Bellarmine

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Out of town today but still managed to find some pins, lead cutlery and a Bellarmine jug. The pins seen here are some of the last few made at the Oracle, once a seventeenth century workhouse founded by John Kendrick, at Minster Street, Reading. The Oracle building was later used as a barracks, then as a factory for rope, silk and pin making. The last pins were made in 1850, just before the building fell into ruin and was demolished. #readingmuseum #pins #theoracle #johnkendrick #workhouse #bellarmine #bartmann #wildmann #cardinalbellarmine #lead #rubberstamp (at Reading Museum)

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