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CARVED SLATE

Slate is made of compressed mudstone. Some breaks easily into thin flat sheets, others break into thick flat blocks.

Thin slate was used mostly for roof tiles (from North Wales and Pembrokeshire), and thick slabs were used for floors and pavements (from south Ceredigion). Thin slates were also shaped for other uses such as lids for crocks and oat-cake slices, and thicker slabs were used for mantlepieces (some painted and enamelled to make it look like marble), money boxes, paper weights and ornaments. A few ornamental fans carefully shaped from thin pieces of slate were probably made as love tokens.

SLATE ENAMELLING DISPLAY