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Tinman's Cottage Cornwall by Somerset Galleries Tom Thumb Limited Edition

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    Here we have a beautiful shadow box glass framed hand made & painted Tinman's Cottage Cornwall Tom Thumb Limited Edition by Somerset Galleries Ltd.

    These fabulous little 3D depictions are beautifully modelled and highly detailed. The models themselves are probably resin or plaster of Paris and have been lovingly hand painted with the minutest detail. They come presented in a glass fronted shadow box frame made from mahogany. The frame size is 21cm x 16cm x 4.5cm deep.

    This is the beautiful Tinman's Cottage Cornwall, No 10 in the Tom Thumb Series, this is a lovely depiction of a traditional tinman's miner thatched cottage that could be found abundant in the Devon and Cornwall landscape. Being lived in for generation after generation of miner families. Mining in Cornwall and Devon, in the southwest of England, began in the early Bronze Age, around 2150 BC. Tin, and later copper, were the most commonly extracted metals. Some tin mining continued long after the mining of other metals had become unprofitable, but ended in the late 20th century. In 2021, it was announced that a new mine was extracting battery-grade lithium carbonate, more than 20 years after the closure of the last South Crofty tin mine in Cornwall in 1998. Historically, tin and copper as well as a few other metals (e.g. arsenic, silver, and zinc) have been mined in Cornwall and Devon. Tin deposits still exist in Cornwall, and there has been talk of reopening the South Crofty tin mine. In addition, work has begun on re-opening the Hemerdon tungsten and tin mine in south-west Devon. In view of the economic importance of mines and quarries, geological studies have been conducted; about forty distinct minerals have been identified from type localities in Cornwall (e.g. endellionite from St Endellion). Quarrying of the igneous and metamorphic rocks has also been a significant industry. In the 20th century the extraction of kaolin was important economically.
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