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.
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This intriguing little object found its way into a curator's hands this week. It appears to be some kind of clamp, you twist the gripped handle and the head of it opens. The other handle swings freely around the head.
Now that we have solved the Earoscope, it’s time for a new mystery object! What you see above is part of a new acquisition from the Enoch Taylor & Co shoe archive. From 1851-1970s, Enoch Taylor & Co specialised in the importation and manufacture of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, first in Melbourne and then Sydney.
I specialise in nineteenth century Australian and Pacific photography and the links between science and photography.
I think one of the most underrated curatorial skills is the ability to remain engaged in your current research while at the same time making mental notes of everything that wanders across your field of vision.
The curatorial team here at the Museum are the keepers to an immense amount of knowledge, covering a wide variety of special areas. If you have a question, chances are someone here can write you a novel on the subject.