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Domestic Metalwork and Other Household Object Collection

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This collection represents everyday objects used in the home for both food preparation and decorative purposes. It comprises the fine wrought and decorative ironwork of oatcake toasters, rushlight holders and hearth furniture, as well as ceramic plates and bowls, sponge-ware and transfer patterned mugs. Utensils of carved bone and horn are also included. 

Further Reading

David Shaw-Smith (Editor)  Traditional Crafts of Ireland,  Thames and Hudson, London, 2003.

Aldren A. Watson, The Village Blacksmith, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1977.

Jocelyn Bailey, The Village Blacksmith, Shire Publications, 1977.

Olive Sharkey, Ways of Old: Traditional Life in Ireland, O’Brien Press, 1985, 2000.

Olive Sharkey, Old Days, Old Ways: An Illustrated Folk History of Ireland, O’Brien Press, 1985.

Jaqueline Fearne, Domestic Bygones, Shire Publications.

Henry E. Kelly, Dorothy E. Kowalsky, Arnold A. Kowalsky, Spongeware 1835-1935, Makers, Marks and Patterns, Schiffer, Surrey, 2001.

Gillian Neale, Miller’s Encyclopedia of British Transfer-Printed Pottery Patterns 1790-1930, Millers, London, 2005.

Arnold A. Kowalsky, Dorothy E. Kowalsky, Encyclopedia of marks on American, English, and European earthenware, ironstone and stoneware (1780-1980) makers, marks, and patterns in blue and white, historic blue, flow blue, mulberry, romantic transferware, tea leaf, and white ironstone,  Schiffer, Atglen, PA, 1999.

Thomas Plowman, Craft Pottery, Shire Publications, 1976/1980.

A.A.C. Hedges, Bottles and Bottle Collecting, Shire Publications, 1975.

Richard Hayman, Wrought Iron, Shire Publications, 2000.

Charles Hull, Pewter, Shire Publications, 1992.

David Sekers, The Potteries, Shire Publications, 1999.