Collection: Photographically illustrated book written by William Chaffers of archaeological finds displayed at an exhibition in Leeds in 1868

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Volume of archaeological finds photographed by Cundall & Fleming and published as 'A Series of Photographs of Objects of Archaeological Interest from the National Exhibition of Works of Art at Leeds 1868', Edited by Fairless Barber with text by William Chaffers [London: Whittingham & Wilkins, 1869].

The volume contains 16 plates, each usually containing a series of objects with extensive accompanying text and captions. The finds represented were mostly privately owned, some discovered within a decade of publication. The volume contains additional pencil notes [with references] indicating that some of the finds are now in public collections.

The finds are mostly stylised decorative bronze weapons, utensils, jewellery and ornaments but there are also some figures. Media includes enamel, terracotta, stone, iron, silver and gold from the following periods, Bronze Age, Celtic, Greek, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval. Includes axe-heads, chisels, buckles, 'celts', daggers, swords, spear-heads, torcs, fibulae, rings, armillae, ear-rings, bowls, pendants, spoons, spurs, stirrups, clasps, amphora, cups, navicula and a funeral tablet. The finds were found at the following noted UK archaeological sites: Tenbury, Worcs; Reach nr Cambridge; Alton Hill nr Bottisham; Stanton nr Ixworth; Tostock, Suffolk; Fairford, Glos; Chavenage, Glos; Bartlow Hills, Essex; Urquhart, Elgin; Belfast; Drogheda; Penryhn, Cardigan; and also at Baiae, Cologne, Copenhagen, Italy, Egypt & Hallstatt, Denmark.


Archival History

The National Fine Arts Exhibition was held in the newly built Leeds General Infirmary before it opened as a hospital.

William Chaffers (1811-1892) was an English writer specialising in ceramics, glass. and hall marks on glass and silver plate. In this volume, he is credited as being the 'Superintendent of the Museum of Art'.

Fairless Barber (1835-1881) was a solicitor and antiquary. In this volume, he is credited as being the 'Honorary Secretary of the Huddersfield Archaeological and Topographical Society'.

The volume contains the bookplate of John William Clay and a printed label that reads 'Robin Symes'.

The photographers Cundall & Fleming operated at 168 New Bond Street between 1866 and 1871.

The volume was purchased by the NMR in November 2007 from Bonhams of Bond Street, City of Westminster.


This Collection is divided into 1 Child Volume
This Collection contains the following materials:
Photograph (Print): 16
Photograph Album: 1


Source: Historic England Archive


Archaeology, Art And Design, Exhibition