A Word a Week Challenge – Old Metal

Sue’s Word a Week challenge this week is Metallic. I’ve gone with “Old Metal” and found some photos from my collection that show some older pieces made of metal, some of them centuries or even millennia old.

This is the Gundestrup Cauldron. It was found in a bog in Denmark but it’s not likely it was made there. From the type of silverwork, archaeologists think it could be Thracean or from central Europe and it’s dated from between 200 B.C. to about 300 A.D.

Gundestrup Cauldron, National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen

Some more artifacts from northern Europe, these are from the Yorvik Viking Centre in York, England and show off some of the old jewelry found in excavations in York of the Viking settlement areas.

Viking artifacts and jewellry, Yorvik Viking Centre, York, UK

Flipping ahead a thousand or so years and we’re in medieval England. This is a dog collar, one of many found at the small Dog Collar Museum in Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent in England.

Medieval dog collar from the Dog Collar Museum in Leeds Castle.

Let’s jump forward to the Tudor era in London on Lombard Street where the early banks and moneylenders set up shop. Symbols like these took the place of proper signs since most of the common folk could not read.

Lombard Street, London

From a century or two later, we find this torture contraption used to try to force a confession from someone accused of being a witch. Ghastly! This is from the small but mosts excellent Museum of Witchcraft in the Cornish fishing village of Boscastle, England.

Which witch? torture devices from the Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle, UK

The early 19th century saw the rise and fall of the Emperor Napoleon. This is his leather writing desk and a silver spoon from an exhibit in the Musee des Beaux Arts in Montreal, Canada.

Napoleon’s writing desk and a silver spoon that he may have used. From a private collection on display in Montreal at the Musee des Beaux Arts.

Early 20th century comes next, with the more recent metallic items. First up is a detail from a door in the John Ryalnds Library in Manchester, UK

Door detail, John Rylands Library, Manchester

And finally, a very precious piece of metal, the Victoria Cross, awarded in World War I to a member of the Royal 22nd Regiment based out of the Citadel in the City of Quebec, Canada.

WWI Victoria Cross, Royal 22nd Regiment collection.  La Citadelle de Quebec, Canada

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