“…and a pound of Raven Mixture.”

Pictured: Victorian wall post box at corner of Manor Road and Ferry Road, Teddington. (Historic England): “Boxes from the reign of George V account for about 15% of the total. There are smaller numbers, in descending order, of boxes from the reigns of George VI, Victoria, and Edward VII. From 1857 wall box-type post boxes came into use for fixing into existing walls.”

Lloydshep wrote for The Curiously Specific Book Club on 22.3.15:

“In the opening chapter of The Riddle of the Sands (1903), Carruthers is shaken from his bored torpor by a letter and a sort-of shopping list:

Bring your gun and a good lot of No. 4’s; and would you mind calling at Lancaster’s and asking for mine, and bringing it too? Bring some oilskins. Better get the eleven-shilling sort, jacket and trousers–not the ‘yachting’ brand; and if you paint bring your gear….

Would you mind bringing me out a prismatic compass, and a pound of Raven Mixture.

Very sorry, but there’s one other thing–a pair of rigging screws from Carey and Neilson’s, size 1 3/8, galvanized.’

That’s not the end of it, either. Carruthers replies by telegram to accept Davies’s offer, and he receives a telegram in reply with an additional item to be acquired: ‘Please bring a No. 3 Rippingille stove.’

…where can you go shopping for galvanized rigging screws in London these days?”

From the website of The Boat Shop @ Teddington Harbour:

“We are based in the historic Boathouse at 27 Ferry Road, Teddington, Middx, TW11 9NN, right by the footbridge at the bottom of Ferry Road.

Alternatively, if you are visiting by boat, moor up in the lock cut and walk over the suspension bridge or pull up on our visitors pontoon (Generally summer only, please call beforehand on 0208 977 9978 as the pontoon is kept locked and may have been pre-booked by visiting boats)

We are open from 0900 to 1500. Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The Boathouse, built around 1850 by James Messenger (the Queens Bargemaster) and which is Grade II listed, has recently been restored to a very high standard.

We stock a huge amount of boating products including brass, stainless and galvanised hardware, marine paint and varnish, ropes, chain, oil and lubricants, cleaning products, lifejackets, fenders, navigation lights, bilge pumps, mooring stakes, maps and books.

We can also make up galvanised and stainless steel wire cables to your specification.

Secure, gated pontoon moorings onsite at Teddington Harbour and Teddington Harbour Yacht Club.Water and electric is also available.

Please get in touch to discuss availability and pricing.”

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