Tag Archives: objects

Mystery Item – May

This week, it is time for a mystery! This fascinating object is a ‘found object’, discovered in the Berowra district. As you can see, it is only a fragment of the whole, but the intriguing shape hints at the bigger picture. Can you guess what it was and what it was used for?

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Mystery Solved

Mystery object and photo courtesy of Harold and Isobel Harrison.

Mystery object and photo courtesy of Harold and Isobel Harrison.

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.

Ann

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A Christmas Mystery – Solved!

What could these Christmas Mystery items be?

What could these Christmas Mystery items be?

Last week, Berowra Living History bought our readers a Christmas Mystery. Did any of you guess what they were?

These clips are a fascinating part of Christmas past, being the early equivalent (dating from the early 1900s) of Christmas tree lights. They clipped onto the tree and each held a candle. They even had a prettily made tray to catch the wax as the candle melted. Light was an important part of Christmas celebrations, symbolising the Star of Wonder from the Nativity. Of course, lighting a highly flammable tree with candles was also dangerous, but the candles were not lit until Christmas Eve and often were not even added to the tree until then. They were also never left unattended.

Do you have memories of Christmas celebratiosn in Berowra? We’d love to hear from you!

Elissa

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A Christmas Mystery!

What could these Christmas Mystery items be?

What could these Christmas Mystery items be?

This week, Berowra Living History decided it was time for a Christmas Mystery!

These items were once a normal part of Christmas celebrations, but today are seldom seen.

Do you recognise them? Can you guess what they are?

Come back next week when all will be revealed!

From all of the team at Berowra Living History, have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Elissa

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Mystery Object – September

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As mysteries go, this item is a great little piece. I have heard many weird and wonderful explanations of its purpose, very few of them on target. It is a simple little item though, and one which I am sure many of our residents may have used at one time or another.

So what do you think it could be?

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Mystery Solved

Clearly a whistle, but what was it used for?

Clearly a whistle, but what was it used for?

This week we had a correct guess as to the provenance and importance of the whistle. Congratulations to Neil and Merle Davis for their guess:

In my opinion the article is a scout`s whistle and lanyard, which was part of the scout uniform, in past years. My son Mark has one identical to this, which was worn by me when I was in the 1st Hornsby troop. And both my sons used this same one.  Also, this same whistle was worn by the late Bill Foster. He, being, one of the 1st Berowra boys to join the 1st Berowra troop. Bill Foster was my brother in law, and he gave me the whistle when I joined the scouts and so on.

Congratulations to Neil and Merle Davis for their guess – an in fact, this is the very whistle they talk about!

Rhonda

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Mystery Object – May

Clearly a whistle, but what was it used for?

Clearly a whistle, but what was it used for?

This item is not a toy whistle but attains a greater significance and versatility in both its function and purpose. On the one hand used as a warning signal in times of stress whilst on the other as a salutation for someone of high ranking importance, this whistle conveys the many stories of the past in which it once operated.

The item also comes with a unique provenance which once revealed will shed further light on the subject.

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Mystery Not Solved – February 2013

This month's item really is a mystery!

This month’s item really is a mystery!

This week, the team at Berowra Living History have been very puzzled by our mystery object, as apparently have our friends, online and otherwise!

Supposition suggests that the item is pre WWI due to the way it is made, and the metal it appears to be made of – brass. The item is quite small, so it is obviously portable, but its exact use continues to evade us.

Some suggest the little item was used to produce steam. Not a bad guess, but what was the purpose of the steam? Others suggest the item is a flask with an overflow function while others still suggest it is for holding and distributing oil.

This week, the item has remained a mystery, but if you think you have the answer, please let us know!

Elissa

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Mytery Solved – September

Did you guess the mystery object?

Did you solve the mystery? Maybe you thought the object was a glue pot and brush such as those used in earlier times in homes and offices.

In post offices we have advanced from using glue pots to the convenience of stamps with adhesive backs which we needed to lick or wet with a sponge, to stamps which are self-adhesive!

As was mentioned last week this carpenter’s glue pot is from the Harrison Collection.  Isobel Harrison has informed us that it was donated to their collection by Mary Sykes, who, when her husband died, cared for the blind Eric Proctor at The Laurels guest house in Berowra from about 1960 to his death in 1984. Eric Proctor was much loved by the people of Berowra who visited him at The Laurels and were enriched by his wisdom.

Ann

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Mystery Object – September 2012

What could it be?

Take a close look at our September mystery object…

What do you think it was used for? What could it be called?

It is not too difficult, so make an intelligent guess if you have never encountered the real thing!

This mystery item is from the Harrison Collection and the photo is courtesy of Gabe Lomas.

Ann

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