This mystery object has kept us guessing for quite a while!
We have continued to receive possible solutions for example that it might be used as a still. Thank you for that idea.
Most recently John Read has written:
“My suggestion for Harold’s Item is that it is a ‘Spirit Bottle with tube used to fill the Spirit Cup when lighting or starting up a Pressure Kerosene Lamp or Stove’… [the tube is detached…]
The Methylated Spirit in the Spirit Cup was lit to vapourise the kerosene which, under pressure, fuelled the stove or lit up the mantle in a Pressure Lamp.”
Thank you, John, Harold and his friends seem pretty convinced that you have solved the mystery.
Please contact us if you have any objects to mystify us in blog segments.