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Mystery Object

Mystery object

September 29, 2010

Debbie Rudder
This week's mystery object had me guessing. It is quite striking at 600 mm tall, with a timber drum, curved ironwork and highly ornate gilt maker's plate. Is it a: a) machine for making gear wheels for clocks b) machine for cleaning knives c) portable darkroom for developing rolls of film d) portable agitator-type washing machine

Mystery Object (go on…have a guess)

September 6, 2010

Erika Taylor
This week's mystery object is one of my favourite objects from our collection. It is about 10cm in diameter and quite solid. Is it...? a) a hairball from the stomach of a bull b) an early golfball carved from stone c) a fossilised coconut d) an early croquet ball made from resin The answer will be posted on Friday!

Mystery object- archaeology

May 21, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
It's only fitting that during National Archaeology Week we should have, as our mystery object, an actual archaeological find. This artefact is made of kaolin and it measures 36mm length x 20mm width.

Mystery object (multiple choice!)

April 21, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
In response to Jacqui's winning suggestion from our 1st birthday competition, we've put together our first multiple choice mystery object post! The object above is made of solid boxwood with a metal end and measures 44mm in height x 35mm in diameter.