I was very happy when I found my first dress pins on the Thames foreshore. I thought I would never find anything so tiny, but they do show up quite well due to their coppery greenish hue. Once I had found one, I found quite a lot in one small area. Then I went back a few weeks later to the same spot, as I had had an idea for which I needed more pins. I was lucky again, and collected quite a few. The pins, made of copper alloy, were used to fasten clothes between 1400 and 1800 and each one was made by hand. Many were lost and ended up in sewers and drains, and hence on the Thames foreshore. You can find little wire twists sometimes, which were used to hold the pins in groups when they were sold. I have not found one so far.
The heads of the pins are wound wire which was then soldered on. So much work for such a tiny object.
I had the perfect curly locks of wool for the lion's mane.
Snails often feature in the marginalia too, though this one seems to be a snail boy.