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Lot 3

Tuesday 12 Apr, 2016 - 10.00am

A rare 18th Century English fruitwood biscuit mould, deeply carved to one side with the "Biddenden Maids" - Eliza and Mary Chulkhurst, inscribed with their names to the top above the figures with "Biddenden" to the base, and with the inscription "A34Y IN 1100" to their dresses, 4.5ins high x 2.125ins wide x 1ins deep
Note : These locally famous sisters were born adjoined at the hips and shoulders in Biddenden, Kent, in 1100. On the death of one sister at the age of 34 years, the other was advised to be separated from her by dissection but she apparently refused stating that as they had come into the world together, so they would leave it together. She fell ill within a few hours and died. Their Will stipulated one thousand rolls impressed with the design of the two sisters were to be distributed to strangers on Easter Monday. The Will also made provision for the distribution of about 500 loaves with cheese to the poor of the Parish of Biddenden

Estimate £600 - 800

Plus buyers premium of 27% ยป