Index


5
Fragment of hewn stone unearthed from the Cour Napoleon in the Louvre during the archaeological dig - November 1984.

29
Fragment of a menhir found at Carnac - 17 May 1986, around midnight.

47
Pieces of lava found in a banana field in La Palma, Canary Islands 1986?

49
Piece of the Pompidou Centre in Paris - November 1984.

52
Bones unearthed in the courtyard of the ancient prison of Monfort, France - 6 July 1984.

55
Nut and bolt from the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco - September 1984.

56
A piece of the Louvre from the Cour Napoleon - 1 November 1984.

58
Bolt found in the Universal Shipyards, Sarisbury, England - July 1984.

59
Original rotten oak taken from Charmin's keel in the Universal Shipyard in Sarisbury, Hampshire - 27 July 1984. (60 ft. ketch belonging to Ian and Tim, sea-faring rogues the two of them - Ian now dead, Tim now a sculptor).

63
Buttercup picked on King Arthur's grave at Glastonbury Abbey - 15 July 1986. (A leaden plate in the form of a cross was found in the grave in the reign of King Henry II. The inscription reads: Hic jacet sepultus inclytus Rex Arthurus in Insula Avalonia - "Here lies interred in the Isle of Avalon the renowned King Arthur.")

64
Roman coin bought in Covent Garden market for £1 - 2 June 1986.

65
Musket shot bought in Covent Garden market for 25 p each - 2 June 1986.

71
Flowers from Simone de Beauvoir's funeral - 19 April 1986.

72
Piece of the Eiffel Tower - 1983. (Renovation work was launched in '83 in preparation for the tower's centenary. Tired metal was being replaced. I took pity on this piece that looked particularly exhausted and proposed it a well deserved retirement in my museum).

73
An afternoon's work. (I couldn't think of any more suitable title for this object other than a reference to the time it took to get it together!)

74
Rope, string and cloth used by Christo to wrap up the Pont Neuf - Sunday 22 September 1985.

76
Pieces of arrows shot by 90 archers from the ramparts of Mont St. Michel between 9h30 and 10h00, 24 March 1985 at the turn of the equinoctial high tide as part of an in situ event by the artist Ramsa.

82
Fragments of "Winter Slate Ring" by Richard Long picked up in the Criée des Halles in Rennes - 30 July 1986.

84
Stretcher from Géricault's painting "L'Epave," (Louvre 1945, RF 784). Found in an attic over the Louvre by an indelicate curator.

85
Fragment from a sketch on canvas by Delacroix from the ancient Hotel de Ville de Paris representing "Murs Enchainés." P.1602 XIX century.

86
Eraser belonging to Jean Giraud (Moebius) used by me to erase 500 of his signatures - December 1984.

88
A small coffin for my pencil that was worked to death in the animation studio I.O. d'Angoulème, drawing the animated film "Le Concombre Masqué contre le Grand Patatouzeur" by Mandryka - 1985.

89
Piece of glass from the front door of the animation studio I.O. in Angoulème, broken by Franco Milia and myself whilst contriving to introduce a dog-kennel into the director's office.

91
Pulverized Notre Dame - 20 November 1982.

92
Evaporated Holy Water from Notre Dame de Paris - 1982.

94
Light bottled in 1982.

95
Stone taken from Jim Morrison's tomb in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris - 7 December 1983.

98
Water from Lourdes - 1984.

100
Bottle that formerly contained tap water bottled from my home at 7, Pass. Moncey in Paris on 3 March 1985 - Bottle broken whilst moving house to Issy-les-Moulineaux 2 April 1985.

101
Smoke from a Gauloise cigarette bottled on the 18th February 1985.

102
A sigh bottled at mid-night - 1985.

103
Fragments of a book published by Galimard bottled in June 1985.

104
Some tender words bottled 3 March 1985.

105
Chewed Shakespeare, "The Taming of the Shrew," chewed by me one Sunday evening in March 1985.

107
Cobweb taken from the Salle des Chevaliers on the second floor of the Batiment de la Merveille du Mont St. Michel at 16h53 - 23 March 1985.

110
Sand from the Gisa pyramids (Kheops) 2500 B.C. - 1986.

111
Sand from Saqqara - the Djeser Sanctuary - taken from the foot of the high walls, 2600 B.C. - 1986.

112
Sand from Assouan - Island of Aga-Khan's Mausoleum, southern Egypt - 1986.

113
Sand from the Karnak Temple, Naos of Ramses II (from the far end of the Sanctuary), east bank of the Nile - 1250 B.C. - 1986.

114
Sand from Karnak taken from the line of elephants - Thebes, east bank, 2000-1000 B.C. - 1986.

115
Sand from the Sinaï desert taken facing the town of Ismaelia on the east bank of the Suez Canal 1986.

116
Lichens taken from the Carnac Menhirs - 17 May 1986 around midnight.

117
Well water from the Lady Chapel at Glastonbury Abbey - mixed with aspirin - June 1986.

119
Glove used in the painting of the Eiffel Tower - 1983 nº GE27.

120
Glove used in the archaeological dig in the Louvre - 1984.

122
Human Thighbone bought in the Montreuil Flea Market for 10 francs - 14 December 1986.

126
Fragments of Nelson's Flag Ship, H.M.S. Victory - July 1987. (My pirate friends, Ian and Tim, were compelled by the codes of their sea-faring lore to acquire a piece of the mast of Nelson's Flag Ship to place beneath the mast of their own 60 ft. ketch, Charmian - see art. 59).

130
Stone believed to have been taken from the Roman Baths in Bath - 14 July 1987. (I can not certify information that has been contaminated in some way or another with the seeds of doubt).

132
My own finger and toe nail clippings - 4 September 1987.

135
Roland Topor's cigar case taken collected at my neighbour's place - 30 April 1988. (Roland Topor was a French artist of multiple talents, enormous cigars and an unforgivable laugh).

136
Carlos Rojas' cigar case, a donation by the owner himself, which took place in Creteil - August 1988.

138
Egg gobbed by the Italian artist and film-maker Franco Milia in Creteil - May 1988.

139
Cigar box found in the French actor Jacques Dutronc's dustbin, Rue Hallé, Paris - 1979.

143
Alfred ROLL (Paris: 1846-1919). Formerly rolled, his painting, entitled "14 Juillet 1880" PPP110. (6m45 x 9m80). Canvas, paint, glue and protection gauze removed during the operation of re-canvassing in 1988.

145
"Joy and Sadness go together." Lied by L.V. Beethoven, text by Goethe - Sung in German and bottled by JORGE LOPEZ PALACRO, a Colombian tenor. Paris - 20 August 1988 at 16h03.

146
The fire of Lisbon. Fragments of burnt wood taken from the carbonised rubble of Chiado - October 1988.

147
Nothing, bottled in Ivry - 27 October 1988.

151
A splinter from my staircase and blood from Jean-Claude Chupin (Artist) - 1 January 1989.

152
Fragment of a gravestone of an unknown person from the Moclin Cemetery, Grenada, Spain, on which Frederico GARCIA LORCA undoubtedly laid his eyes since it stood facing the place where he was in the habit of sitting and writing. Every year barren women would make a pilgrimage (Romeria) to pray for assistance from the Holy Virgin. Many of these women were miraculously cured, returning pregnant following liaisons with fellow pilgrims (Romeros). Since early childhood, Frederico Garcia Lorca would never miss a Romeria, fascinated by this duel Christian and pagan mise-en-scne. He wrote "YERMA." - January 1989.

154
Mica from the base camp of Mt. Everest, Himalaya, Nepal, gathered two days before the Tchernabil disaster - 1987.

155
The water in which I rinsed my right hand after having shaken that of Jack Lang (the French Minister of Culture during Mitterrands' reign) - 27 April 1989.

156
Danielle Mitterrand's cup and the water she didn't drink during the opening of a Cuban painting exhibition at the Galerie de Nesle, Paris - 11 May 1989.

157
Shell found on the beach at Trouville around 11 o'clock in the morning on the 21 May 1989 - presented by V.R. the same day in Ivry around 6 o'clock.

158
Solstitial Journey by bicycle uniting my atelier in Ivry with Chartres Cathedral - 20/21 June 1989. (Every 10 kilometres I picked up whatever object was closest to the front wheel of my bicycle).

Km.10

Km.20

Km.30

Km.40

Km.50

Km.60

Km.70

Km.80

Km.90

Km.100 (Chartres Cathedral)




- Daisies.
- Pebble.
- Packet of Marlboro cigarettes.
- Empty box of matches.
- Stone.
- Leaves.
- Bottle top and dog-ends.
- Bark.
- Daisies.
- Piece of the iron fence.
- Fragments of stone.
- Fragments of leather from the door.
- Candle wax and leaves-
- Holy Water collected at the sun's zenith.


159
Recycled Swiss Lavatory Paper. - June 1989.

161
Glasnost snow..... from "La Marseillaise" procession by Jean-Paul Gould, (the bicentennial parade of the French Revolution), collected in the Champs Elysées at the junction with the rue de Berri at 1H47 a.m. - 15 July 1989.

167
Paper fallen from the sky during the Eiffel Tower's centenary fire-works display - 17 June 1989.

170
Rose petal taken from the Dame of Sark's garden in the Isle of Sark - October 1989.

171
Broken bottle-neck of no particular interest unearthed from beneath Peter Sorrell's atelier in Ivry - October 1989.

174
This is not a piece of the Berlin Wall despite the fact that it was presented to me by an East German - December 1989.

177
Piece of burnt wood found in Rouen facing the Episcopal Palace where Jeanne d'Arc was judged by an ecclesiastical tribunal presided by Pierre Cauchon, Evèque de Beauvais. Declared a heretic, she was burnt to death on the 30 May 1431 - 7 January 1990.

179
Fragment of the Berlin Wall - 1989.

181
Screw from an ancient wooden balustrade from the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris - 1990.

182
Pieces from a bookseller's box that was blown off the wall and smashed on the Quai des Grands Augustins during a storm in January 1990.

184
Rainbow Warrior II - (The Green Peace boat sabotaged and sunk by the French Secret Service during the early years of Mitterrand's reign) - A washer found in the bows and white paint and a piece of rope from below deck - Auckland, New Zealand - 1989.

185
Fragment of Etruscan pottery from the Orvieto cemetery, Italy - February 1990.

186
Marcel Proust - Piece of lead from the dining room window of Aunt Léonie's house in Illiers, Combray - 1990.

188
Leaf taken from Amedeo Mogdigliani's grave in the Père Lachaise cemetery, Paris - 10 April 1990.

189
Fragment of the mast of the 74 cannon ship "Beaupe La Superbe" from Admiral de Conflans' fleet that sank off the island of Dumet in 1759. Fortuitous donation by the Musée de la Marine in Paris.

190
The first three ink cartridges used in the writing of "Hedges, Ditches and Dreams" - my brother Lala Ashford-Brown's first manuscript - donated by the poet himself in Brighton, 1990.

193
Raymond Chandler "Le Grand Sommeil." Bottled by Max Sauze (book plumber) in 1988 - June 1990.

195
Tronchet's Urine. (Writer, author of comics, film director, comedian). Bottled by the artist himself on the 7 July 1990 at 1H04 in the morning.

196
Straw taken from the main circle of flattened corn of the mysterious rings at Alton Barnes in Wiltshire, England - July 1990. (For many years circles of flattened corn, sometimes of very intricate designs, have been appearing throughout England though mainly in Wiltshire in the vicinity of Stonehenge and Avebury. Whether they are man-made or not has been the subject of much conjecture).

198
Fragments of the renovated Great Wall of China - 1990.

201
Again the Berlin Wall - 1990.

203
Blue presumed exact - so said the artist Jacque Sanchiz a short while before he was found dead in his atelier - 1990.

204
Yet again the Berlin Wall - September 1990.

205
This bottle contains a Finger Wipe from the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo - 1990.

207
Desert Sand transported by boat on Cleopatra's orders to the island of the same name in the Bay of Bodrum on the Turkish coast for the unique purpose of rendering bathing more pleasurable for her lover, Marck Anthony - 27 November 1990.

208
Wax and Laurel Leaf taken from Diaghilew's tomb in Venice - 1990.

210
Fragment of glazed earthenware found in a street in Venice near the Rialto on the night of the 31 Dec. /1 Jan. 1991 at about 4 o'clock in the morning.

214
Ivy taken from Vincent Van Gogh's tomb in Auvers sur Oise - 28 February 1991.

219
Coca Cola can used as a model by Geoff Darrow in an illustration for an animated film project by Ridley Scott - September 1991.

220
The other lump of Sugar that Renaud (French pop star) did not put in his café at the Closerie des Lilas in Paris - 18 November 1991.

221
The head of a Paint Brush deserving a rest after many loyal years in the service of art - 1991.

222
Plaster-cast from the upper right balcony of Regis Loisel's Teeth (French author of comics) - February 1992.

223
Nothing of interest has been noted concerning this bottle.

227
Daisies and Weeds gathered from Jacques Prevert's tomb in Omonville La Petite - Samedi 30 May 1992 at 5 o'clock.

228
Fragment of pottery found in Petra, Jordan the 19th April 1992 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

229
Fragment of pottery from Petra, Jordan - April 1992.

230
Cloth found in a street in Agadez, Niger - 2 December 1991 at 5 o'clock.

231
Mysterious Fragment. I can not remember what it is, where it comes from or why it is in this museum.

232
Bolt from a sleeper on the T.G.V. Nord railway track.

234
Lala's Teapot. Found by my brother, Lala, buried beneath the desert sand in Libya in July 1972 about tea-time. It accompanied him on his wanderings for many years. (A poet and a vagabond, he spent seventeen years on the road. Sometimes with gypsies, sometimes in prison, often drunk and always in love).

235
Sardinian Volcanic Mud, possessed by the British from 1708 to 1714 during their occupation of Sardinia, was brought by the MILIAS de Monza (Milan) in 1992 to 7, Passage Moncey (Paris) where it remained until 23 January 1993 when FRANCO of the above mentioned family donated it to this museum.

238
Frank Margerin's Tortoise a personal creation undertaken in Ivry during the night of 27/28 February 1993.

239
Fragment of the pedestal on which rested the sculptured head of Jim Morrison (by Croatian sculptor Mladen Mikulin) in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. It was stolen in March 1988 and never replaced.

240
Atlantis Pebble. Pebble from the Isle of Santorin (Greece), believed by some to be a vestige of Atlantis - October 1992.

242
Inorganic Matter in the shape of a chicken's head and a similar object resembling nothing in particular, found in La Martinique - 1992.

243
Trench Spade From the1914 War. This German spade was unearthed by the Bomb Disposal Experts from Metz in the Verdun Forest on Tuesday 5 October 1993.

244
Part of a Spoon about which nothing is known - October 1993.

245
Fragment of Metal from Pearl Harbour.

246
Fishing Licence from the State of California issued to Pauline Hoopes for the year 1946.

247
Objects transported by a glacier to Coalville, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

248
Fragment of Pottery from the American Civil War found on the Monassas battle field, Virginia (1861/1862).

249
Spoon unearthed from beneath the rubble of the San Francisco Earthquake in 1906.

250
Zinc Rod from a battery buried in 1906 by the San Francisco Earthquake.

251
Egyptian Pot, First Dynasty, 3000 B.C. - Bought in the fifties by my mother from Vanessa Bell, Cleeve House, Seend, England (Artist and sister to Virginia Woolf). Identified and restored by archaeologists in Cambridge University, the pot was once again broken, by a starling, which flew down the chimney in 1987. In 1993, after six years in a plastic bag at the back of a cupboard, it was once again restored, only this time by my own unskilled hands.

252
Gravel from Marcel Proust's house - 1994.

253
Fossil of a Mollusc found at the "Villa De Leyva," Boyaca, Colombia - 1994.

254
Cigarette dating from the 1930's. Found on 1 August 1991 in an artist's studio that had not been entered since his death in 1932.

255
Pin from a World War II, French Hand Grenade found on 16 March 1994 on the dunes of Biville.

256
The nose of a Second World War, German 20 c.m. Shell. Biville - 1994.

257
Fragment of a cannon from a wrecked German tank from the Second World War picked up on the dunes of Biville - 1994.

258
Unidentified Greek Medallion with no particular story to tell other than it having belonged to a Mister Konzialis in Corfu, for an undetermined period.

259
Marking Tape from the Miles Davis concert in Troyes, France - 13 August 1989.

260
The jazz musician AL Jarreau's Cigarette Packet.

262
Fragment of an electrical isolation bobbin + photo in situ - Auschwitz 25 April 1994.

263
Water from the Saint Ediltrude Spring, which should contain the trace of a wish made by myself concerning matters of the heart - 23 August 1995.

266
Roman Sword unearthed in the Old Vicarage garden, Marden in the early 60's. It served as a toy sword for my brothers and I before adopting the noble profession of poker to the family hearth. It finally broke in two after a long and adventurous life of devoted service - 1996.

267
BONE fragment from an Elephas Meridionalis (ancestor of the mammoth) that sank over two million years ago (pliocene superior) beneath the mud of the ancient Marais du Gard in France. One afternoon in the spring of 1985, the reconstructed skeleton of the elephas in the Paris Natural History Museum collapsed for the second time in two million years - 1996.

268
Cotton having formerly touched the body of Saint Germaine De Pibrac - donated by Mme Niçoise of Versailles to Françoise at her birth in June 1939 - 1996.

270
Glove used in the renovation of the Louvre in 1984.

271
Glove used in the repainting of the Eiffel Tower in 1983.

272
M. Pheiffer's paper napkin - Hollywood, L.A., 24 March 1996 at 22H30.

273
Stone from the entrance to the Barrow Grave under the Hostages Mount at Tara, Co.Meath, Ireland - July 1996.

274
A Snail Shell and Marble from the columns of King Minos's Palace in Knossos, Crete - 6 November 1994.

280
Small Twisted Metal Rod found in Del Zacalo Square, Mexico City - July 1996.

281
Keys belonging to Mr Smith who died from grief after his dog disappeared - 1996.

282
Tap Water bottled in my atelier - 6 November 1996 at 10H30 a.m.

283
Rain Water and Apple Tree Leaf bottled 1 September 1996.

284
Water from the River Seine and Sand from the Sahara Desert - 1996.

290
The last remaining piece of my daughter Sarah's Umbilical Cord that relinquished all claim to her in March 1998.

291
Snail Shell from Rainer Maria Rilke's House at Murot, Switzerland and a Rose Petal from his grave at Raron - 1998.

292
A Screw and a Nail from which was hung a painting by Picasso in the Musée Picasso, Paris - May 1998.

293
My brother Lala found this Clothes Peg in his bowl of beans (our mother, who was a militant vegetarian, served up the same meal everyday for 40 years in an earthenware pot that was continuously topped up with beans and never washed - the notorious Marden Beanpot). May 1999.

294
Salt from Death Valley at Sundown, U.S.A. - 12 June 1997.

295
Hydrangea from Frank Sinatra's funeral.

296
Heel of A Shoe.

297
Drawing Pin from the transformation room of a coal mine - Mine de la Fosse, 11/19 Loos en Gohelle, Pas de Calais.

298
Part of a Human Skull bought in the Montreuil flea market and the plaster cast teeth of an unknown person.

299
Part of a Deed (with seal) inscribed on parchment concerning family affairs. Subject and date unknown. It's all that remains of a lampshade made by my grandmother.

300
Child's Shoe With Nail.

301
Wood Chippings and Blue Ceramic Beads coming, I believe, from Cuba though I have lost all information concerning them - 2000.

302
Part of a Torn-Up Note from the Front Bench of The House of Commons, London - 2000.

303
18th. Century Inkwell from the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Suffolk, England. (Founded on confiscated pirate gold) - May 2000.

304
Wood from the outside lavatory in Paradise - April 2000.

305
Feather and Corn from a Crop Circle near Beckhampton, England - June 2000.

306
Stone extracted from the quarry where Nelson Mandela spent 17 years breaking rocks on Robben Island off the Cape of Good Hope - Picked up on 17 November 1999 at 16H15.

307
Piece of the Iron Railings from the Château de Villebouzin, Essonne, where La Montespan celebrated black mass and which is today a home for Jet Set drug addicts - September 2000.

308
Garter Snake Skin found in Carol & Sandy Woolworth's basement in Wilton, Ct. U.S.A. - 21 October 2000 at 8H30 p.m.

309
Substitute photograph of a Picasso painting. "Portrait of Max Jacob by Picasso 1907, belonging to the Ludwig collection, removed from the Picasso Museum for an exhibition in Japan. " We regret its absence on this last day of the Max Jacob and Picasso Exhibition. "

310
Parcel N°1 (packet of florist's labels) returned by the post from it's destination in Abidjan, Ivory Coast to Ivry sur Seine in 1981.

311
Bits and Pieces from Central America posted by V. Pony and J-M Four in Santiago, Chile 28.02.97 at 18H24. (Opened by the customs).

312
The Head of a Paintbrush grieving the loss of its handle. (Believed to have once belonged to Sonia Ficheux - a young artist friend, a wife and a mother who opted out in June 2000 leaving us all in the lurch).

313
Sculpted Stone from the Angkor Temple, Cambodia, picked up on January eleventh 2001 at about eleven o'clock in the morning (some 70 years after Malraux).

315
Human Bones from the tombs of Port Punique in Carthage (desecrated by bulldozers and cast into the sea). 9 March 2002.

316
Ouchabti or Chaouabti, funerary figure that accompanied the Mummy on its last voyage. PtolemaÏc Era circa 300 B.C., bartered on the left bank of Louxor.

317
Statuette of Sekmet, Goddess of War, bought on the banks of the Nile as a "real" fake antiquity in the 1980's. We can therefore estimate it to be at least 20 years old.

318
Fragment of Potterie from the Temple of Denderah, (PtolemaÏc Era) found July 1979.

319
My Mother. The ashes of Kathleen Maud Ashford-Brown. Cremated on Friday 13th Feb. 2004 and bottled at the Old Vicarage, Marden.

320
Chippings from Quantas' Hoof. The horse that led Princess Diana's funeral procession through the streets of London.

321
Antlers dug up in the garden of the Old Vicarage, Marden, in the early 60's.

324
Victorian Gentleman's Survival Kit: barometer, thermometer and compass having belonged to Dr. Bernard Butter, Eye Surgeon and founder of The Plymouth Eye Hospital. He died in 1877 leaving his fortune to his nephews, amongst them; Edwin Ashford of Moorlands.

325
Agnès Varda's Potato. This potato was part of an installation by the photographer and film director Agnès Varda, 'borrowed' from the gallery showing her work in Paris in 2005.


SQUATTERS


(Despite the severe selection of candidates for the museum, a few objects have slipped in uninvited and unnoticed. Once discovered, they proclaim squatter's rights and I am compelled to tolerate their presence amongst my collection).

1
Wrapped Sugar Lump (Cafés Richard) signed by: Petit Pierre, Chahide, Stefie, Fred, Bernie et Carlos. (Members of the film animation team, Label 35, Creteil).

2
"The window that will not disfigure Ashley, 17 / 12 / 91, Ivry." (I cannot recall for what reason nor why, when or how this small bottle containing broken glass appeared in my museum.)

3
"Happy Birthday." Letters cut out of the French newspaper "Le Monde" on the 17 January 1992.

4
"Elasto Fragmentoplaste - 23 January 1993." A half eaten condensed-milk tart that appeared in the museum under the above mentioned heading following a party in my atelier.

5
Fragment of a Gramophone Record "When the Saints Go Marching In" by Louis Armstrong.

6
Unidentified Dried Fruit - perhaps a plumb!

7
Perhaps a fragment of a gravestone.

8
Bar of Soap from Iran.

9
Small Bottle of Seashells.

10
Bottle Filled with Pencils Stubs.

11
"Putsch a Ouagadougou." Rotten book of little interest other than its title and a certain aesthetic quality.

12
Piece of canvas from a Self-Portrait and a photo depicting its former location in the painting. (A painting sacrificed for Christmas presents in the 1980's).

13
Compressed Beer Cans. (Perhaps a homage to César).

14
Shoe Iron.

15
Perhaps another Fragment of a Gravestone.

16
Water from the Ganges, 29 Jan. 2001 (Kumbh Mela) Varenasi.

17
A bottle that formally contained water from the Sacred Spring of St. Ediltrude in Brittany collected on the 30th August at 6 o'clock in the afternoon with the intention that "all my wishes be realized." Despite the sealing wax the water is now evaporated so perhaps it was successful!

18
Sand from the Bay of Pigs, Cuba.

(Annex)

THE HYPOTHETICAL MUSEUM


1
JESUS' PAINT BRUSH. Whether Jesus was an artist and this was his paintbrush can appear as inconceivable as the belief in the existence of Jesus himself.
Can we encumber him with the appurtenance of this brush without offending the traditional theology and the sacred history of Christianity? When one considers the multitude of Holy Relics that are attributed to him with little or no historical evidence might it not be just plausible to stretch human credulity to encompass this modest little object. Besides, my own personal research concerning the origins of this brush, though far from convincing, has in no way lead me to relinquish all claim to the belief that this paintbrush could conceivably have belonged to Jesus.

2
SHAKESPEARE'S SCREWDRIVER. That Shakespeare was a poet and dramatist leaves no doubt in the minds of the most eminent specialists, but that he was also a D.I.Y. man remains to be clarified and moreover that this was his screwdriver leaves room for much uncertainty. On the other hand, can we exclude a possibility, however small, exclusively on the grounds of our ignorance in the matter?

3
QUEEN VICTORIA'S TOOTHBRUSH. It is suggested that this obscure object of 120 volts belonged to Queen Victoria - a presumption, although unverifiable, concords approximately with her interest in modern technology and personal hygiene.
Nevertheless, the identity of the object remains suspect due to the lack of bristles that are customary to articles of this nature.

4
CHARLOTTE CORDAY's KNIFE. Objects, being denied the power of speech, veil their history within silence and immobility. Mystery shrouds their past and in mystery resides a multitude of possibilities. It's the work of historians, antiquarians and poets to explore this secret land, to extract the inconceivable, to clarify enigmas and advance hypotheses.
Take this knife for example. Can we say for certain that it was the one that served to assassinate Marat? Certainly not. But can we proclaim with absolute certitude that it was in no way instrumental in his death? Again no. So the doubt persists and we can ignore no eventuality.

5
THIS IS A NAIL. Despite it's age and doubtful ancestry, I can advance with certitude that this is nothing other than a nail of little interest - and all resemblance to objects of a kindred nature that might benefit from doubt (sacred or otherwise) can be entirely excluded.