|Notes inside a broken binding were a secret trove of information about daily life in the 1400s
Why is this so interesting to me? Well, the caskets have printed materials glued behind the mirrors in the double caskets - sometimes you can see the writing peaking through. And often I have found double printed materials, like test strikes from a printer, used as linings for the carrying cases. It has been 'on my list' to try to magnify and read the bits and see if I can figure out what they are.
Just like Hannah Smith's note in her casket, the most tiny scrap of writing can give so much evidence to what the pieces are and how they were made. We just need to find more of them!
|Note from 1486 requesting a delivery of wild roses
|Scrap paper backing a mirror in a casket where the silver has flaked off the glass to show it in places. (Private Collection)