Special finds from Cobham Big Dig 2017

Medallion – Band for Hope


The Band of Hope was first proposed by Rev. Jabez Tunnicliff, who was a Baptist Minister in Leeds, following the death in June 1847 of a young man whose life was cut short by alcohol. While working in Leeds, Tunnicliff had become an advocate for total abstinence from alcohol. In the autumn of 1847, with the help of other temperance workers, the Band of Hope was founded. Its objective was to teach children the importance and principles of sobriety and teetotalism. In 1855, a national organisation was formed amidst an explosion of Band of Hope work. Meetings were held in churches throughout the UK and included Christian teaching.

Source: Wikipedia

Screw top – Bristol

Powell’s and another firm, Price, were major makers of stoneware bottles and other stoneware items. Clay pipes, for smoking tobacco, were made from at least 1617 until 1921. There were also chimney pots, flower pots and sanitary wares. By the time of Queen Victoria’s death Powell’s were the second largest manufacturer of stoneware bottles in the country. They specialised in ginger beer bottles.

In 1906 the company merged with William Powell & Sons to become Price, Powell & Co.  The workshop in Redcliffe was blitzed during the war and the company never traded again.


Source: brizzlebornandbred

Token – 1795


Token with Shield depicting a Lion Rampant with Ermine background. Second face has the head and shoulders of a bearded man wearing military apparel.

Royal Navy Button

Royal Navy officers button worn during the latter part of Queen Victoria’s Reign – 1891 to 1901.

Source: http://www.colchestertreasurehunting.co.uk/navy%20buttons.htm

(Article compiled by Don Blackburn November 2017.)

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