Social History

Of particular significance in the collection are the relics of the ancient guilds of Salisbury, most memorably the Merchant Tailors’ Giant and his companion Hob Nob. Civic objects include items salvaged from the Council House fire in 1780, standard weights and measures and collections of Salisbury-made bells, clocks and watches, silver, guns and cutlery. More recent manufacturing history is represented by a Scout Motor car made in Salisbury in 1912 – one of only two surviving today. Please note that most of this collection is currently in storage due to the Past Forward project.
Stumpwork Mirror Frame
This stumpwork, or raised work, mirror frame was reputedly made in Amesbury, c. 1670.
Sir Walter Alcock’s Engine
A scale model of the 'Patrick Stirling' coal-fired engine made by Sir Walter Alcock, organist at Salisbury Cathedral from 1917 until 1947.
Shoehorn engraved and inscribed by Robert Mindun in 1593 depicting a figure in Elizabethan costume.
Salisbury Silver
Salisbury was accorded its own 'touch' or plate mark in 1423 but it has never been identified.
Salisbury Gunsmithing
Salisbury possessed a flourishing gunsmithing trade in the 1700s and 1800s.
Salisbury Cutlery
The Salisbury cutlery industry, which included the making of weapons, had been present in the city since medieval times.
A bronze mortar, cast from the mould of a bell and inverted, the inscription on this mortar reads: 'CLEMENT TOSIEAR CAST ME IN THE YEAR 1717'.
Guild Objects
The merchant guild was a union of merchants formed to protect and regulate trade.
Great Bustards
The four great bustards at The Salisbury Museum were donated by various people between 1871-1919. 
Giant and Hob-Nob
The Salisbury Giant is a unique survival in this country. It is probable that he existed by the 1400s.
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