Date Made/Found: 1840-1860
Dimensions: Overall: 240 x 150 x 58mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1993.222
Around midnight on 11 March 1864 the wall of Dale Dyke dam collapsed, sending a torrent of water down the Loxley valley, through Malin Bridge and Hillsborough. The water travelled along the Don through to Wicker and on towards Rotherham. Many homes and business were destroyed and the water killed at least 240 people. It was the worst civilian disaster of the time and became known as the Great Sheffield Flood.
This ornament is said to have been found by Miss Elizabeth Travis in the yard of Trickett's farm at Malin Bridge, Sheffield on the morning after the flood. An ornament like this would have had pride of place on a dresser or mantlepiece.
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