Tuesday, 1 October 2013
This implement is today's MYSTERY OBJECT. It is not really ancient - it is English and dates from the High Victorian period, which will give you a good clue as to dating. It is heavily silver plated, with a silver mount (not hallmarked) midway along it. The handle is of ivory and is heavily cracked, which doesn't stop it doing its job - usually at Christmas, when it is taken out, cleaned (at Ann's insistence), and used. It is almost eleven inches long, and, like most Victorian objects it is well made and practical. The mechanical business end is shown in the two pictures below in their two positions. I think these pictures should enable you to work out its purpose.
The object below is of treen (probably a pale fruitwood, or sycamore) with the business end reinforced with a plain, well made, sheet silver mount. It is earlier than the one above (dating from around 1790),much simpler, and rather smaller (at just under eight and a half inches), but serves the same purpose. This one is now retired.
Good guessing, as to the purpose of these two objects, and the date of the above one.