A pair of glass floats

The artefacts in Market Lavington Museum are supposed to have a connection with Market Lavington or Easterton, which was once part of our parish. Surprisingly then, we have a pair of glass floats which, according to our records, date from the First World War when they were used to mark a mine, presumably in the sea.

Glass spheres like these were wrapped in a string net attached to a rope. They are often used by fishermen to float on the surface to mark a submerged lobster pot or the like.

The connection to our village was that they were, for many years, used as ornaments on the sideboard of a lady living on Church Street in Market Lavington.

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