Next time you find a bit of pottery on the beach, you may be looking at an artifact from a 19th Century shipwreck. It is believed the name chaney evolved from children using the pieces for games and calling them them “china money” or “chiney money” or “chaney.”

The images on the right are from chaneys recovered in the Forth of Firth Estuary near Edinburgh, Scotland. The lower left was taken of me at Annestown Beach in County Waterford, Ireland.

A PIECE OF CHINA THAT WASHES UP ON A BEACH IS CALLED A CHANEY AND MAY BE AN ARTIFACT FROM A SHIPWRECK