Monday, September 2, 2013

Museum Mystery on Monday

On Saturday at work I tried to stay in my office and accession in items that have been accumulating on my shelves.
I was making progress and was able to discard two big boxes that held “stuff.”
Then a little old lady showed up with a huge box full of WWII items.  Some are very interesting but I saved them for another day.  Luckily her husband wrote little tags with great descriptions and told some history of the items…gotta love people like that!
Museum Shelves
I have four weeks to clear off these shelves.  I might make it.  See those sticks off to the side, it is an old croquet set that doesn’t have a stand.  I don’t know exactly how I will display that yet. Maybe I will put them in an old wooden box if I can find one…or an old bucket.
Everyone is frantically bringing items into the museum before we close. Every item must have duplicate paperwork, a number, a photograph and be entered into our computer system and a thank you letter must be written.  It all takes time.  It is detail oriented work so it is impossible to pass on to a volunteer.
Now for the mystery item!
Mystery Item
What do you think it is?  Did you ever have one?  I didn’t and I did not know what it was, but I figured it out.  It looks the same on both sides and it has a battery compartment on the bottom.  I think it takes two larger batteries maybe D cells. 
You would rarely need such a device today. I will update this post tonight about  6 PM with the correct answer:)

Update:  It is a battery operated machine that cleans LP Records.  The slot has a kind of fabric with fine hairs and the record is cleaned while rotating. 

23 comments:

  1. I will check back this evening. Never saw anything like it.

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  2. Never saw anything like it. Can't wait to find out what it is.

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  3. Stumped. Hmmm. I'll wait, too. Never had one, that's for sure. :-)

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  4. Here is a wild guess - is it a knife sharpener?
    Shirley H.

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  5. Sharpener for scissors? Hmmmm, that is hard to guess.

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  6. I will be waiting for the correct answer.

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  7. I guessed knife sharpener, too, or maybe a metronome?

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  8. Looks like a battery powered toaster for very skinny pieces of bread. ;)

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  9. I think it's a broken Metronome. The older ones had a... an arm? That swung back and forth...

    Maybe you could find an old barrel - or maybe get someplace to donate one of those little ones - to put your croquet mallets in.

    I can't wait to see the pictures of your WWII stuff!

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  10. Does it imprint something on paper? *shrugging*
    ~Laura

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  11. I haven't got a clue, but I recognize the Ouija board behind it.

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  12. It's good that people will donate things especially if they are documented.
    I think the object is a knife sharpener or maybe a card reader?
    Have a great day.

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  13. I was about ready to say knife sharpener but then "rarely need one today" makes me think that isn't it. My husband sharpens his knife on a stone just about every day, so we definitely would need one of them if that is what it was. Will check back.

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  14. I'm with Muffie. My first thought was a metronome, but that isn't quite right. The slot going through the top all the way through is the key. Well...guess I'll be back in a couple hours :)

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  15. Well, I didn't know what it was, but I am quite familiar with the Ouija Board behind it. My cousins used to scare the bejeezus out of me with a Ouija board.

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  16. I would never have guessed that at all!
    Isn't it interesting (scary) that things we have owned are often now considered museum worthy!

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  17. I didn't have a clue but I got here after you had posted the answer.

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  18. Oh, I had no idea what that was.

    Good luck with clearing those shelves.

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  19. I had no idea what it was. Kinda neat really!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

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  20. OMGosh! I learned something today. We just used a soft clean cloth to dust them off.
    I hope you get to the end of the shelves! Countdown time! :)

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