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  • Place of origin:

    Isle of Wight (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1920 - 1929 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    glass, sand and cork

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Eileen Brock

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of a large group of childhood objects donated by Eileen Brock. Eileen was born in 1915 to a middle-class family living in North London. Her mother, Amy Piercy, was the youngest of a close family of six sisters so Eileen's early life was busy with visits and entertainments with aunts and cousins. In 1921, when Eileen was six, her father William died in Basra, Iraq, where he was serving in the army.
Eileen and Amy were very close and shared a love of music, dancing and theatre. Eileen also inherited her mother's enthusiasm for collecting; they both held on to birthday and christmas cards, presents, school books, theatrical ephmera and clothing. These ordinary but personally significant objects span the decades when education, cinema, fashion and women's lives were transformed in Britain.
The Museum of Childhood now holds this wonderul collection which offers rich insight into the everyday life of a young girl growing up after the First World War.

Physical description

A glass test-tube with rounded bottom, filled with about twenty different layers of brightly coloured sands. The top of the tube has a cork stopper, the rim is chipped.

Place of Origin

Isle of Wight (possibly, made)


1920 - 1929 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

glass, sand and cork


Length: 7 cm, Diameter: 2 cm

Object history note

In 1926, Eileen Brock went on a 'school journey' to the Isle of Wight with fellow pupils and teachers. The many-coloured sands of the island are often used in production of tourist souvenirs, and this small glass tube was probably bought on this occasion.

Descriptive line

Glass tube of coloured sand with cork stopper, a child's holiday souvenir, 1920-1929


Glass; Cork




Children & Childhood; Tourism & Travel

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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