North Devon in 100 Objects 65

65. Clara Peters' Watercolours Shortly before her death in 1939 Clara Elizabeth Peters presented her extensive collection of watercolour paintings of local plants and flowers to the North Devon Athenaeum. Clara, known as Chrissie, was born in London in 1865, the daughter of a piano maker.  Her mother died when she was a child, and … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 65

North Devon in 100 Objects 68

68. The Otter Hunter When in use in the early 20th century, this otter hunting uniform would have been frequently drenched in mud and water, from hours of scrambling through North Devon wetland, accompanied by the deep barks of otterhounds pursuing their prey. On the lapel is a brooch made of an otter’s penis bone … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 68

North Devon in 100 Objects 73

73. The Shapland and Petter Hooter The Shapland and Petter works hooter was familiar to Barumites thoughout the 20th century for its loud cry that sounded every working day over Barnstaple. The hooter is built on essentially the same lines as a steam locomotive’s whistle, although it is rather larger and audible over a far … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 73

North Devon in 100 Objects 78

78. A Barnstaple Grammar School Cap This reminder of mid-20th Century school days in Barnstaple is a Barnstaple Grammar School cap worn by a boy who was at the Grammar School from 1922-26. In 1910 the boys’ Grammar School moved from St Anne’s Chapel in Barnstaple parish churchyard to a new building in Newport. The … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 78

North Devon in 100 Objects 82

82. Ernest Soares' Election Card This card was produced as part of the 1906 election campaign of Ernest Joseph Soares, probably Barnstaple’s first ethnic minority MP.  He was knighted in 1911. Ernest was born in Liverpool in 1864, the son of Jose Luis Xavier Soares, and his wife Hannah Hollingsworth. Hannah was born in Lancashire, … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 82

North Devon in 100 Objects 83

83. The CH Brannam Fire Bucket This fire bucket forms part of our C.H. Brannam collection.  As well as the company’s museum collection and archives we have four enormous machines used at the pottery in Litchdon Street and later at Roundswell.  The fettling wheel, for cleaning off the bottom of finished pots, the jigger and … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 83

North Devon in 100 Objects 87

87. Marion Abbott's Teddy Bear This teddy bear was won at Barnstaple Fair in North Walk in September 1934 by Edwin Whale.  His wife Ethel was expecting and so he put it aside as a gift for the new baby.  Marion was born a month later. The 1930s were the heyday of Barnstaple Pleasure Fair, … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 87

North Devon in 100 Objects 88

88. The Sign of the Three Tuns These three miniature barrels or tuns suspended one above the other are a pub sign that used to hang outside the Three Tuns Inn in Barnstaple High Street. In the 19th century there were over 100 pubs in the town.  The sign was made by William James Norman … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 88

North Devon in 100 Objects 92

92. Hilda Smerdon's Dress This lilac silk dress belonged to Hilda Smerdon.  It reflects the romanticism of the Edwardian period, delicate in its design with embroidered floral patterning on a layer of silk tulle and lace over the new slim line skirt of the 1910s.  To add a glitz of glamour there are imitation diamonds … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 92

North Devon in 100 Objects 97

97. A Shapland and Petter Desk This beautiful desk was made over 100 years ago by Shapland and Petter of Barnstaple in their state of the art factory, part of which still stands just over the bridge from the museum.  The company survived until 2016, latterly making high quality doors, and was Barnstaple’s biggest employer … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 97