This beautifully preserved enameled bronze pan is probably a souvenir of Hadrian’s Wall possibly made for a soldier who served there or a visitor.
The Staffordshire Moorlands pan found in Ilam in 2003.
Its engraved description names forts on the wall – Bowness, Drumburgh, Stanwick and Castlesteads as well as the name Aelius Draco.
Was he the man presented with the dish as a memento of his time on the wall? We will never know but this is a very rare artefact which is now in the collection of the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-On-Trent.