Saturday, 11 April 2015


I don't know if anyone else has noticed (or whether it's just in this area) but I don't think I've ever seen such a profusion of wild violets (or dog violets) as there is in this area this spring.  There  seem to be clumps of them springing up in all areas of the garden. They are a lovely flower with glorious scent. Last year we had another flush of them in October - not so profuse as in the spring, but it seemed an unusually late blooming.


The above item is this weeks 'mystery object'.  It will, I think be easy enough to guess what it is, but it has a very specific purpose, or use, or place; and it would be nice if you could also guess its place and date of manufacture as well.
P.s. I bought it late last week, and haven't cleaned it yet, but it's in good working order.

                                                   Good Night, All.


Maggie said...

We also have wonderful amounts of violets everywhere, I think the late spring suits them, I still get excited when I see the first blooms!
We also seem to have wonderful displays of wild primroses around here, especially in the Valency valley woodlands at Boscastle, so cheerful.
I cannot for the life of me remember what the mystery object is for, although I am sure I have seen one before!
Love to you both xxx

paul cully said...

The only thing I can think of, and this is without knowing the size of the object, is that it's a cigarette lighter. Or not.

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Maggie; yes, it really is a lovely spring, this year.

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Paul. You make a good point, and I should have said :- the object measures four and a half inches high overall.

Mike and Ann said...

P.s. Not a cigarette lighter, Paul; but do try again.

Rog said...

Hello you chaps!

Is it perchance a pipe lighter?
Possibly French early 19th Century.

(also suitable for shooting my suggestions down in flames...)

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Rog. You're getting close to the answer. It has not only a duel purpose, but a triple one. Don't know where Crowbard's got to. Normally, I'd be holding back his answer by now, but he hasn't yet made one. I'll put up one or two more photos of the object tomorrow, if need be.

Crowbard said...

Hello Mike,
Sorry I'm late, been rather slow & drowsy all day.
Is it either a copper and brass "three-way" powder flask if it has another swiveling lid on the base, or a two way if not, probably for use with a flintlock pistol, or just possibly a naval gunner's priming flask for a cannon. 1750ish? The three-way flask has compartments for powder, flint and ball, the two-way for powder and flint. The place might be a pocket but I suspect you have something else in mind. It is pretty, possibly Northern Italy? Looking forward to more pics...

Mike and Ann said...

See next blog entry.