posted on Mar, 6 2013 @ 01:47 PM
I couldn't take it anymore and I made a trip back to the museum to see if I could elicit any more information from the curator about the contents of
the chest. Unfortunately, she had a meeting to attend about 10 minutes later, so I had to make this fact finding mission brief.
She told me that her efforts to identify it have also so far failed. She is left to to wonder if this is a "one-of-a-kind" artifact.
She allowed me to see the chest and some of its contents (photo of chest below).
I was told that the chest originated in an old home in southwestern Ontario. The object was at the bottom of the chest and that is where the donor
found it. The contents of the chest, besides this mystery thing, consisted mostly of women's clothing dating from what the curator estimates to be
ca 1850 to pre-WWI (Edwardian, that is). The women's clothing ran the gamut of coats, waist jackets, gloves, corsets, linen sleepwear and
undergarments. The men's items were smaller. I saw a collar. There were some men's waistcoats in the chest I was told, but the donor opted to keep
those. The curator also pulled out and showed me some smallish textile remnants and an embroidered cover for a small side table.
Since everything in the chest was textile/clothing related, I don't know if that implies that the object is in some way connected with these things
in terms of an associated use.
None of the missing slats or any other wooden parts were in the chest. What I saw and handled is all that there was of that item.
This doesn't shed much more light on what this might be for me, but perhaps it does for someone else so I'm putting this out there.
The person with whom she was meeting arrived and so in the interest of being polite I had to leave without seeing the actual object again.