Feb - May 2011 Mystery Object

Can you guess what the Mystery Object was?

Look at the video and images and see if you can guess what it is. These questions might help you guess:

  • What material is this object made from?
  • Where have you seen something like this object in the past?
  • Who might have used this object?
  • For what purpose might they have used it for?
  • How could you use the object?

Scroll down for the answer.


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Mystery object




A wooden coin holder kept in the cash draw of a railway ticket office.

Passengers purchasing a train ticket would require change in either coins or notes. Each station would have enough wooden coin holders for each coin available at the time, such as
1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent & 20 cent. They started disappearing from stations in the 1960s.


Guesses submitted

Mould for making Easter eggs (Jan, age 62)
Wooden pattern for an axel hub for a wheel (Aaron, age 23)
Cannon ball holder (Kerry, age 33)
Wooden “gazunder” for a chamber pot to sit in (Jorja, age 48)
Door handle to open carriage sliding door (Tessa, age 4)
Ticket office money bowl to give change to a passenger through a glass window (Raymond, age 60)
Label wetter – to stick stamps and other things to letters (Ashleigh, age 14)
Money bowl (Sam, age 4)
Butter holder (Charlotte, age 11)
Food crusher (Leeann, age 11)
Ink well (Lisa, age 37)
Cash drawer (John, age 70)
Mould for train carriage buffer to other carriage buffers (Edward, age 64)