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Sometimes little pieces of social history are
washed up on our shores.

 

This vulcanite stopper is a fine example!

 

 

This was found on Saunton beach in North Devon by Ruth who was spending some time picking up rubbish.

 

We are now so used to plastic bottles with plastic caps that it is easy to forget that once all bottle were made out of glass and finding some way of sealing them was quite a challenge!

Cork, glass and even wood were tried. In the late 1800s, stoppers like this one found by Ruth became popular made from tough vulcanite, a type of dense rubber.

 

They actually remained in use for nearly a century so it is hard to date individual stoppers - they could be a hundred years old or they could be much more recent. The dense, tough vulcanite can last in the water for many decades.

 

 

 

 

Some stopper carry logos, others letters like this one. Still more are plain.

 

What we would really like to know is the significance of the H. Did it indicate a company? Or a type of drink? 

 

Did the glass bottle contain beer, or lemonade, or water?

 

Sometimes, these beach finds raise as many questions as they answer!

 

This modern plastic bottle top was found on Woolacombe beach recently. It turned out to be from a Russian brand of water!

 

 

 

  

CRABS

 

 

WORMS

 

 

JELLYFISH

 

 

EGGS

 

 

SEAWEEDS

 

 

BIRDS

 

 

INSECTS

 

 

SHELLS

 

 

URCHINS/STARFISH

 

 

TRACKS

 

 

 BARNACLES

 

 

 

STONES

FISH

SEABEANS

 

 

 

PLASTIC STUFF

 

 

GLASS STUFF

METAL STUFF

 

WOODEN STUFF

 

 

Have a look at our galleries of beach finds above.

  

  

 

Any finds you'd like to share? 

We can add your photos and stories to this website.

Please email hello@beachstuff.uk
Thank you!