Wedding cake postal box and compliments slip found inside a tin box in the wall of Taigh a’ Chontractor, Crossapol, in 2016. The wedding, held in London on 4 June 1917, was of Kate Matheson Maclennan, mantle saleswoman from Partick, to John Maclean (42), Corporation Clerk and Private in the Royal Highlanders of Canada. The cake box is addressed to Mrs Ann MacDonald, Farmer, Balemartine, Tiree, and stamped 2d. Ann was 66 in the 1911 census (72 at the time of the wedding). Both of Kate’s parents were from Stornoway.
Collection of three mail order catalogues belonging to the Lamont/MacKenzie family of Harbour, Caoles, in the 1920s: Forrest’s Country Boots in stamped brown envelope addressed to Mr D MacKinnon; J D Williams & Co., the Dale Street Warehouse, Manchester; Greenlees & Sons (Easiephit Footwear) Ltd, Possilpark, Glasgow.
Large brass spring balance scales for weighing up to 200 lbs of grain, fleece and other items. Manufactured by Geo. Salter & Co. Ltd in 1917.
Ham radio aerial 1930-1950s. Metal hook atop a wooden pole.
Brass bed-warmer which would have been filled with heated stones.
Clear glass bottle with glass ball stopper for aerated drinks. Made by Colin Campbell. Bottler, Largs & Greenock, 1892.
Rounded wooden core for weaving a ‘monkey’s fist’ – the rope ball at the end of a ship’s throwing line. Used by Vaul boat-builders.
Collection of 27 brass sail eyelets of various sizes, threaded onto a rope. From the workshop of Vaul boat-builders.
Ardennes-Corticule Belgian Blue whetstone from the workshop of the Vaul boat-builders.
Sharpening stone in its wooden case used by Vaul boat-builders around 1850-1950.