Tillet block

Description
Tillet blocks were used to stamp the outer wrapping of bales of cloth before they were exported from Exeter. This design features two dogs, a tree and an eagle.
Accession Loan No.
1895/12/110
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
Common Name
tillet block
Simple Name
stamp
Full Name
tillet block
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)
Family Group

Material
wood; iron
Collector / Excavator
Davey, T B
Collection Town
Exeter
Collection County
Devon
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe

    There are 10 comments

    • Julia from Exwick
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      In Exwick there were three mills at one time. One mill latterly became a flour mill until the 1950s.

    • Naome Glanville, RAMM
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      A lot of cloth was woven in farmhouses, by farmers’ wives.

    • Anil Lee, Turkish manager of Multilingua community interpreters, Devon
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      Was Exeter part of the textile revolution?

    • Caito Herreros, Spanish interpreter for Multilingua and art lover
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      It smells like the underground in London!

    • Naome Glanville, RAMM
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      It smells really sweet.

    • Jenny Durrant, RAMM Assistant Curator of Antiquities
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      The holes in them are there so that they could insert stamps.

    • Julia from Exwick
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      It’s so light…. It is wood, but I don’t know what wood it is. It’s intriguing, the holes they’ve made.

    • Elisabeth, resident in Exeter since 1978
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      In Iran they have pretty patterns on cloth. At school we made blocks out of lino.

    • Tom Cadbury, RAMM Curator of Antiquities
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      This is a big stamp. Others are little monograms, possibly of the makers.

    • Tom Cadbury, RAMM Curator of Antiquities
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      It relied on the old ways… There were people all around Exeter who tended to rely on bringing [their wool] to Exeter for finishing…. The industrial revolution really killed it off.

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