A mould for making a manilla

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A mould for making a manilla

Manillas were castings of bronze which were used in trade with Africa: the item on the right is a 19th century example from our museum collections. The mould on the left, which was found in the Birdall foundry and is therefore datable before 1625, indicates that manillas were made in their foundry for trade with Africa.

Acknowledgments: Exeter Archaeology