(2) 17th century Germanic door lock.(3) Ivory and bone artifacts, mainly P.O.W. work, early 19th century.(14) Ring with lockable poison(?) container (4) Lawn struck by lightning (?)(5) Horse tail docking device - brass, steel and mahogany. 19th century.(7) Fine specimen of iron pyrites.(9) Damn!!
Yes Mike, all correct; 3 are all needle-cases; I was hoping you would fall into the trap of calling 14 a key-ring! 9 Your reply is exactly what the ram would have thought when he found this ovine chastity-belt attached to the ewe of his choice.
I seem to have conflated item 8 with your response to Item 9.As might be guessed from my above response, item 8 is an Irish example from c.1870. it was attached to a ewe to dissuade the ram from having his wicked way with her. I have yet to ascertain under what circumstances a farmer might wish to prevent ovine procreation. Possibly with young or sickly ewews?
P.s. La\rge speciment of extinct Moa's right foot. If it's not extinct I bet it limps heavily.
Precisely so Mike. The Moa had lived happily in both of New Zealand's islands for about 7 million years, when the Polynesian Maori arrived a thousand years ago. Within 400 years all the Moa had died from excess tastiness. There were at least 9 species of Moa. Moa dinornis was the largest at about 10 feet tall and weighed in at over 6 cwt. (300 kilos).
P.P.S. number one is Possibly a witch ball (???)
Despite the similarity, the member of house-hold staff who used this was as likely to suffer a witch to enter the premises as a witch-ball was to admit her spells and curses.
1 is a Butler's ball for surveying guests9 is the Hoover Dam - I've visited it but it was full then13 power hammer for use in the field14 must be a key ring!
1. yes, well-done!9. Yes ~ they must have had a colossal Hoover to suck all the water out, damn !13. Yes, I had not seen this kind of belt-tension 'clutch' before.14. HO, HO, HO, Ho, Ho, Ho, ho, ho, ho ...... Sorry, Just practicing for Christmas ~
10. Launch of the space-shuttle Atlantis viewed from the international space-station.11. A lenticular cloud formation ~ source of many 'flying-saucer' reports.12. French (Dieppe) ivory carving of an Elizabethan bust on a plinth which opens to show a naked maiden in an iron-maiden who ought to be saying ~ "How many times have I told you? Don't slam the bleedin' doors."