This Saturday our own David Townsend spent Armed Forces Day out at Dawsmere’s Fete & Classic Car Show taking in guesses for our mystery antique!
In total we raised £22 in aid for The Royal British Legion. No-one guessed correctly but our closest guesser and winner is Simon Evans!
The item is in fact a 19th Century Chinese Ceramic Opium Pillow.
Used in an ‘Opium Den’ the large hole in one end was to put your wallet or valuables into. Then it would be placed on the floor with the large hole against a wall. You would then lay your head onto the pillow and whilst under the influence of opium your valuables would be safe. The pierced section at the other end is purely for decoration.
Thanks to everyone who took part and congratulations to our winner!