I hope this week’s item puts up a little bit of a challenge! This item is made of cast iron. The base is about 3″ long and 2″ wide. There are holes to screw the base into the ground. The top of the item flares up with decorative elements on the sides and in the middle. The top of the item is about 6 1/4″ wide.
So, what is it?!
Everyone is so good at knowing their history and guessing this artifacts! Hopefully, this one will stump most of you! Good luck!
This artifact is made from metal and with a wooden handle. There is an electric plud attached to the base of the handle. All together, this item is about 19 1/2″. The metal part is 14″ long and tapers from about 3″ down to 1″. The electric cord is wrapped in black wool, flecked with white. The cord is a little over 5′ long. So, what is it?!
This item is made entirely from wood. It has a stand that is attached to the base with two screws. It is approximately 16 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide at its widest point and 2 1/2″ wide at its narrowest. There is a hanging hole at one end so it may be put up when not in use. When set up on its stand, this item is about 3 inches tall.
HINT: This item would have been found and used in every home during its time.
In addition to our monthly behind the scenes blogs, the museum is also introducing “What is it?” posts. These posts will explore items from the museum’s collections; artifacts that are unusual or are things that people just don’t use any more. Can you figure out what these mysterious items were used for?
Here’s the first one, GOOD LUCK!
This item has a wooden handle that is about 35″ long with a metal cone attached at its base. On the wooden handle, there is a hand rest about a foot from the top that sticks out perpendicular and is about 4 1/2″ long. The metal cone is stamped with a maker’s mark, is 7 1/2″ long and has a diameter of 8 1/2″. The inside of the metal cone is separated by other metal pieces that have holes drilled into them. All together, the item is a little over three feet tall and is fairly light. So, WHAT IS IT?
Hint: the metal is rusted.
This item was guessed before we moved this page. It’s a clothes washer! You would use it to agitate soapy water and get your clothes good and clean!