Posts Tagged ‘pot’

Drift pot

August 5, 2015

The sea has such a wonderfully rounding effect on all sorts of materials. We (my wife and I) rather think it has done a good job on this bit of pot. It is smoothed and curved off so beautifully.

image002 This was clearly the outside of whatever it was.

The inside surface has been glazed.


This suggests some kind of food mixing bowl and judging by the gentle curve it was quite big.

Perhaps it could have been like our Littlethorpe Pottery bread mixing bowl.


Our fragment was picked up on an Isle of Wight beach near Bembridge.

As they say, ‘simple things suit simple minds!’

The Token Economy

February 25, 2015

The title for this piece is a phrase my dad used. Like all of us, he found he needed cash, but he was a believer that it was goods and services that really mattered. He referred to all sorts to do with cash and coinage as ‘the token economy’.

So this post will be a bit about coins and also about a pot I keep a few in.

This is my little coin pot.


I remember buying this at a childhood jumble sale and loving it. I’m not sure my parents thought much of it but I still rather like it. It was made in India.


Inside there is an assortment of coins, gathered and kept for no particular reason. I have picked out a few old British coins which I look back on with affection.

First, there are a couple of farthings.


There’s a George VI and an Elizabeth II coin.


These were quite small in size and tiny in value. To get a pound you needed 960 (nine hundred and sixty) of these little beauties. What made them favourites certainly wasn’t the heads side. The reverse had a delightful image on it.


That wren – I loved it.

I believe the last farthings were minted in 1956 and the coin ceased to be legal tender in 1960.

My other old favourite coin was the threepenny bit. I barely ever came across the old silver version. The ones I knew and loved were the nice chunky 12 sided ones. Again I have George VI and Elizabeth II examples.



These had different reverse or tails sides and I have to say I preferred the older one.


The plant depicted is thrift – an appropriate icon for coinage. But the Elizabeth II coin shows a portcullis.


This coin was swept into oblivion with decimalization in 1971. A coin worth one eightieth of a pound clearly did not fit with the new scheme.

But a few coins like these do bring back happy childhood memories for me. I think a few bits of the token economy are worth keeping. Oh, there is always a chance of a bit of token value accruing. The 1948 3d coin is quite rare and it could be worth £50 if it was in mint or uncirculated condition. As it isn’t, it won’t have much value.