Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Mystery object (and thoroughly boring it looks, too, like this). I received this item in the post this morning. The point of this toleware (japanned/painted sheet iron ware) is that the top of the container is painted with an inscription that makes the purpose of the container quite clear, which is why I show the base of the container above, and the inside of it below (I shall show a photograph of the top when someone guesses correctly, or when you've done guessing - whichever is the sooner). It is just over three and a half inches long and just under two and a half inches across. It was probably made between 1760 and 1780. What do you think it was made to contain - be specific please.