Friday, 22 January 2016

Give us a clue

I thought I'd have a little quiz so here goes....does anybody know what the pictured object is? As a clue I can say that it is an object of social history quite rare and dating from the early Thatcher years....any ideas?
UPDATE, people are getting close so I'll answer tomorrow.

23 comments:

Albert said...

Is that the battery out of my old analogue mobile phone, can't even think what it is.
I see someone has tried to go cross country by you, hope the family weren't about.

Thud said...

Not even close albert, its more interesting than that try again,yes lots of badly driven fiestas going through the hedgeline.

Vinogirl said...

Am I allowed to have a guess? Was it acquired circa 1981?

SippicanCottage said...

That looks suspiciously like some version of a popper.

Thud said...

Sipp,funnily enough you are on the right track.Vino...no you can't.

Michael said...

Is it part of a lamp of some sorts?

Old miner's lamp?

Thud said...

Scrobs, cold on the object but yes connected to unrest.

Spangler Bellé-Sauvage said...

That will be a 'Wee Bairn's tear jug.' Jarrow miners would salt their tea with the tears from their hungry children. The practice was started in the 1930's and continued right up until the miner's strike in 1985 - when the practice had to be abandoned due to the high infant mortality.

Thud said...

SBS, no I'm afraid but thanks for the info as I will now peruse ebay in search of said object as wallowing in the suffering of those less fortunate would certainly brighten what appears to be a rather dreary day.

James Higham said...

Landmine?

Thud said...

James...kind of close although Maggie never went that far..worse luck.

haddock said...

is the deformation from impact or part of the design ?

Thud said...

H. Impact, I think you have an idea hey?

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Lead ingot designed and manufactured for throwing at somebody (not taking sides here...!)

Thud said...

WY,without giving too much away I hope it was meant to fly.

haddock said...

used in Northern Ireland, fired at the road to bounce up, covered in rubber ?

Thud said...

H, very close but rarer and closer to home...mine that is.

haddock said...

cs/tear gas round or grenade, Toxteth riots ?

Albert said...

Tear gas container the type they fire into the crowd

Thud said...

H,Albert...tis indeed! one of the few ever fired on mainland Britain,it certainly did the trick on me,I'll post on it tomorrow...well done.

Albert said...

Haddock beat me by 2 mins, not fair, the sloping end fooled me, that'll have been where it hit the ground

Thud said...

albert, you snooze you loose! it hit the wall above my head by Ma Egertons pub,corner of Catherine st. and parliament opposite the rialto.

Albert said...

If that thing had hit you, they would have been going through your pockets to find out what your name was , so they could tell your next of kin, when I go by Parliament st I still get flashes of the Reeces electric milk vans everywhere and the mess and the old piccy house come furniture shop the ruins still smouldering, they really tore the heart out of the area