Mystery Object 191: Spinning Spindles

Size: Washing Machine Recorded: September, 2014 Found: City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri Circa:  Early-20th century Made: USA Material: Brass, cast iron Status: Known     It might be obvious what this is, but take a closer look. It has a pedal, and a shifter, as though it was meant to be driven somewhere. Two people were required to use this item, […]

Mystery Object 190: Fancy Face

Size: Large Spoon Recorded: October, 2014 Found: Colorado Estate Sale Circa:  Mid-20th century Made: Switzerland Material: Metal, glass Status: Known         Thanks to Susie Lee for this submission! What looks like it could be a boatswains timepiece is and was used to determine something that would be difficult with more conventional tools. One might use this on land, […]

Mystery Object 189: Strange Scissors

Size: Large Shears Recorded: October, 2014 Found: Celebrity Solstice Circa:  Current Made: Murano, Italy Material: Metal Status: Known         Yes, they’re scissors, but they’re used for cutting something unusual. You wouldn’t have much use for these in your kitchen, but a few homeowners might have them. Most are in the hand of professionals. Using them can be dangerous, […]

Mystery Object 188: Missionary Mechanism

Size: Sewing Table Recorded: October, 2014 Found: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA Circa:  19th Century Made: USA Material: Wood and metal Status: Known   Apologies for the highly edited image, but this item was too interesting to pass up, and the editing was necessary to obscure its purpose. This was found in the home of the first missionary on Lahaina. It was […]

Mystery Object 187: Round Rubbish

Size: Communion Wafers Recorded: September, 2014 Found: Cahokia, Collinsville, Illinois, USA Circa:  14th Century? Made: Illinois, USA Material: Ceramic Status: Known   Found in the ruins of the greatest pre-Columbian civilization of what became the United States, these pottery shards seemed unusual because they were evenly round. Archaeologists did a bit of research and discovered something interesting. They come in […]

Mystery Object 186: Mysterious Mickey

Size: Napkin Recorded: September, 2014 Found: North Branch Antiques, Antrim, NH Circa:  20th Century Made: Illinois, USA Material: Cast iron Status: Solved by Trond Helge   Thanks to Kitty Mervine for submitting this mystery object!  This oddly decorative item appears to be attached to piping, but for what purpose? Is it simply a valve to turn on water, or is there […]

Mystery Object 185: Batman Borrowment

Size: Index Card Recorded: September, 2014 Found: Facebook Circa:  Current Made: China (anywhere, reallly) Material: Steel Status: Known   Thanks to Andrew Hansford for submitting this mystery object!  While you could throw this at your enemies or use it as as stencil marking your devotion to either Cthulhu or the FSM, it’s not intended for either of those things. While […]

Mystery Object 184: Dirty Diamond

Size: Platter Recorded: September, 2014 Found: City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri  USA Circa:  1800? Made: United States Material: Steel or iron Status: Known     These are rather common, but aren’t used much currently. They were often added after a problem was observed, and as you can see from the picture, they were sometimes painted. The back side is completely flat. […]

Mystery Object 183: Stone Circle

Size: Jelly Donut Recorded: September, 2014 Found: Cahokia State Historic Site, Collinsville, Illinois, USA Circa:  1500? Made: United States Material: Quartzite and other stones Status: Known     Cahokia is the largest pyramid structure north of Mexico. It’s an entire city that once represented the capital of a pre-Columbia empire that controlled much of the Mississippi River Valley. These objects […]

Mystery Object 182: Handled Hoop

Size: Very large canoe paddle Recorded: September, 2014 Found: North Branch Antiques, Antrim, NH Circa:  1800s? Made: United States Material: Steel Status: Uknown         Thanks to Kitty Mervine for the submission! No one seems to know what this is. It’s an adjustable metal hoop, with a very long handle attached at an angle. One one side […]