Friday, 17 July 2015



Just  after midday today we arrived back in civilisation (well Suffolk anyway) after our trip to Sweden via Norway - Trondheim Airfield. The trip was organised by our second daughter (who blogs as Nea) and Ann. We stayed with Nea and her husband, her 15 and (very nearly) 18 year old daughters.  I have a lot of holiday snaps to foist on my readers eventually; but in the meantime here are some photos of an antique object I purchased whilst in Sweden. I think it will make a very decent MYSTERY OBJECT, in that I shall be pleasantly surprised if any of you can guess its correct (well - primary - purpose). It is made of wood (I think straight grained mahogany), and is just over ten and a half inches long. See if you can tell me its purpose, date and country of origin. In view of where I purchased it the country of origin should be Sweden, but even that is a little doubtful in that the only illustration I can find of a similar one states that it was made in England!

I will eventually publish more photoes to illustrate its purpose.  It is lovely to be home, and I wish you very happy guessing.
Warm regards  - Mike and Ann.


Crowbard said...

First impression is that this is a double-barreled walking stick handle for someone with two bad legs!
i.e. I am initially utterly stumped.
I'l be back!
Hope you had your usual glorious holiday/business trip.
Welcome home, we missed you.

Rog said...

Ah you gaddabouts!

The Mystery Object looks to me like the butt end of a crossbow. Mid 18C and used for killing Elks from a safe distance.

Liz said...

I hope you've had a good holiday Mike and Ann. Look forward to hearing all about it when we see you in a couple of weeks.

Crowbard said...

I doubt if we'd have a quarrel over such a crossbow Rog. But I'm not convinced yet.

Mike and Ann said...

Crowbard and Rog. Suggest you take a look at the extra photographs of the Mystery Object that I've just published on the entry for Sunday, 19th July. Hope they help.

Crowbard said...

Very helpful indeed, Mike. They bring a whole new depth to the meaning of mystery.