Say what?

We have, for now, left the chests behind and started working on the rural collection. This collection turned out to be an unexpected challenge. The first challenge that arose was: “Do you see a museum number on this one?” “Hmm, no I can’t find one either”. It turned out that most of the objects had no museum number on them and without a number you can’t register them or find them in any database. We then thought that maybe if we looked up the objects name we might be able to find them and that brought about the next challenge. What on earth is the name of this object and what was it used for? Turns out it was rather difficult to name most of the objects or even say what they were used for.

Let me show some examples. The object in the picture is made of wood and has moveable blocks that is stuck to the top with strings but what is it?


Apparently it was a rat trap! The woodblocks were lifted, food put in, and when the rat went in to eat the blocks would fall and kill the rat.

The object under is made of wood and has a pointy metal tip. In the other end the wood is hollowed out and there’s a hole. It also normally comes with a lid to close it with but it was missing here. Any guesses what it is?

It’s a “budstikke” which resembles the function of the fiery cross in England. It was in the shape of an arrow and people put messages in the hollow end closed the lid and then delivered it to the recipient. If the recipient was not home the sharp tip was used to place it in the doorframe like in the picture under.

The many curious objects like this made it rather difficult to name objects and some of the names we found meant nothing to us and were almost impossible to pronounce like «nykjestyng» and “spjutedregg”!