This is made remember the hard work of the people in The North East during the industrial revolution. From Coal, iron, furnaces, rolling mills, to the making of the first railways, shipbuilding. Sadly most of the work left to The Far East.
It first of all reflects the colours of the Duke of Northumberland, but most people see this and think 'footbal!'. Yet these are actually ancient colours of the Northumberland Tartan (it is also known as a shepherds tartan), I added a sample. We have in the family, on my wife's side, an older version of this ancient shepherd tartan which is black and soft yellow. It was used to carry a lamb wrapped against the body. I have no idea when it changed to black/white.
Made from high-end black European stock with white rings from Conway Stewart stock.
The white Casein is water sensitive, don't submerge or keep wet to long. Lightly cleaning with damp cloth is no issue.
This is about 13.5cm long and ⌀15.8mm.