Thursday, 19 March 2015

Thursday.




Just realised it's been a while since I put a Mystery Object on screen. All  three photos are of this week's mystery object.  Please give your opinion of the material of which it is  made, the object's purpose; when it was made, and where (no need to be too exact about the latter - there are two possible answers, perhaps three).

          Good guessing, and my warm regards,
                               Mike.

11 comments:

Crowbard said...

I suppose the absence of focus on the marks on the suspension loop was deliberate to obscure date and maker, but what a prettily detailed loop it is.
This is probably a piece of feminine adornment, I would guess silver, late Art-Nouveau period and would expect to find pierced panels behind the petals/lids, at least one of which would be hinged with a small sponge behind it, unless it is a three-portrait locket. While it looks Dutch in origin I suspect it may originate further North. I suspect it may be of considerable rarity value, initial research did not throw up anything of similar design.

Crowbard said...

She whom my heart adores said "Ooooooh! Luuurvely!" she also thought it to be Dutch silver and a pretty pendant which her heart covets, so if it's not in your & Ann's personal collection may I have first dibs please? And as our Ozzy mates say "Emma Chizzit cobber?" And don't rob yourself as you usually do when spreading stuff around the family.
Love from us both to you both.

Rog said...

Sorry Crowbard, but it is obviously simply a 50pence piece. They are cunningly designed with angled shape to enable removal from Scotsman's steady grip with a suitable wrench

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Crowbard and Jude. You are probably right about the place of origin. The hall marks you spotted are, in fact silver import marks, for, I'm told 1894 (which has nothing to do with the original date of the object). In a while, when the guesses are in, I'll put up more photos, which will make things more clear, so watch this space.

Mike and Ann said...

Well spotted, Rog. I think I must award you fifty per cent of the marks for getting half of the photographed objects right. Now carry on and watch the other photographed object, and in time, you may get it right.

Crowbard said...

I believe you have scored nearer the bull than have I Rog, I've checked my tool-kit and have no wrench to fit a 50p coin. I shall have to try the 'mole-grips'after anaesthetising the scotsman with a swift application of the stilsons to his head.

I had assumed it was a trinket to go on a necklace, but I'm wondering Mike if it may have belonged on a chatelaine? Could it be a patch-box with three partitions for different sized patches, perhaps?

Crowbard said...

"Carry on and WATCH" ~

"In time, you may get it right" ~

Are they clues, Mike? Is it a portable time-piece?

kippy said...

Perhaps it is a mini-chatelaine. Each section has a different purpose. One could have a little piece of ivory or a note pad with a small piece of lead, another hold smelling salts, a third perhaps for face powder or rouge? I can't remember the size of a 50p coin.

kippy said...

How big is a 50p coin? I can't remember, but guess it is slightly bigger than a U.S. quarter.

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Kippy. A fifty pence piece is just over an inch across, or just under three centimetres across. I can't compare it to a U.S. quarter because I can't remember how big they are. I'll put up further photos of the object later today, when all will be revealed.

Mike and Ann said...

Please see the next blog entry (Sunday) for full details of this object.