London Superstition

The Lovett Collection of Superstitions at the Cuming Museum is a set of charms from London donated by Edward Lovett in 1916. There’s a brass acorn, above, used to protect against lightning; a soldier’s charm used to ward off the evil eye:
various objects to cure ailments, like a horseshoe to keep away nightmares, a bag with a child’s caul used to protect against drowning:
a necklace of acorns worn for diarrhoea; bread and hair given to a dog to cure a child’s whooping cough; a catskin for rheumatism:
and a mandrake root said to have curative powers:
What’s most surprising is how recent all these medieval-seeming curios are – but then there’s a shop in Brixton Market that sells lucky charms that look just like this one to protect sailors from drowning to this day:

2 thoughts on “London Superstition

  1. Anne

    How fascinating! I love things like this and usually end up picking up odds and ends if I can find them. Must remember to go to Brixton Market next time – that sounds excellent.

  2. Anonymous

    Admittedly most of the shops in Brixton Market sell mainly pigs heads and strange fish – so try to go on a Saturday when the pop-up shops in Granville Arcade are open…

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