Examples of Early English Pottery

Layton acquired reference books about objects as well as the objects themselves. This fine example, about early English pottery, was published in a limited edition of 500 copies in 1891. The embossed cover design uses the style of lettering from Staffordshire slipware, especially that of
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The Nativity of the late King Charles

The Nativity of the late King Charles Astrologically and Faithfully performed with reasons in the Art of the various Success and Mis-fortune of his whole life, by John Gadbury, published by James Cottrell, London in 1659. Layton Collection no 1602 These two pages come from
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The Life and Times of James Catnach

The Life and Times of James Catnach by Charles Hindley, published by Reeves & Turner: London, 1878. Layton Collection no 1588 Layton was interested in the kind of chap books with rhymes and woodcuts which Catnach produced and there are several volumes about him in
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Lives of famous London beggars

Lives of Famous London Beggars with Forty Portraits of the most remarkable drawn from life by John Thomas Smith, published by Diprose and Bateman: London. Layton Collection no 1196 Layton’s collection includes several books recording the appearance and lives of comparatively ordinary people. This is
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Old English Songbook

Layton’s collection includes several volumes of songs and music. This example, from the late 18th century, comprises a range of songs with title illustrations throughout. The illustration shows the book open at a song entitled Strawberry Hill whose lyrics mention a number of local mansions,
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The works of James Gillray

The works of James Gillray, the caricaturist, by Thomas Wright,  Chatto & Windus, London, 1874. Layton Collection no 393 This volume introduced Gillray to a wider public than the 1851 folio edition of Gillray’s images of which Wright had been co-author. The book contains two
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Bronze chariot fitting

Cast bronze finial, often described as a chariot horn cap, of the Iron Age (100BC-AD50). Decorated with a soft out-lined low relief design of three linked palmettes, the piece is said to have had traces of red enamel inlay when first found, but none now
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Bronze Age axehead

Flat bronze axe head of the Early Bronze Age (1800BC – 1600BC). It has a thin butt, with a hint of flanges. There is a decorative ‘rain’ pattern on the blade and a lozenge pattern on the sides. It may have been manufactured in Ireland.
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Iron & copper alloy dagger and sheath

Dagger and sheath, Iron Age (700BC-43AD) The sheath is made from wood bound with bronze strips, and decorated with four indentations near the hilt guard. The Hallstatt-D type iron dagger originally had a wooden grip decorated with bronze and iron fittings. Daggers similar to this
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Stone axe-hammer

This unfinished stone axe-hammer has incomplete perforations on each side of the butt. It dates from the Early Bronze Age (2,000BC – 1,700BC) and may have come from the Thames at Old England, Brentford, like other items in Layton’s collection. Dimensions: L 200 mm; W
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