Museum of sex objects
Throughout the centuries, small groups of craftspeople have kept our stories of sexual subversion and identity alive. It was through their artistry that they retold these often curious and compelling tales. The makers went under the sign of a red ‘X’. The symbol was used mainly as a potters’ mark, but also applied as a means of identification in other mediums such as embroidery and metalwork.
Over time these objects were entrusted to the custodian of the sex objects, The Keeper, to preserve and pass along to future generations. It is these items that have come to form the foundation of the Museum of Sex Objects.
In 1967, two potters from Stoke moonlighted from the Wedgwood Factory to make a cup in celebration of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act.
Mid-seventeenth century slipware dish depicting three women transforming into geese, framed by a vulvic pattern with the words Winchester Geese slip traced along the bottom.
A Bullwhip made from the hair of a registered prostitute known as a meretrix. According to Roman law, meretrices were required to dye their hair blonde.
Fragments of materials identified by the Red ‘X’ makers mark.
London Opinion is a collection of meticulously cut out excerpts from newspapers of the day (1915) and presented in notebook form.
These nails are said to be from the disreputable Lincoln’s Inn Bog House, a popular molly cruising ground at the turn of the eighteenth century.
The traditional figurine of Gabriel Lawrence depicts a burly milkman who frequented the infamous molly houses of London in the 18th century.
A rare surviving napkin from London’s infamous Thélème Club, depicting a somewhat unconventional map of the city, on which public lavatories are marked alongside such sights as London Zoo and Westminster Abbey.
This slate wall panel contains a rare example of Victorian graffito.