Bottles like this are often found with holes in a similar place. Recent research has suggested that the holes were made by collectors who broke off the seals on bottles as the broken areas correspond to where seals would have been located.
Large blue beads with chevron patterns
These beads are of unknown date and have been variously described as Egyptian, Medieval and Renaissance. The two halves of bead show how the colours are added by progressive dipping and coating.
The mineral Mica is a Silicate that forms in very thin layers; the single sheet shows how transparent it can be. It was known as Muscovy Glass. Mica is mainly white but there is a black variety containing iron.
Prehistoric flint lance head, knife and spearheads
Flint is a variety of quartz. It is strong and heavy but can also be chipped away to create very fine sharp edges, sometimes serrated, as in these examples.
Found during building of the extension to the 1899 Beaney Institute building in 1933. The extension was funded by the Slater family, with a purpose-built picture gallery on the first floor (now the People and Places room) and lecture hall on the ground floor (now part of the Library).
These small bottles include many found during excavations in Canterbury. The double one has a label identifying it as found in Medinet-Tabou (Habou?) in Egypt. The bottles would have contained perfume, cosmetics, medicine and similar.
Two Jacobite wine glasses 1745 – 60
Engraved with Jacobite roses, one also with a butterfly. Both have air twist stems, one of them ‘knopped’ with thicker blobs of glass. The air twist stems are created by trapping a bubble of air in molten glass then pulling and twisting as it cools.
Venus flower basket
The skeleton of an ocean sponge, known as Venus Flower Basket, is made of silica by the soft-bodied creature living inside. David Attenborough chose the Venus Flower Basket as one of the amazing creatures he would save if he had an ark, in a recent TV series.