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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 15 Jan 2020, 17:39
by Big Kev
Wendyf wrote: 15 Jan 2020, 17:27 I recognise a yard brush when I see one! :laugh5: Did I mention that I got a new one for Christmas?
You may have mentioned it in passing :-)

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 00:05
by Cathy
Because he is dressed so well, I think he is a horse and carriage driver/ chauffeur and the broom is to sweep any mess or horse dung out of the way for his wealthy passengers.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 04:36
by Stanley
"Did I mention that I got a new one for Christmas? " you did Wendy and I grieved for you....
Wendy is right of course, he's a crossing sweeper. A way of making a living in a city by making sure the hoil poloi didn't tread in any horse muck. Usually kids but this was a bit different. It didn't fool Wendy.....
Next one?

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 05:13
by Marilyn
I hope the broom (wot Wendy got for Christmas) is getting lots of work...
Has it still got the tinsel on it, Wendy?

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 07:06
by Wendyf
All tinsel long since worn away! My lovely brush keeps very busy.... No need for commiserations Stanley, it was the first item on Santa's list.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 07:29
by Stanley
A lamentable statement Wendy. You are too practical!

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Can anyone tell me what this is?

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 08:58
by chinatyke
A mould for home-made candles?

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 09:21
by plaques
chinatyke wrote: 16 Jan 2020, 08:58 A mould for home-made candles?
Looks like a good suggestion to me China.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 09:21
by Gloria
Not much of an idea. Not sure of the size, looks like an ancient radiator, where hot water is poured into the top tray and runs down into the fins. Not sure why there is a ring attachment either.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 11:52
by Tizer
Going on from Gloria's suggestion, how about a `hot seat' for use in cold weather? You pour hot water into the tubes then sit on it! (well, it was just a thought!).
Or is it an early prototype Slush Puppy maker?

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 12:18
by Tizer
Mrs Tiz suggests it's something to do with the dairy - put ice in the tubes then lower it into the milk to cool it.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 12:51
by Stanley
China got it straight away! Sorry about that. I am trying..... Someone put another up!

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 14:33
by chinatyke
Stanley wrote: 16 Jan 2020, 12:51 China got it straight away! Sorry about that. I am trying..... Someone put another up!
Wow! It was a pure guess because the tubes appear to be slightly tapered. I was also thinking about heat exchangers like Gloria until I noticed the taper.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 16 Jan 2020, 16:48
by Tizer
Stanley wrote: 16 Jan 2020, 12:51 .. Someone put another up!
OK, where and what is this building?

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Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 00:05
by Marilyn
The ventilation turrets on the roof suggest a warm climate.
I shall say India...building doesn’t appear to be fenced or guarded, therefore I would say a public building.
Library or Council Offices?

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 02:53
by Stanley
I agree with Maz that it looks like a public building but not necessarily abroad, ventilation of such buildings was seen as essential for much of the 19th century when the 'Miasmic' origin of infectious diseases was a common belief. So I'll go for UK. What intrigues me is the number of windows that are stopped up with masonry. Reaction to the Window Tax? At a guess, a lecture hall of some kind?

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 08:49
by Gloria
Looks like a buzzer on the side of the door, so possibly not a building open to the general public. Cars outside, very difficult to tell, but think they are left hand drive. A uk embassy in foreign lands?

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 09:56
by Tizer
In the UK is correct and it would have been a public (council) building originally (but not Library or Council Offices). Not a lecture hall and not involved with education. As for the windows, it's an early 19th Century building but the whole of the frontage was given new windows to give a unified appearance in the 1970s. Therefore the photo is pre-1970s. I think the blanked out windows were built that way originally but not because of window tax, rather because of the building's function.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 12:49
by Stanley
Early cinema, theatre or camera obscura needing darkened rooms?

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 14:32
by Tizer
Good thinking! But nowt to do with those... :smile:

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 16:16
by Wendyf
Public baths?

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 16:49
by Tizer
Nice try Wendy, but no. :smile:

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 17:28
by Gloria
A prison??

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 18:20
by Wendyf
The design is similar to toll houses, but it's too big for that. Custom house?

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Posted: 17 Jan 2020, 20:33
by plaques
Prison for nuns.... A nuns clositered convent / monastery.