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|Creator||Holmes, Caswell (estate) (Mr.)|
|Published||Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver|
|Contributor||Museum of Vancouver|
People have used lead for different purposes for thousands of
years. The ancient Egyptians used the metal for soldering and for ornaments. Both the Greeks and Chinese had lead coins, while the Romans transported water through lead pipes. Even before lead was used to make bullets, the heavy substance was important in warfare. During sieges, pieces of lead were hurled at the enemy and molten lead poured onto attackers. Recently, medical studies have indicated that the extensive use of lead may be a health hazard.
These tiny lead battleships and pins may have been playing pieces for an unknown game or used to illustrate naval manoeuvres.
<div class="field-item field-item-0">a-d)miniature ships, each with 2 smokestacks and 2 holes;upper surfaces beige, lower hull area red with white stripes;ships are numbered 2,3,5 and 6;e-h)same, but upper surfaces cream, hull areas black with white stripes;i-r)shaped like nails, each with flat heads and flaring band around midpoint of shaft;traces of brownish paint [Height: a-h) 1.1] [Width: a-h) 1.0] [Length: a-h) 3.8; i-r) 1.7]</div><div class="field-item field-item-1">A-H)SHIPS;I-R)PINS OR MARKERS</div>