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An amethyst and diamond brooch, circa 1890 The oval-cut amethyst highlighted with collet-set old brilliant-cut diamonds

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Selection of Medieval leather shoes. Archaeological excavations along the waterfront of medieval London have produced large numbers of shoes and other items of leatherwork in an excellent state of perservation, giving a good idea of changing fashions throughout the period. The shoe shown here on the left has openwork designs cut into the leather dates from the early 13th century. The shoe on the foreground with an engraved and scraped pattern of leaves is from the late 14th century. The shoe…

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Shoe

Shoe Place of origin: London, England (probably, excavated) Date: late 14th century (made) and 17th C ? Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Tanned leather (modern thread and textile) Museum number: T.392-1913 Gallery location: In Storage

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In 1665 the plague struck London.  The sheer numbers of people entering London and the conditions that they lived in made plagues a regular occurrence.  However, 1665 was perhaps the worst in terms of sheer numbers of victims.

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Panel from a burse

1320-1340, England. Panel from a Burse. Velvet, embroidered with silver and silver-gilt thread and silk. The scenes are shown within barbed quatrefoils, the figures are St Margaret and St Catherine.

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Spoon from the so-called 'Rouen Treasure' hoard (Spoon)

Spoon from the so-called 'Rouen Treasure' hoard (Spoon) | V&A Spoon from the so-called 'Rouen Treasure' hoard (Spoon), 1300-1400 (made). Silver spoon, France, 1350.. Museum Number 110-1865.

Phinehas thrusts a spear through an Israelite man and Midianite woman in the midst of copulation (Numbers 25:1-9), Add MS 15277, f. 51v