Age artefacts from the site. These have been returned for the general public to view in Dover Museum, along with the Bronze Age boat which was discovered under Townwall Street. The display gives an indication of life three and a half thousand years ago and a possible flourishing trade with Europe.

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