Stories from the Stores – mystery object 1

Can you help us find out about this month’s mystery object?
By Rachel Smith and Tabitha Cadbury, curators of Social History and World Cultures

Some objects have been found in the social history stores with no associated information, so we don’t know what they are. Each month we will post a new mystery object. This month’s mystery object is on display in the museum if you want to come in for a closer look, or click on the thumbnails for larger images.

Can you tell us anything about the mystery item? Have you got any idea of its original use? Can you guess? Or better still do you have a story or anecdote connected to it?

The social history collection covers everything from working life, home life and community life as well as personal items. Therefore the mystery objects could be tools for a trade or craft, items for domestic use, bits of a building or pretty much anything really! And don’t forget the object may be a piece of something much larger.

Your help is much appreciated.


6 thoughts on “Stories from the Stores – mystery object 1”

    1. Hi Marc, thanks for your comment and information. I think I can see what you mean (I’m not very good personally when it comes to machinery!) – I will pass this on to the social history team and see what they think.

  1. We’ve had a few other suggestions from staff here – “morse code machine!” and “device for moulding or embossing / pressing. Wondered if there were bits missing eg the central hole – could there have been a handle that fixed into it?”

    Very interesting, keep them coming!

  2. Our previous mystery object really got you thinking and we are grateful for all of your ideas. We now think that it is a microtome, a tool to slice thin samples for microscope slides.

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