These are just a few of a box full of metal blocks I took in today. These are not printing blocks as such but are used for stamping hot metal foil onto fancy bookbindings. To have one of these made, particularly the larger ones could cost several hundred pounds, and yet, once used for their intended project, they are often discarded as useless and valueless. It's a shame of course, it is difficult to see how some of them could be of any use to anyone else, but others such as the many 'borders' and 'ornaments' should surely be of use to someone further down the line. Wonderful objects nonetheless.