Object StatementObject lesson card, part of collection, 'Tin and Pewter', framed, metal / cardboard / glass / wood / textile, published by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1880-1884
Physical DescriptionThis is one of a set of inexpensive cards designed for use in classrooms but framed at considerable expense for the purpose of exhibition. Most of the cards, whose subjects relate to the Animal, Vegetable or Mineral Kingdom, have an illustration as well as text and specimens. This card, Mineral Kingdom No 7, has an illustration of the 'Great Bell of Moscow'. The specimens are tin ore, a tiny tin platter, and a tiny pewter jug. Under the card's heading are lists of trades and manufactures that use these metals, and under them the specimens are named.
The text recounts the story that the ancient Phoenicians sailed from the eastern Mediterranean to Cornwall to obtain tin. It explains how the ore is processed to produce tin ingots. It states that tin, or iron plated with tin, has many household uses such as pots and cutlery, and it mentions lacquering and japanning as methods to decorate its surface. It notes that pewter was long used for making household vessels, but that the main type of vessel still made from it is the tankard. It lists many uses of Britannia metal, an alloy of tin and lead, and it briefly mentions bell-metal, an alloy of tin and copper.
Below the explanatory text is written: OLIVER AND BOYD, TWEEDDALE COURT, EDINBURGH / SET OF TWENTY, Price 21s LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL AND CO.
There are two metal-reinforced holes near the top of the card for hanging it in a classroom. The wooden frame is painted black with gilt edging and has two rings attached on the top edge for hanging it in an exhibition. The price of 21 shillings for a set of twenty cards would not have included the frames.