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Collection highlights

Embroidered casket 1655

This 17th century casket is a superb dated example of a specific type of female dressing table and travelling box. It was used to store personal possessions and treasures, for a girl who lived a life of some luxury in Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth.

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Beetle Wing Teacosy, 1885-90

The extraordinary, iridescent 'sequins' on this Victorian teacosy are actually the wing cases of beetles, carefully hand sewn in place and then trimmed with gilt metal thread embroidery.

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Sack-back polonaise gown and petticoat c1770-75

A glorious, hand-sewn, 18th century late rococo gown in the form of a sack-back dress, styled as an open robe, with its own original matching outer petticoat. 

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Wooden Doll, c1750

She is wearing a complete set of original clothes, including a 'sack-back' silk robe; a 'hoop' (to give shape to the dress); and separate pockets. Dressmakers sometimes used dolls like this to show off the latest fashions.

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Ignis

This small earthenware figurine thought to have been manufactured in London, dated 1679 

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Wedding Cake, 1898

A remarkable survival story. The cake was displayed in the window of C H Philpott bakery, Basingstoke until it closed in 1964. It was moved to the loft and remained there until 1996 when it was donated to us. We have recently repaired a large crack in the icing, believed to be the result of wartime bombing.

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The Tichborne Spoons, 1592

This set of twelve spoons once belonged to the Tichborne family of Tichborne Park near Alresford. Such spoons are most often topped by figures of the Apostles, but uniquely this set depicts Christ, St Peter, Queen Elizabeth I and a group of historic and legendary heroes known as the Nine Worthies.

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The Alton Buckle, late 6th - 7th century Saxon Jewelled Buckle

Is this a Saxon heirloom? This expensive Saxon buckle would have been made for a wealthy and important person. It has signs of wear, tear and ancient repair showing it was worn by many generations.

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Heywood Sumner tapestry, 1908

This tapestry of a romanticised Medieval hunting scene is in the Arts and Crafts style. It was inspired by the artist's love of the New Forest and features local birds and animals in the border.

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Dolores Bronze Sculpture, 1923

A bronze sculpture modelled on a woman known as Dolores, by Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), the American sculptor, and dating to 1923, on display at the Allen Gallery, Alton.

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