About this objectThis textile fragment dates from the late eighteenth century and is part of a coat, which would have been worn by a member of the Western Regiment of Suffolk Militia. It is possible to tell that the fragment comes from a garment worn by this particular regiment because each button is embossed with 'Suffolk W R'. The buttons are made of pewter and are sewn on to a natural colour, woven, linen fabric.
The linen fabric and pewter buttons are in a fair condition. Some small patches of rust have developed on the buttons.
This Cache represents the second group of concealed artefacts that Mr and Mrs Harber found at their property in Lawshall, Suffolk. The house was originally a farm dwelling and is thought to date from between 1520 and 1550.
Paula Harber discovered the cache in 2001, when cleaning out dust and dirt from the side of the ground floor chimney stack, on the north side of the building. Over a period of three hours she discovered ten objects; six fragments of fabric, a row of pewter buttons on a coat edge, a leather shoe, part of a wooden patten and a piece of moulded oak timber beading.
The objects from the two caches found in the Harber's home are kept together in a box. The Harbers run courses on the care and repair of timber-framed buildings from their home and use the two caches to demonstrate the type of object people may find concealed in buildings. For more information about the courses run by the Harbers send an e-mail to: [email protected]
Date MadeLate 18th Century
Medium and Materialslinen (material)
pewter -tin alloy -nonferrous metal -metal -inorganic material
CollectionLawshall Cache 2
Object TypeConcealed Garments