Object 15: One-Legged Figures

  Reference: Object 15 Size: Vegetable Oil Bottle Recorded: September, 2012 Found: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT Status: Known Material: Wood Manufacturer: Individual Craftsman, probably from Pennsylvania These well-used objects are now trapped in a case, but at one time they were free to explore any corner of the room. Despite having only one leg, they are quite stable and will stand forever […]

Object 14: Snake Skin Object

  Reference: Object 14 Size: Cricket Bat Recorded: January, 2013 Found: Field Museum, Chicago, IL Status: Known Material: Snake Skin, Steel Manufacturer: Bamum People This object is made primarily of snake skin. What kind of snake, we cannot say other than to note that it was a BIG snake. It’s possibly 200 years old, but objects of this type have been made […]

Object 13: Blue Thing

  Reference: Object 13 Size: Tombstone Recorded: December 2012 Found: Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas Status: Known Manufacturer: Unknown This object was found lying on the street in Nassau. It’s a fairly common object in coastal regions, but it’s something most people would never own. There are many different styles, and a trash can lid can serve the same purpose—and often does. […]

Object 12: Marine Gauge (Solved by Reader)

Reference: Object 12 Size: Pound of butter Recorded: March 2012 Found: House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI Status: Unknown Manufacturer: Unknown House on the Rock is a mystery of its own, but one of their many collections of collections, this object is found. The owners purchased the contents of a defunct nautical museum, and this was one of the items. […]

Object 11: Fanged Hippo (Identified by Readers)

Reference: Object 11 Size: Can of soup Country of Origin: Unknown Recorded: November, 2012 Material: Plastic Found: Job Lot Store Status: Known This object was presented to us by Kitty Mervine. She says that even though she bought it, she has no idea what it actually is used for. The fangs are very soft. The bottom opens to empty it. Can you […]

Object 10: Military Tank

Reference: Object 10 Size: Large watering can Country of Origin: Italy Recorded: January, 2013 Material: Aluminum Found: Army Surplus Store, Chicago Price: $45 Status: Known The military creates a lot of purpose-built items, and this is no exception. The tank shown here was used for one thing, and one thing only. It held something that the military needed good quantities of. Can you […]

Object 9: Spiral Tower

  Reference: Object 9 Size: Mailbox on a post Recorded: January, 2013 Found: Field Museum, Chicago, IL Status: Known   The Field Museum is still a treasure trove. It’s much larger than it appears, and only a small faction of its collection is on display. It’s one of the few museums left that still does original research. This object is […]

Object 8: Recirculating Tank

  Reference: Object 8 Size: Barrel Recorded: September, 2012 Found: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT, USA Status: Known The Shelburne Museum is an amazing place to step back in time. There are faithful preservations of a 1950’s house, an 1880’s dentist office, and a 1910 railway station to name just a few of their dozens of full size exhibits. They even […]

Object 7: Railroad Device

Reference: Object 7 Size: Street Lamp Recorded: September, 2012 Found: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT, USA Status: Identified by readers. The Shelburne Museum is an amazing place to step back in time. There are faithful preservations of a 1950’s house, an 1880’s dentist office, and a 1910 General Store to name just a few of their dozens of full size exhibits. […]

Object 6: Floating Machinery

Reference: Object 6 Size: Pickup Truck Recorded: December 15, 2012 Found: CoCo Cay (Little Stirrup Cay), Berry Islands, Bahamas Status: Unknown Manufacturer: Unknown I found this object at the far end of the island, about a mile from where the tourists lounge. It was near a cut in the coral beach rock that could have served as a ramp. There were […]