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More updates to the Mindum Catalogue

I’ve just uploaded a new version of the Mindum catalogue, version 1.6. This will probably be the penultimate update before moving to a Wikipedia entry.

There’s been a bit of activity since the last update, mostly to do with the Museum of London. Thank to some work done by Alex Chapman, we’ve been able to confirm the entire Evans collection of shoehorns and the 1601 Morris powder horn are in the MoL, along with all but one of the Drane collection. The 1597 horn with the scratched-out name that Joan Evans mentioned from the Drane collection is still missing but I’m hopeful about it turning up sometime.

 

There was a bit of a kefuffle about the dating of Mathew Westefeldes’ shoehorn, with 1609 being suggested, but it turned out to be an incorrect record in one of the research files. It’s also been confirmed that the claim of an end year of 1623 from the VAM (Treasures of the Royal Courts… &c) was a typographic error and should have been 1613 as expected.

I’ve added links at the end in a new section to the 18th C imitation by Thomas Gen in the BM that I think Joan Evans had been looking for but couldn’t find and to the seventeenth century shoehorn in the York Castle Museum that has been suggested as the one mentioned by Paula Hardwick.

As usual, I’ve done the usual check for link rot and given the whole document an overall tidy up.

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3 thoughts on “More updates to the Mindum Catalogue

  1. I have another Mindum shoe horn, dated 1596, coming up for auction on 24th November, which you may wish to add to your catalogue, as well as details of another you seem to be unaware of, sold at Christie’s in 1986, dated 1599. If you could let me have your email, I would be delighted to send you full details and would most interested to learn of any comments/criticisms/advice on the cataloguing you might like to give. My catalogue is going to press shortly, so time is somewhat of the essence, therefore I do hope to hear from you as soon as possible.
    Yours sincerely
    Matthew Barton

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