Last week our curatorial staff posted a photograph of a mystery object in our collection. So far here is what you thought based on Blog and Facebook responses (results are only from our Facebook page and not from any personal posts of this blog entry.
Some sort of strainer – 11 votes
Potato Masher – 10 votes
Hot brick/coal/ember carrier – 8 votes
Device for indoor grilling – 7 votes
Deep frying basket – 6 votes
Basket for home canning – 3 votes
Sifter – 2 votes
Other ideas were also proposed. For example: a laundry suds-er, ice block carrier, kitty litter scooper, and a tool to make candles or paper. We are still stumped. However, based on the design, materials, and solidity of the piece, we are fairly certain that this is not a potato masher. This mystery object was found stored with our collection of kitchenware.