A "Maund" basket found in the reception of "Watts, Blake and Bearne" China Clay company in Kingsteignton. Notice on the basket reads - "A basket used for hoisting ball clay lumps from barges into sea going vessels at Teignmouth."
The object called a maund was a small wicker basket with handles. The unit maund was used to measure quantities of oranges, gloves, and other stuff that would be carried in such a basket.
China clay has been mined in the Bovey basin from the 18th century. The Stover canal was built in the 18th Century to transport clay and other minerals from the Bovey Basin and granite from quarries on Dartmoor to the docks at Teignmouth for nearly 150 years.
It runs for 2 miles from Ventiford Basin near Teigngrace to Jetty Marsh on the outskirts of Newton Abbot. From there, barges would take their loads on to the river Teign to Teignmouth docks, a further 5 miles, where the cargo was transferred to seagoing boats.