I’m am so excited to discover that the Victoria and Albert collections are moving online. These photos of the collection are just wonderful!
Ivory, silk ribbon, printed paper and grease (mutton fat and tallow). This is a device 1850-1860 used by women to keep score in archery.
Grease in the acorn helped the fingers slide smoothly off the bow string. Score is kept by poking holes in a replaceable cardboard disk with the pricker.
Easily one of the two best things we did in London last year was to spend most of an afternoon at the V&A without the toddler (who had a babysitter). I only wish we’d had time for more. Thanks for the links!