Latest ebay purchase

Here’s the picture I promised Lynda…. gorgeous bread bin and utensil holder from marks and spencers in England


Latest Ebay Find

I have been after a Bed Warming Pan for YEARS!! Mine is similar to his one, and was on Ebay and I was lucky to win! It’s coming from Cornwall and I can’t wait for it to arrive! I’ve already picked out a place to hang it, should look good with my brass rubbings!

(Taken from the Book of copper & Brass” by Geoffrey Willis England 1968).
Our ancestors took great care that they should be warm in bed. In addition to hanging heavy curtains all round the bedstead until it resembled a room inside a room, they did what they could to take the chill off the bedding. For this purpose, they used a covered metal pan containing glowing charcoal, and which had a long handle to push it well down between the sheets and blankets. The hinged covers of the pans are pierced to allow air to reach the charcoal, and the necessary holes were usually formed into a decorative pattern.

The earlier 17th century examples had handles of iron. While the latter had brass embellishments, it has been suggested they were of continental origin. 18th century warming pans were given handles of turned beech or other timber. They used both copper and brass indiscriminately for the pans and covers. While they are seldom, if ever, employed for their original function nowadays, a large number have been preserved and hang on walls for decoration.

Why I love the internet

Half an hour later, and I have tracked down the details of my Brass Rubbing.

I did a image search on Google and found an image of the rubbing on MBS Brasses in the UK . Which gave me the details of the brass:
Lawrence Seymour, 1337, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire

Further searches on Google turned up that Lawrence Seymour, was the rector from 1289 to 1337 at St Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers.

Here is an image of the actual Brass:


So, not from Westminster Abbey as first thought.
Now I can start saving for the picture frame for when it arrives, I forgot to mention earlier that it is over 5 feet tall 😯

Latest Ebay find

I’ve been an avid Ebayer for a few years now. I collect Royal Memorabilia amongst other things, and it’s been a real bonus to be able to bid and buy items from around the world! I have found some real treasures!

My latest find is a brass rubbing made in the 1970’s from a Monumental Brass thought to be in Westminster Abbey. I’m going to do a bit of research and see if I can track down exactly who it is.

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