236 – Skull

Physical description:
Skull (missing lower jaw) with knife through eye; stood on iron ring.
Museum classification:
Spells & Charms
Information:
Original text by Cecil Williamson: 'This skull with a miniature dagger thrust deep into the left eye socket together with the half skull drinking cup and the wooden saucer holding a collection of old roman coins unearthed in Exeter, belonged to Eggy Roberts, stone mason by day and warlock and cunning man by night. Eggy 'bald head' Roberts went where there was work to be had and for choice liked working on church building and repairs. To earn a shilling or two from the sale of good-luck charms etc. He would draw attention to himself by producing the skull cup in a crowded public house and demand his beer be put into it. Then with a display of showmanship he would recite a poem extolling the virtues of death, drink up and re-order.' See also 237 and 301.
Resource:
Object
Materials:
Bone
Copyright ownership:
Copyright to The Museum of Witchcraft Ltd.
Original text by Cecil Williamson: 'This skull with a miniature dagger thrust deep into the left eye socket together with the half skull drinking cup and the wooden saucer holding a collection of old roman coins unearthed in Exeter, belonged to Eggy Roberts, stone mason by day and warlock and cunning man by night. Eggy 'bald head' Roberts went where there was work to be had and for choice liked working on church building and repairs. To earn a shilling or two from the sale of good-luck charms etc. He would draw attention to himself by producing the skull cup in a crowded public house and demand his beer be put into it. Then with a display of showmanship he would recite a poem extolling the virtues of death, drink up and re-order.' See also 237 and 301.