Traditional flatfish net made of a circular wooden frame, strung with rope, with a central disc of brown leather (repaired using modern fishing line).
Black & white photo postcard of a long-horned cow in front of a black-roofed house, with the caption ‘A Native of Tiree’. On the reverse is a pencilled note to ‘Margaret, from Mummy’. This photo is the central image of another postcard made up of several images.
Black & white photo postcard of the ruined chapel at Kilkenneth, sold by D & H MacArthur, The Store, Scarinish.
Large Gaelic ‘Biobull / Bible’ with black hard cover, and “Christmas 1946” and “Annie Maclean d. 24th Feb. 1947” handwritten on the inside front cover. Published in Glasgow in 1945.
Simple white clay pipe adorned with three metal bands marked ‘ECB London’, ‘MS’ and ‘U’, and ‘EP’, which probably came from other pipes.
Dr D A Higgins of the Society for Pipe Research, told us that it is a typical Scottish clay pipe of late C19th or early C20th date. Thick, chunky pipes like this were favoured in Scotland and made by many different manufacturers. Those from the larger firms often had a pattern number on the left hand side of the stem [this one does not].
The metal bands are nothing to do with the pipe, but could well have come from others. Briar pipes typically had a metal band like these to join the wooden bowl with a vulcanite stem. Some, more expensive, clays with stems of vulcanite or other materials also had a metal band. The diamond-shaped band could have come from a ‘Bulldog’ pattern of pipe, which had a diamond-shaped stem section. These bands would have been made since the mid C19th as composite pipes only really came into circulation after around 1850.
Parlophone vinyl record of William Hannah’s Band playing traditional Scottish dance music – ‘Highland Waltz’ and ‘Circassion Circle’, belonging to the McLean family of Kenovay and Linlithgow. The record was mentioned in a collection of letters regarding RAF Pilot Officer Charles McLean, who died in action during WWII. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.
Short, tubular, brass spacer found on the shore at Sandaig in 2021, and presumed to be from the destroyer HMS Sturdy which was wrecked there in 1940.
Two large, well worn books titled ‘Songs of the Hebrides, volume 1’ and ‘More Songs of the Hebrides’ belonging to Sidney Herbert Sime (1865-1941), who was an English artist best known for his satirical artwork during the late Victorian period. One copy is signed S H Sime on an inner page, while the other is embossed S.H.S. on the cover.