Top 100 objects
Browse key artefacts from our properties across the country.
Displaying 21-40 of 100
Ship model - Whaling ship Raith
The Raith was one of the ships owned by Peter Wood (1749–1826), a central figure in the whaling industry.
Object number TRH382
The Stone of Destiny
The Stone of Destiny – also known as the Stone of Scone – is an ancient symbol of Scotland’s monarchy.
Object number EDIN060
Last used in 1929 to fight a fire at Glenlossie Distillery, this fire engine was pulled by a pair of horses.
Object number DHU018
Known as Angus, this gargoyle once acted as a spout to direct rainwater from the roof of Caerlaverock Castle.
Object number CAER/o/1
The slight curve to the back of this medieval panel from Crossraguel Abbey suggests that it was a section of a baptismal font.
Object number CGL/o/1
Twists of paper and metallic threads were used to make the pattern on the lid and sides of this wooden jewellery box.
Object number DUM146
Ochre grinding mortar
Traces of ochre still dot this mortar (grinding vessel) found at Skara Brae, a Neolithic settlement on Orkney.
Object number X.HA.28
This bone whistle found at the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae may have been used to make music to attract prey.
Object number SB.II.13.119
These beads may have been used as a necklace more than 4,500 years ago.
Object number SKB055
Cross shaft - St Blane's stone
Carvings adorn the front of this early medieval stone slab from St Blane’s Chapel burial ground, Isle of Bute.
Object number SBC001
This six-tonne siege gun is what cutting edge military technology once looked like.
Object number XIX.13
The Crown of Scotland
Made of gold, silver and precious gems, the Crown of Scotland is the centrepiece of the Honours of Scotland – Scotland’s Crown jewels – on display at Edinburgh Castle.
Object number EDIN052
The Sword of State
Gifted to James IV by Pope Julius II in 1507, the Sword of State was made by Italian craftsman Domenico da Sutri.
Object number EDIN053a
The Sceptre is thought to have been a gift to James IV from Pope Alexander VI in 1494.
Object number EDIN054
Tairsgeir (Peat cutter)
Peat was once the main fuel used to heat homes in the Western Isles and this tool was made to cut it.
Object number ARN103
Food was once cooked over open fires in cauldrons like this one.
Object number TANT156
Harpoons like this were used by Scottish whalers in the Arctic in the early 1820s.
Object number TRH419
Bottle time capsule
This time capsule was discovered below the floorboards of the entrance lodge at Stanley Mills during building work in 1990.
Object number STN001
Wicker basket on wheels
Wicker baskets like this one were used to transport cotton made at Stanley Mills in the mid-20th century.
Object number STN027
Tape weaving loom
Narrow cotton tapes were made on looms like this at Stanley Mills from the 1930s to 1976.
Object number STN242