Antiques in My Garden

Updated: Jul 22, 2019

A glass bottle with the words 'not to be taken' on it.

After we finished building work on our house, my dad started to dig up our back garden to lower the level down. Initially, it was just a boring and messy place, but it then turned into an adventurous playground for me and my cat, George.

Recently I have been finding old and strangely fascinating things in my back garden, for example:

  • Pieces of an old sign made with stone

  • An old spoon that is made from nickel silver

  • Glass bottles (one said ‘NOT TO BE TAKEN’, which meant poison)

  • A hammer or a door handle (we aren’t sure)

  • Tons of building materials, e.g. bricks and wooden structures

Many of the things I have found had things written on them like dates and numbers. I think that the numbers on the bottle we found is a shipping date (the day when the bottle was brought to the customer or owner), or a serial number. I think serial numbers are like fingerprints. Only you have the fingerprint you have - no one else has it. It's the same thing with objects, but instead they have numbers.

The silver spoon with JD&S letters and crown hallmark.

Originally my mum and I thought our house might have previously been the site of a hospital, pharmacy or a school. We don’t know yet, but hopefully we can find some more evidence and be sure on our findings. We looked on Google Maps and found out that where we live was just plain land during the 1800s, but we aren't sure after that.

Silver spoon

I have done some more research and found out that things you might find in your garden may be priceless junk from the previous home owner... or it might be something worth the price of precious diamonds. What I found are known as antiques (visit my last post where I wrote about my visit to Kingston Antiques shop). That means that what I have found is precious and old, like what museums might have.

The glass poison bottle

The bottles I found date mid-nineteenth century, which is the Victorian Era. That means that the bottles were here before the Great Wars started. The research also says that the bottle that I found that says ‘NOT TO BE TAKEN’ would have had poison in it, and those words were the British way of representing that. If you think about it… maybe it could be a murder scene, by poisoning someone and burying the evidence of the crime in an unknown location!?

On the tablespoon I found a hallmark ‘JD&S’ with a tiny crown sign. After some research on Google, I found this website: On the website, I learned that the spoon was made by James Dixon & Sons - a business of manufacturing silversmiths, platers and Britannia metal workers. In 1824, James Dixon and his family moved to Cornish Place where their business grew bigger so they could develop more workshops offices and even warehouses. In 1830, the oldest son of James joined the firm. The firm began making silver and plated goods there. When the second oldest son of James joined as well, the firm started making spoons and forks. That was when our spoon was made.

JD&Sons hallmarks, like the ones found on my spoon.

I don’t know how to investigate the massive metal object (hammer or door hinge). However, I will update you if I get more information.

We can’t be sure about the history behind my Kingston house, but I wanted to share my findings so far. I also wondered if you have anything under your house or if you know that a previous building is under your house. If you do, please write about it in the comment section down below, if you don’t, that’s ok, because you can always find new things to explore every day!

Whether you have found something or not I would love to hear from you and to know what you think about my story. Please share your opinion or do ask me questions, and I promise I will read them and reply. My comments will be in the comment section. I will try to leave the answer under each one, but if I can’t, look out for your name!

Thank you for reading! Me and my cat George hope you have a nice day, goodbye!

By Lizzie.

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