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A deer antler
Museum number: M608
The earliest inventories of the Museum (1837) describe this item as: Part of a Horn of a Deer (or other animal) found in digging the Foundations of the New State Paper Office in St James's Park about Twentyone feet below the general surface of the Ground. This item was a find on one of Soane's own building sites, in central London, where he oversaw construction of his new State Paper Office between 1830 and 1833. This horn was probably found during early site works some time between April 1830 and May 1831: site surveys, designs and working drawings for the foundations were made in April and May 1830. Difficulties were encountered with the water table but by May 1831 the first four courses of the basement had been laid.
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